audio review : Diamonds From Sierra Leone ( song ) … Kanye West ( featuring Jay-Z )

Jay-Z shines here. Part of it has to do with the grandiose way protégé Kanye West introduces him and much of it has to do with the beat, an Indianish dance joint led by a Shirley Bassey song sample he (Jay-Z) is wise enough to acknowledge. While the mogul spends three-too many bars on his support for Memphis Bleek, this is one of his best verses. West stays truer to the concept though, which makes a moral argument against diamonds cut to promote war in Africa. “These ain’t conflict diamonds,” he asks Jacob The Jeweler, “Don’t lie to me, man.”

my rating = 4 of 5


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