You gotta wash your hands of 'em,

from Kanye West – Gossip Files Lyrics on Rap Genius


Kanye is not your stereotypical rapper. He ain’t rapping ‘bout toting guns and what not. He ain’t “talking about coke and birds / It was more like spoken word. Also, hand washing has a lot of historical context. Pontius Pliate famously “washed his hands” of the decision to crucify Jesus, saying, 'I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it’. Perhaps Yeezy is washing his hands of these rappers who are all “coke and birds”.

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