I woke up early this morning with a new state of mind
A creative way to rhyme without using knives and guns
On this sentimental concluding track of Kanye’s debut album, this line is especially potent. Kanye is commenting on his deviation from the brutal violence of traditional gangsta rap. He is certainly not the first to do so, but has pioneered and popularized this sentimental element of hip hop. His influence is evident in the music of some of his would-be protégés like Kid Cudi and Drake.
He expresses a similar sentiment on “My Way”, one of his earliest songs:
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