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      Kanye West: Operation Sierra Leone


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      The powers that be at Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam have pushed Kanye West's sophomore album, Late Registration back to August 16. The album was initially expected to release on July 12. West's music video for his first single, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone," directed by Hype Williams, premieres Wednesday (June 15) on BET and Monday (June 20) on MTV's "TRL." Shot in Prague, the video depicts the civil war and destruction caused by diamond trading in Sierra Leone. A remix of the song, featuring Jay-Z, is currently in heavy rotation.

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      What I don't get is that he isn't being real. Attempts to educate the masses but raps about useless crap. On the remix he raps about Sierra Leone knowing that he won't make a video for it and that it is only going to be on the internet.He made the original version just to appeal to the mainstream.
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      While I defintitely appreciate some of Kanye's work... I've never had the smallest misconception about what the brother is concerned with. He's afflicted with what I call "Blingism". The sole purpose of him being in the music industry is to make money. Have you seen the video for that song? What purpose does that serve?
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      Im confused about Kanye West. In the video he shows how Africans are being used as slaves in the diamond mines, but what he talks about during the video is a whole different subject, and at the end of the video in smallest print ever it says "buy conflict free diamonds", the video is already black and white, does he think people are gonna take notice to that.

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      Kanye Punked out, all the media hype and sit down interviews he did promoting this song was a waste! The video was lame as hell, the message confused as Roc-A-Fella Records direction, the end result a wet paper bag of a punch at the system exploiting Afrikan Children. Dude act like if you go to the Jew-Ree store they'll honestly tell you where the shiny rocks came from...Oh, no Mr. Nigga' these shiny rocks came from Jupiter I promise no Dead Lil' Suffering Nigga's like ya'self died for these...Now gimme your 80 G's and rest your ignorant conscience. Please. Kanye's egomania strikes again...a yawnfest like his first album I suspect.

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      You know I like Knaye a lot, but still I still I'm not feeling him wearing that diamonds and gold. Are his jewels conflict free????? I don't really know but I'm still trying to digest him doing that white jesus piece with Jacob the jeweler.I'm still Pi$$ed about that. Are Jacobs diamonds conflict free too. But it's not like you can't see where he stands from his actions it's right in our faces.
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      What the hell is a conflict free diamond? Does anyone actually believe it's possible for such a thing to exist?
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      Quote Originally Posted by beliefofyouth
      What the hell is a conflict free diamond? Does anyone actually believe it's possible for such a thing to exist?

      Now that you bring it up. I doubt if anything such a conflict free diamond exist, because their no way in hell anyones digging diamonds out of a diamond mine without being realy well payed wich I doubt is happening, the people minning for these so called conflict free diamonds are probably very underpayed wich might as well be called slavery anyway.

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      Quote Originally Posted by beliefofyouth
      What the hell is a conflict free diamond? Does anyone actually believe it's possible for such a thing to exist?
      THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

      NO diamonds are cool to own. ALL are blood diamonds. I will NEVER sport a diamond of any size anywhere on my living or dead body. NEVER.

      The pseudo-activist backpacker wannabe poet pimp RAP artists kill me with their b.s. Want to appeal to us "hip hop purists" as well as the masses who are addicted and obsessed with Blingism.

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      I heard the song (but haven't seen the video yet). Personally I liked the song. I thought the message was right on point. I guess I have to see the video to understand what all of the controversy (on this thread) is all about.

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      Oh come on people, give the brotha some damn credit. I mean, many people had no idea about the truth about diamonds until this video. He may contradict himself but at least he's bringing this to the attention of our people who have no idea where the "bling-bling" comes from. I'm glad he made this video, it's about time information like this comes to the American public. Look at it this way, it's doing alot more than these videos that display all these half-naked women and ignorant negroes.
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      Sorry i cant say much a bout the song or the video, havents seen or heard it. But just a quick thought. hope im not too off topic but diamonds arent the only things with our blood & sweat on it... We might as well walk around naked, what yall think?

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      Moorish Rebel, all the brother did was make this issue Commercial. Now the Mainstream -- usually meaning white society -- knows whats up. I give him credit for using his celebrity for worldwide awareness. But acting like this has been some great revolutionary act on his part reminds me of when folks say "the lyrics are shit, but the beat is tight!"

      When I hear the song, I hear him talking about himself...he may start off on the issue, but the song seems to move to being about him and what he's doing. If I'm wrong, correct me.

      I dig anyone Trying to bring something different to the mix, with not having a video filled with nonsense and gross whoredom of our sistren, but I'm not feeling the whole "dig diamonds, but don't dig them". I'm getting sick of us being so apathetic on things just because those of us who love hip hop and call themselves our favorite word of the season, "conscious", are so desperate for something supposedly "outside the box". We'll dig anything as long as it's anti-50 Cents.

      Whatever man. Peace.

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      Quote Originally Posted by ThoughtfulGirl
      You know I like Knaye a lot, but still I still I'm not feeling him wearing that diamonds and gold. Are his jewels conflict free????? I don't really know but I'm still trying to digest him doing that white jesus piece with Jacob the jeweler.I'm still Pi$$ed about that. Are Jacobs diamonds conflict free too. But it's not like you can't see where he stands from his actions it's right in our faces.
      Sis i havent seen the video but i can dig some of what youre saying here. Wont jump to any straight conclusions till i see it for myself but i can see where you coming from specially when the greatest leaders of our time practiced what they preached. What direction is he going in... Havent seen the video but i have seen Mr west in a few diamonds himself...

      As for conflict free, that shouldnt even be a thought... they aint fooling me.

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