Analysis & Critical Essay 6.docx - Orlando Brown History of Rap Analysis and Critical Essay 6 Part 2 Analysis Jesus Walks \u2013 Kanye West(pg 708-709

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Orlando Brown History of Rap 4/19/18 Analysis and Critical Essay 6 Part 2: Analysis Jesus Walks – Kanye West (pg 708-709) Producer: Kanye West Song Writers: Kanye West & Che Smith Source: Wikipedia, Songfacts, and Genius Release Date: May 25 th , 2004 Link: Intro Order, huh Yo, we at war We at war with terrorism, racism, but most of all we at war with ourselves Highlighting the biggest issue within society Hook (Jesus walk) God show me the way because the Devil's tryin' to break me down (Jesus Walks with me, with me, with me, with me, with me) Verse 1 You know what the Midwest is? Young and Restless Where restless (niggas) might snatch ya necklace And next these (niggas) might jack ya Lexus Violence in Chicago. If you’re from Chicago, you’ll have a deeper understanding of these line Somebody tell these (niggas) who Kanye West is For a while Kanye was an unknown producer, so here he’s telling people they should know his name now because it’s his time. I walk through the valley of Chi where death is Top floor of the view alone will leave you breathless Try to catch it, it's kinda hard Could be a reference to the Chicago Skyline or a biblical reference ... Jesus 40 days/nights in the desert Getting choked by detectives yeah, yeah, now check the method They be asking us questions, harass, and arrest us Reference to police brutality towards African Americans Saying "We eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast!" Huh! Y'all eat pieces of shit? What's the basis?
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This comes from the movie Happy Gilmore. Kanye used this to show the way McGavin was talking to Sandler throughout the movie reflected how police talk down to African Americans. We ain't goin' nowhere, but got suits and cases Suits = corpses suited up in coffin (gun violence to young black men) & Cases = court case and dealing with the court system from a black man perspective. A trunk full of coke, rental car from Avis My Mama used to say only Jesus can save us Well Mama, I know I act a fool But I'll be gone 'til November, I got packs to move, I hope Reference to the last episode of ‘The Wire” when D’Angelo Barksdale was caught in a rental from Avis with a trunk full of cocaine and “Gone til November” is a song by Wyclef Jean about selling drugs down south.
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