In the projects one day, to Project Runway

from Kanye West (Ft. DJ Khaled) – Cold Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A very common subject in rap, this line is an allusion to the frequent ‘come-up’ or ‘underdog’ stories in rap.

‘Ye talks about coming from the projects, inexpensive housing, stereotypically for African-Americans, and usually seen as representative of a difficult and financially insecure childhood.

He uses this to link to the glamour and glitz that he has worked to obtain. He uses the previous ‘projects’ to connect to the popular fashion show Project Runway, in which designers compete to create the best fashions.

Kanye is known for his design clothing line and fashion sense, so it is quite suitable for him to use this as representative for his position in culture.

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