314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago

from Kanye West (Ft. Jay Z) – Murder to Excellence Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

These are 2008 figures: The Associated Press counted at least 314 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq, down from 904 in the previous year, while the Chicago Tribune reported 509 homicides in Chicago (an 15% percent increase compared to 2007).

This isn’t the first time Kanye has referenced the Chicago death count in a song.

Also, this is the second verse in the row which Kanye ended with a statistic, providing symmetry.

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