Both Kanye and Jay exemplify (especially with their latest offerings) and embody rap’s fundamental principle of contradiction.
This concept is admitted too — in Jay and Ye’s collaboration, Watch the Throne, the pair purposely pitted opulence and poverty. The aim was not to shame either side, but to simply be. A perfect example is “Murder to Excellence,” where a track on the painful string of Brooklyn and Chicago murders switches to “a celebration of black excellence” without pause.
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