While this piece of news maybe a bit stale in the United States, it’s still fresh in the rest of the world – Up and coming hip hopper Kanye West reworked his song “Diamonds from Siera Leone”, originally titled “Diamonds are Forever”, when he first heard of conflict diamonds.
Conflict Diamonds are diamonds sold for arms and war supplies. Rebel groups, traders, transport companies, arms smugglers are among the many involved. The reworked song has been released as the “remix” version (I got my copy from the Ipod store). In the song, a conflicted Kanye even takes a jab at Jacob of Jacob and Co, a popular jewelry and watch brand among hip hop artists.
An excerpt of the Song’s Lyrics:
Good Morning, this ain’t Vietnam still
People lose hands, legs, arms for real
Little was known of Sierra Leone
And how it connect to the diamonds we own
When I speak of Diamonds in this song
I ain’t talkin bout the ones that be glown
I’m talkin bout Rocafella, my home, my chain
These ain’t conflict diamonds, is they Jacob? don’t lie to me mayne
See, a part of me sayin’ keep shinin’,
How? when I know of the blood diamonds
Though it’s thousands of miles away
Sierra Leone connect to what we go through today
Over here, its a drug trade, we die from drugs
Over there, they die from what we buy from drugs
The diamonds, the chains, the bracelets, the charmses
I thought my Jesus Piece was so harmless
’til I seen a picture of a shorty armless
And here’s the conflict
It’s in a black person’s soul to rock that gold
Spend ya whole life tryna get that ice
On a polar rugby it look so nice
How could somethin’ so wrong make me feel so right, right?
‘fore I beat myself up like Ike
You could still throw ya Rocafella diamond tonight, ’cause (more)
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