So basically, my main focus became music. Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

Kanye never took anything for granted when it came to his music, as he said on Spaceship:

Y'all can’t match my hustle
You can’t catch my hustle
You can’t fathom my love dude
Lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for 3 summers

And it all paid off, he is now considered one of the greatest hip-hop artists to have ever lived and will probably be remembered long after his death for the passion he put into his craft.

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This gangbanging shit is so real that you not going to front whatsoever. Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

The gang-banging culture of Chicago later created their own subgenre of rap, Drill Rap, and from the number of Drill rappers that are getting arrested, including RondoNumbaNine being arrested for murder, you can tell Kanye wasn’t lying here.

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That’s another reason I want to rap, too. Not just to be a rapper, but to express my sarcastic, my asshole opinion about things. Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

This is very true, Kanye is now known worldwide for not being afraid to voice his opinion on anything he thinks is wrong with the world, whether that is thinking Beyoncé deserved a grammy over Taylor Swift, or thinking George Bush was ignoring blacks in New Orleans Post Katrina, he always speaks his mind on the matter.

And although many people hate him for this, just as many love him for it, and he will continue to give his opinions on everything, as he said on Get Em High:

Why you think me and Dame cool? We assholes
That’s why we hear your music in fast forward

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“H to the Izzo” for the album The Blueprint Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

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Midnight Marauders. Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

This refers to A Tribe Called Quest’s classic album, which is considered one of the greatest albums in the history of Hip-Hop, check out the album here!

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Is that automatically going to lower my record sales like crazy because I said I never sold crack? Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

No, it didn’t, Kanye quickly became one of the highest selling Hip-Hop artists on the planet without ever having to resort to talking about selling drugs, the College Dropout alone has sold 3.3 million units.

And of course, his 3rd studio album, Graduation, outsold noted Gangster rapper 50 Cent’s album, Curtis, proving it is possible to be popular without talking about gangster shit.

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I was on the basketball team freshman year. Interview with Kanye West by Complex (Ft. Jay Z, Lil Wayne & T.I.)

He never played, however, as you can see in the booklet that comes with “The College Dropout” physical album.

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shuttle lands in the massive docking bay.
Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - 3rd Draft by George Lucas (Ft. Lawrence Kasdan)

The shuttle Vader comes into the scene in is the “Lambda-class T-4a shuttle”, which can be seen throughout the series, it is mostly used by the Galactic Empire for transporting troops and supplies.

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Diplomats!/Dipset! Ad-libs Explained by Rap Genius

A reference to his rap group, Dipset (officially known as The Diplomats), most well known for their Diplomatic Immunity series of albums, Dipset’s members include:

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Sick of the smugglin', takin' daily chances
Prayin' with his fam to turn this section to a mansion
Playin' with the flames, don't get burned, so he dances
Hopin' to make it out, takin' penitentiary chances
Born On The Block by Big KRIT (Ft. Big Sid & Killer Mike)

In his efforts to make enough money to leave the hood, he had to turn to illegal activities (like smuggling), which always have a very high chance of getting you arrested or killed, hence the metaphor was playing with flames (crime) and trying not to get burned (arrested or killed).

He would do anything to finally get out of the hood, even if it has a high chance of getting him arrested because he is tired of living in a dangerous and impoverished area.

Also note how he used metaphors like “fire” and “flames”, this could be a play on how it is said the block is “hot” when there are police there, and how he might be going to jail due to the police arresting him.

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