Ain’t no question if I want it, I need it
It, in this context, refers to fame, and the chorus serves as sort of an anthem for those who fervently pursue fame.
The subject of fame has long piqued Kanye’s interest as a songwriter. Since he stepped into the limelight back in 2004, he’s provided his listeners with several evocative anecdotes that when pieced together form the great cinematic framework of Kanye’s streets-to-success story.
Through the depiction of an average man’s desperation (and by making his everyday routine seem soul-depleting), the songs' grim settings provided some justification for Mama Donda’s Son’s ascent into superstardom. But putting all of that aside, what really seemed to give Kanye incentive to embrace a life of fame was a single event- a brush with death that would inspire him to release his first single.
The incident that inspired Through the Wire Freestyle led to Kanye West’s mythic emergence in the game. First surviving and later thriving upon such a near-fatal mistake instilled within him a new self-image: that of the Heaven-Sent Instrument (see: J. Ivy’s verse in Never Let Me Down). After the incident, Kanye internalized the idea that it was his God-given duty to rap, and thus from the ashes of personal wreckage came the Malcolm West persona featured in this song.
NOTE: Kanye’s hunger drove him to where he is today purely out of necessity. Accomplishing the goals that he continues to set for himself requires the use of cross-platform multi-media; something underground rappers rarely get. Today Kanye has the mainstream outlets he’s wanted all of his life and he’ll be damned if he’s going to let it drift away from him.
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