Diamonds From Sierra Leone
Kanye West Lyrics


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Diamonds are forever
They won't leave in the night
I've no fear that they might
Desert me

Diamonds are forever (forever, forever)
Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe
Diamonds are forever (forever, forever, forever)
The Roc is still alive every time I rhyme
Forever ever? Forever ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?
Ever, ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?

Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic
Vegas on acid, seen through Yves St. Laurent glasses
And I've realized that I've arrived
Cause it take more than a magazine to kill my Vibe
Does he write his own rhymes, well sort of, I think 'em
That mean I forgot better shit than you ever thought of
Damn, is he really that caught up?
I ask if you talked about classics, do my name get brought up?
I remember I couldn't afford a Ford Escort
Or even a four-track recorder
So it's only right that I let the top drop on a drop-top Porsche
It's for yourself, that's important
If your stripper name "Porscha" and you get tips from many men
Then your fat friend, her nickname is "Minivan"
Excuse me, that's just the Henny, man
I smoke, I drink, I'm supposed to stop, I can't because

Diamonds are forever (forever, forever)
Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe
Diamonds are forever (forever, forever, forever)
The Roc is still alive every time I rhyme
Forever ever? Forever ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?
Ever, ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?

I was sick about awards, couldn't nobody cure me
Only playa that got robbed but kept all his jewelry
Alicia Keys tried to talk some sense in him
30 minutes later sein' there's no convincin' him
What more could you ask for? The international asshole
Who complain about what he is owed?
And throw a tantrum like he is 3 years old
You gotta love it though somebody still speaks from his soul
And wouldn't change by the change, or the game, or the fame
When he came in the game, he made his own lane
Now all I need is y'all to pronounce my name
It's Kanye, but some of my plaques, they still say Kayne
Got family in the D, Kin-folk from Motown
Back in the Chi, them Folks ain't from Moe Town
Life movin' too fast I need to slow down
Girl ain't give me no ass, ya need to go down
My father been said I need Jesus
So he took me to church and let the water wash over my caesar
The preacher said we need leaders
Right then my body got still like a paraplegic
You know who you call, you got a message, then leave it
The Roc stand tall and you would never believe it
Take your diamonds and throw 'em up like you bulimic
Yeah, the beat cold but the flow is anemic
After debris settles and the dust get swept off
Big K pick up where young Hov left off
Right when magazines wrote Kanye West off
I dropped my new shit, it sound like the best of
A&R's lookin' like, "Pssh, we messed up"
Grammy night, damn right, we got dressed up
Bottle after bottle till we got messed up
In the studio, with Really Doe, yeah, he next up
People askin' me if I'm gon' give my chain back
That'll be the same day I give the game back
You know the next question dog: "Yo, where Dame at?"
This track the Indian dance to bring our reign back
"What's up with you and Jay, man, are y'all ok man?"
They pray for the death of our dynasty like "Amen"
R-r-r-r-right here stands a man
With the power to make a diamond with his bare hands

Diamonds are forever (forever, forever)
Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe
Diamonds are forever (forever, forever, forever)
The Roc is still alive every time I rhyme
Forever ever? Forever ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?
Ever, ever? Ever, ever? Ever, ever?





Diamonds are forever (forever, forever)
Diamonds are forever (forever, forever, forever)

Overall Meaning

The song "Diamonds" by Kanye West is an ode to the power and permanence of diamonds, which he compares to his own success and impact in the rap industry. In the chorus, he repeats that diamonds are forever and he has no fear that they might desert him. He invites listeners to throw their diamonds in the sky if they feel the vibe, and asserts that The Roc (a reference to his record label, Roc-A-Fella) is still alive every time he rhymes. West plays with the repetition of "forever" and "ever, ever" to emphasize the lasting nature of both diamonds and his own legacy.


In the verses, West describes the feeling of arriving and feeling like a success, comparing it to the experience of being in Las Vegas while on acid and seeing everything through Yves St. Laurent glasses. He acknowledges that he's attained a level of fame and success where people ask if he writes his own rhymes, and he boasts that he's forgotten better shit than most rappers have ever thought of. He raps about his own humility and work ethic, noting that he started out poor and worked his way up, and he encourages other strippers and underdogs to put themselves first. He also references his own public image, acknowledging that he's been robbed of awards but has kept all his jewelry, and that he's complained about what he's owed but still speaks from the heart.


Overall, "Diamonds" is a celebratory song that highlights West's own success and longevity. Through his comparisons to diamonds, he emphasizes the idea that he's not just talented, but also powerful and enduring. The repetition of certain phrases draws attention to his confidence and insistence on his own artistic vision.


Line by Line Meaning

Diamonds are forever
Kanye believes that diamonds are something that lasts a lifetime and are a symbol of power and wealth.


They won't leave in the night
Kanye feels confident that his diamonds won't disappear when he's not looking.


I've no fear that they might
Because of their strength and value, Kanye has no fear of losing his diamonds.


Throw your diamonds in the sky if you feel the vibe
Kanye encourages his audience to celebrate their own success by showing off their own diamonds.


The Roc is still alive every time I rhyme
Despite setbacks, the Roc Nation label and its artists will always continue to thrive, according to Kanye.


Close your eyes and imagine, feel the magic
Kanye wants his audience to get lost in his music and experience the magic he feels when he creates it.


Vegas on acid, seen through Yves St. Laurent glasses
Kanye creates a wild, vibrant mental picture of a carefree, indulgent lifestyle filled with luxury and excess.


And I've realized that I've arrived
Kanye feels successful and important for having come this far in his musical career and being recognized for it.


Cause it take more than a magazine to kill my Vibe
Kanye is so strong in his beliefs and his ability to create that no negative review or criticism can keep him from living his best life.


Does he write his own rhymes, well sort of, I think 'em
Kanye admits that he doesn't always physically write out his rhymes, but instead comes up with them in his head and then records them.


That mean I forgot better shit than you ever thought of
Kanye claims he's come up with so many great lyrics that he's forgotten more than most other rappers have ever even thought of.


Damn, is he really that caught up?
Kanye acknowledges that he may be a bit self-absorbed and obsessed with his own skills and success.


I ask if you talked about classics, do my name get brought up?
Kanye wonders if, when people talk about classic rap artists and songs, his name is included in those conversations.


Life movin' too fast I need to slow down
Despite his high-flying lifestyle and workaholic attitude, Kanye recognizes that he needs to take time to slow down and take care of himself.


In the studio, with Really Doe, yeah, he next up
Kanye works with other artists, such as Really Doe, who he believes are the future of the music industry.


This track the Indian dance to bring our reign back
Kanye is using his music to both pay homage to his roots and culture, and to assert himself as a musical king who is bringing the Roc Nation culture back to the top.


Diamonds are forever (forever, forever)
The repeated phrase emphasizes Kanye's belief that diamonds hold everlasting value and power.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Sentric Music, Reservoir Media Management, Inc., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Hipgnosis Songs Group, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Andre Benjamin, Antwan Patton, David Sheats, Devon Harris, Don Black, John Barry, Kanye West

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Comments from YouTube:

Ebenezer Amare

A live performance and instruments makes this song hit crazy!

Henry Allard

the mesh of genres right here is crazy. Kanye made me wanna make music. Also made me believe that I'm dope.

JAIMIC4LYFE

was looking for this on apple music

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its a extreme rarity on physical. this is lucky to find it here lol

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whhatwut

Yeah where it at 🤔

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why was this album on spotify for like a day

smelliott

bruh why didnt it stay :(

楠木Drei

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