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The rise of the middle class rapper
When Kanye West emerged from the Chicago suburbs wearing a Louis Vuitton backpack and pink Polo shirt, the rest of hip-hop was fronting their street cred in gold chains and jerseys. West admits he had “looked up to the dopeman” on the track “We Don't Care,” but as an adult, he’s folding shirts at The Gap (“Spaceship”) and picking up college girls on the Internet (“Get ‘Em High”). Drake, Childish Gambino and Kid Cudi owe him a massive debt.