This is an aristocracy
I’m Socrates, but my skin more chocolately
Socrates was a gadfly; according to the account in Plato’s Apology, he was unpopular in Athens for questioning the moral, intellectual, and political norms of his time. So by saying that he is a black Socrates, Kanye is saying that, like Socrates, he is a gadfly who speaks unpopular truths.
Socrates was hardly an aristocrat. Indeed, his sharp-tongued wife Xanthippe was notorious in Athens for complaining of her husband’s poverty. Socrates served as a soldier and worked as a stonemason, dying penniless. He was, however, suspected of encouraging the aristocratic leadership of the Thirty Tyrants, who briefly ruled Athens after a coup d'etat.
Also concludes a triad of callouts:
Hypocrisy = Hippocrates
Aristocracy = Aristotle
Socrates = …Socrates
Plus, it’s important to note that Socrates was ordered to be killed by the government of Athens for his outspoken nature and unpopular beliefs. Essentially, he was persecuted due to a lack of the right to free speech in Athenian society, and he died a martyr. No doubt Kanye also considers himself a similar kind of victim, especially in the wake of the infamous 2009 Taylor Swift incident. See Kanye’s verse in the 2012 GOOD Music song/remix “I Don’t Like.1”: “The media crucify me like they did Christ.” And also his notorious 2006 Rolling Stone cover shot, where he appears with a crown of thorns as Christ the Redeemer.
This comparison was first used by Pusha T on “Hell Hath No Fury”.
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