Uh, I be speaking Swaghili
Swahili is a Bantu/Arabic language spoken by various East African communities, eg: Kenya and Tanzania. ‘Swag’ is short for swagger; Kanye has so much swagger that it is evident in his speech.
When Ye articulates his vision, it’s so far beyond his competitors' comprehension that to them it sounds and looks like a foreign language.
Hip hop’s rappers are the cultural descendants of the West African story-telling tradition. This line, while dripping with off-the-cuff swag, actually pays homage to Kanye’s African roots. It’s often said that the name “Kanye” means “the only one” in Swahili, but it’s actually an Igbo word. Oh well. The sentiment is certainly still there!
And get this…
Recently, David Peterson, the man constructed the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for Game of Thrones, actually created the basis of the Swaghili language, including parts of speech and key phrases.
Swaghili … should be a creole that mashes [English] up with Swahili. … The language should occasionally use rap slang, too. Preferably Chicago-area. But most importantly, Swaghili should rhyme constantly. Rapping should just ooze out of it — swag incarnate.
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