I do it for the forefathers, yeah, the street authors
That are now A&Rs in the cheap office

from Kanye West (Ft. Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, Jay Z, Kid Cudi & Pete Rock) – The Joy Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Many talented musicians who don’t make it end up in office cubicles working as A&Rs for record labels

Kanye does music for those who keep it real, making music from the heart and trying to keep hip hop alive (even if they are stuck with a shitty corporate job.)

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