Come on homie what happened
You niggas ain't breathin', you gaspin'
These niggas ain't ready for action
Ready-ready for action

from Kanye West – Black Skinhead Lyrics on Rap Genius


Rap music is meant to be about pushing boundaries, both lyrically and sonically, but when Kanye looks to the rap music on the radio, “that’s not where I wanna be.” Kanye is bemoaning his fellow rappers for their lack of drive and ambition, and after this album, the other rappers are going to be even further behind. If they were out of breath trying to keep up with him before, now they’re going to be ‘gasping’.

In his live performance from SNL, the verse ends with these lines:

What do you say to a masked man
This Inglorious Bastard that’s rapping
We might have to burn this whole suit down
Like the theater that Hitler was trapped in

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