I did that time and spent that bread

from Kanye West (Ft. Alicia Keys, Alvin Fields, Charlie Wilson, Drake, Elly Jackson, Elton John, Fergie, John Legend, Ken Lewis, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Ryan Leslie, The-Dream & The World Famous Tony Williams) – All of the Lights Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Our hero goes to prison for hitting his girl, and also has to pay her alimony and child support (they have a child, as we will see). After he “pays his debt to society”, will it accept him again?

In terms of Kanye’s own fame, he did in fact step out of the public eye for a while (while holed up recording this album mostly), and probably lost potential earnings as a result of his damaged public persona. This situation can be applied to many celebrities who publicly do wrong

He then took to radio, TV, and Twitter for a public relations barrage in which he tried to win back some good will (it also doubled as album promo). He eventually gave up, claiming that he was just a natural asshole This could possibly refer to Les Miserables as well. The main character, Jean Valjean, is arrested for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s family. Jean “did his time” and “spent money for the bread” in the end.

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