For those who might be wonderin', Kanye’s constant utterance of “Huh?” in this song is actually a trademark of his flow, going all the way back to his break-out days like “Jesus Walks”. He often uses it to emphasize something he just said, like: “Yeah, that’s right! I said it! What are you gon' do about it, HUUUUUUUH?!?”
In the wake of the Taylor Swift VMA Awards incident, Kanye West spent much late 2009 and early 2010 out of the spotlight, isolating himself at his studio in Hawaii and even separating from his girlfriend at the time in order to craft tracks for his upcoming album, all the while saying little to nothing to the outside world.
Note Kanye’s ongoing use of imagery in the last lines of the first verse:
With some light-skinned girls and some Kelly Rowlands >> (darkest member of Destiny’s Child)
In this white (light) man’s world, we the ones chosen >> (dark undertone clearly)
So goodnight (dark) , cruel world, I see you in the morning” (light)
This track was produced by none other than Kanye West.
It’s speculated that the instrumental is that of a left-over track from Kanye West’s previous album 808’s & Heartbreak. It certainly sounds like it.
Everybody got a deal, I did it without one….
Drake refers to the fact that he was unsigned for quite some time but was doing arguably better than some people already on record labels.
It’s all in disarray this parade I walk
They get amazed when they catch a chain I toss
Amidst this array of different ways I talk
And it hangs from your brain if my chain you caught…
The parade is the rap game that Lu is walking in, but it is in disarray and out of order. The chain symbolizes his lines and people get amazed when they understand what he is saying.
Also in parades (Mardi Gras) when you catch an actual chain people get excited. It ‘hangs from your brain’ is simply you remember it and it take thought to actually understand his lines.
“How could you be so Dr. Evil” is actually a line contributed by Mr Hudson, Kanye’s UK friend who helped co-write the song.
“She hot and cold” might also be an allusion to Katy Perry’s “Hot and Cold”, right before the song was released.
BTW, this song is actually just a re-up of Kanye’s previous song “Home” featuring John Legend off of an old mixtape called Freshman Adjustment, released before The College Dropout even dropped. Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AleAzWe8rs
“I met this girl when I was three years old
And what I loved most she had so much soul.”
Those lines are actually an allusion to Common’s classic “I Used to Love H.E.R.”, which is a similarly metaphorical song. Common is on Kanye West’s label and appears in the video for this song as well.
The outro in this song is provided by back-up vocalist Tony Williams, whose debut album will be released on September 14th of 2010, the same day as Kanye’s new album.
Tony Williams vocal chops are more prevalent on Kanye’s follow-up album, “Late Registration”.