Now in its fourth week, Occupy Wall Street, a series of demonstrations in New York City protesting social and economic inequality, and the influence of money and corporate greed on government, has been getting a lot of attention. Essentially, the 99% of people who don't hold the majority of the nation's wealth are protesting the 1% that do. Hence the slogan you make have seen kicking around: "We are the 99%"
Various musicians have come out to show their support for the demonstrators, most notably Talib Kweli, Immortal Technique, and Anti-Flag. But the one musician that has garnered the most attention didn't even perform.
Much to everyone's surprise and/or chagrin, Kanye "I live by two words, f**k you, pay me" West popped up at Occupy Wall Street over the weekend. The Louis Vuitton Don (net worth $70 million) arrived with his plus 1, Russell Simmons (net worth $325 million) to show support for the…99%? Right? Uhh..yeah, sure guys.
Russell and Yeezy were clearly lost behind enemy lines and we've got the lyrics to prove it. Here are the top 5 lyrics showcasing why Kanye was rooting for the wrong team:
La la la la / Wait till I get my money right / I had a dream I can buy my way to Heaven / When I awoke, I spent that on a necklace
Well if tonight's the night, pop bottles, f*** models / Spend money 'til you broke, my n**ga live your life
You short minded n**gas' thoughts is Napoleon / My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goalies in / Now I embody every characteristic of the egotistic / He knows, he's so f**kin' gifted
They say I'm crazy, well, I'm 'bout to go dumb again / They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz / Last week I was in my other other Benz
Sure he's all money, cash, cars, but let's not forget a time when some of Kanye's plaques still said Kayne and the rap was still eating his fair share of humble pie:
I say f*ck the police, that's how I treat 'em / We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom / We buy a lot clothes but we don't really need 'em / Things we buy to cover up what's inside / 'Cause they made us hate ourself and love they wealth
So before we rag on this cash king, let's not forget his small beginnings! Thanks for the support Yeezy.
Check out our full gallery of photos of Kanye at Occupy Wall Street.