CORRECTION: Factchecker, check thyself. The song is “Murder to Excellence”, not “Welcome to the Jungle.”
Kanye is wayyyyyy off. As of today, 4,474 U.S. troops have lost their lives in Iraq. I suppose ‘Ye could claim that he said “soldiers,” not troops, making the veracity of his assertion dependent upon the numbers of U.S. Army soldiers KIA in Iraq. And I am unaware of a database that breaks down U.S. military casualties in Iraq by branch of service. But the vast majority of troops who’ve died in the ground-centric eight-year war have been soldiers, making Kanye still vastly off the mark.
Kanye could additionally claim that he put no time limitation on his claim, and at *some* point 314 soldiers indeed died in Iraq. (At several points, in horrible truth; but that does not help Kanye’s statement. I digress.) But that would be churlish. And the world knows that Kanye West is never churlish.
I do not know how many violent deaths afflict Chicago.
This is the first of many installments of The Rap Factchecker.