Or black as Chaun-cey
Remember him from Blackstreet, he was as black as the street was
Chauncey is a very Dark-skinned man
Al B. Black/Back reference. Al Be. Back is the guy that played Brooklyn, in the movie “ATL”. He appeared on a bonus track on this very same Graduation Album. Pretty sure on top of the Al B. Sure reference, he was also referencing Al B. Back….Al B dammed if any lets that little reference sneak pass unnoticed
“Black as the street” is a double entendre. It could be referring to the color of the street, as in black asphalt, as well as the fact that the “street” lifestyle is commonly associated with black men and black culture. Chauncey is both a dark-skinned man (which contrasts the reference to Al B., who is light-skinned) as well as a member of the black “street” community.
When Yeezy says he’ll never be as black as Chauncey, he may be referring to the idea that he’ll never be as involved with the stereotypical black/street lifestyle as Chauncey was (though this is questionable due to Kanye’s supposed affiliation with Chicago gangs).
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