314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago
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.
Ye is explaining how much more devastating the streets are for U.S. citizens than the war in Iraq. 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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