And mansions on the fault line of a shaky market

from Jay Electronica (Ft. J. Cole, Reflection Eternal & Yasiin Bey) – Just Begun Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Great line by Mos Def as he says that the economies of the world lay founded on the fortunes of Wall Street, which were based on the derivative-loan mortgages of the U.S. housing market

When the banks, insurance companies, Wall Street and the rest of the financial sector abruptly had their loans called in (by who though?), they had their cash-flows and their money all sucked up from under them, which crippled the ENTIRE world’s economies

There were signs that this was going to happen such as the rising values of homes that were always shown on TV and in banks on graphs that PROJECTED homes to keep climbing higher and higher in “value”, even though the basis of these claims was “shaky” since NEVER before in world history had home values ever increased so much for so long

(consider this the fault line, especially how it resembles a seismic graph)

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