Five years we been over
We finally learn who the girl that Kanye was addressing is: his ex-fiance Alexis Phifer. Ye and Phifer broke off their engagement five years ago, but he’s clearly not completely over it.
Ye uses lyrics that compare his love-life over the last 5 years to a depressed alchoholic to show that being with Alexis was his happy and drunken state, and everything after the breakup has been the painful hangover.
It’s very interesting that Kanye would rap about his lingering feeling for his ex now, considering that the release date of Yeezus came very close to the due date of the child he fathered with Kim Kardashian (North West). But this just goes to show that the Kanye on this album, and probably in the future isn’t going to hold anything in anymore, no matter what happens. This makes him a reliable narrator.
The way he says “five” also sounds a bit like ‘Phif,’ which would be an obvious allusion to her.
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