Back when Gucci was the shit to rock Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

In Kanye’s book — Through the Wire — he recalls being obsessed with Gucci back when he was still broke. He once made 2 ATM trips to buy these $425 Gucci sneakers:

Also a nice subtle synergy — referencing the “back when” days, when the video has an entirely “back when” style…

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Now let's go, take 'em back to the plan
Me and my momma hopped in that U-Haul van
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

During the outro of 2004’s The College Dropout, “Last Call” recounts the day he and his mom packed up his belongings in a U-Haul van and moved to Newark, New Jersey

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Baby, I'm going on an airplane
And I don't know if I'll be back again
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Recalling John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

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Uh-uh-uh, uh-uh-uh uh uh onnn, uh uh-uh onnn
Uh-uh onnn, uh uh-uh
Gone by Kanye West (Ft. Cam'ron & Consequence) 1

Kanye is imitating Slick Rick’s similar “uh-uh-uh"ing from “The Show” here

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Wished I had told ooh was the only one (uh oh!)
But it's too late, it's too late he's gone
Gone by Kanye West (Ft. Cam'ron & Consequence) 1

The track samples Otis Redding’s classic version of “It’s Too Late”. Hear another take on the tune by Derek and the Dominos here with Eric Clapton singing and Duane Allman on slide guitar

Notice that Kanye didn’t have it say “She’s gone” — like on the original sample — but instead “He’s gone” — he cut the “s” sound off — so that he chorus would be more in reference to himself and the flow of the album — being that it’s the final (regular) track on the album (there’s also a bonus track, “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”, and a hidden track, “Late”)

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Any pessimists I ain't talk to them
Plus I ain't have no phone in my apart-a-ment
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

The nice part about not having enough money to afford a phone? Nobody can call you to say mean things!

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I'd do anything to say I got it
Damn, them new loafers hurt my pocket
Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Ye would have done whatever it took to shine, even if those new shoes cost all he had.

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But I still feel possessed as a gun charge Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Lupe’s so insane with his skills that people might joke that he’s “possessed”. Plus, when you get caught with a firearm you’re not legally allowed to be packing, you are charged with gun possession

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So, I represent the first Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

He represents the record label that he started, 1st and 15th Records — named after the days of the month when welfare checks arrive. Notice too, that this is the fifteenth line in his verse.

It has also been suggested that “first” can stand for the First Amendment or Nation of Islam theories that the black man is the “first” or “original” man.

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Lupe cool as the unthawed Touch the Sky by Kanye West (Ft. Lupe Fiasco)

Lupe does this on various songs, especially the extended metaphor in Lupe the Killer or his recent song “Super Cold”. At that time people that rocked ice, i.e. jewellery, were viewed as being cool, and obvious contrast to Lu who feels just as cool without the bling.

Also note that if something hasn’t thawed out yet (i.e meat), it is still cold or cool, adding to the wordplay.

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