Kanye West – New Slaves

Hip hop mogul Kanye West had a laundry list of issues to itemize, along with singer Frank Ocean, in 2013.

Racial segregation in schools is noted to the extent of separate drinking fountains for blacks and whites. Kanye also points to the fashion industry for past racism. It goes on.

A larger theme might be criticizing mindless consumerism, even though West is easily able to afford luxuries and set popular culture trends. Maybe that makes the man a hypocrite, or at least someone who thoughtfully feels conflicted by his wealth given the struggles of his people in the past, and the challenges many of his brothers and sisters continue to face. Whatever, the chorus crudely suggests that for Kanye, its better to lead than follow (or is that, better to give, than to receive)?

This is the type of song that raises many political issues, with individual lines that could be parsed as individual posts.

The song quotes from Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. Also by West, reviewed here: Otis

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