While Kanye West produces some lyrics that embrace the theme of “braggadocio”, I find that his song “Homecoming” (link posted below) from the Graduation album is one of his more humbling pieces. I really enjoy this lyric not only because of the fact that I have a soft spot for piano-based beats or because of the nostalgic hook, but more because it possesses a sentimental value that makes me think of home and my own relationships as an adolescent.
In this song, Kanye describes a girl with whom he had a camera relationship, and how his career and life in the fast lane affected that relationship. Then at the end of the track, West reveals in the last line of verse: “If you don’t know by now, I’m talkin’ bout Chi town”, that the “girl” is really his hometown, Chicago. The meaning of this song is one that resonates agreeably with listeners because almost all people feel a sense of loyalty, pride, or other strong feelings about going back “home.”
West uses the metaphor of a childhood sweetheart to represent how much he cares about his hometown. He uses the girl to show that there is no love like first love (which most people can agree with), and that where you come from becomes a part of who you are later in life (especially when you’re making millions off of record labels, thanks for the words of wisdom Kanye).