The ghetto has been bastardized by those who capitalize

from Kanye West (Ft. Common) – Back to Basics Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Common is saying that the getto has been bastardized by those who capitalize on the ghetto — by rappers and major record labels that use that ghetto-image to sell more records and make more money while not giving anything to the ghetto in return. They’re just using it for their own profit.

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