Except he's really putting it down?

from Kanye West – Through The Wire Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kanye is addressing that his verses are like spoken word poetry, unlike the other Roc-a-Fella artists.

“Except” in this line suggests that despite what stereotypes or connotations you, (the listener) may have about spoken word, Kanye actually spits ill verses, and does it well.

I miss this Kanye!

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