We all self-conscious, I'm just the first to admit it

from Kanye West (Ft. Syleena Johnson) – All Falls Down Lyrics on Rap Genius


We all do the things he names in this song (albeit sometimes subliminally) such as spending more money than we have and buying things (figuratively and literally) to forget the fact that were not really free. But he’s the first person to bring up the elephant in the room.

These 10 words are a huge and essential part of Kanye’s thesis about EVERYTHING and he’s absolutely correct that it was important for him to cop to it because few, if any, rappers would have admitted any weakness whatsoever a the time this album came out (to be clear, it’s not actually a weakness, but instead a variation of Socrates’s statement that the “unexamined life is not worth living,” even though what Kanye said would be perceived as a weakness, which is Kanye’s whole point!).

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