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Those are the lyrics to “Black Skinhead” by Kanye West, as provided by Kanye West on Twitter. And that highlighted part, as pointed out by Mike Meech, is exactly how Kanye performed the song on “Saturday Night Live” a few weeks ago. Pretty normal basketball rap reference stuff.

But these are the lyrics to the retail version of “Black Skinhead.” as transcribed by Rap Genius:

For my theme song
My leather black jeans on
My by any means on
Pardon, I’m getting my scream on
Enter the kingdom
But watch who you bring home
They see a black man with a white woman
At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong
Middle America packed in
Came to see me in my black skin
Number one question they asking
F— every question you asking
If I don’t get ran out by Catholics
Here come some conservative Baptists
Claiming I’m overreacting
Like them black kids in Chiraq b—-

See the difference? You should. It’s circled in red, bolded in the new lyrics and the title of this post. But if not, there’s no mention of LeBron James on the retail version of “Yeezus.” Why, exactly?

Maybe Kanye and LeBron had a falling out about leather sweatpants. Maybe LeBron told Kanye to stop making fun of Kris Humphries because he’s a really hard worker on the court, which then offended Kanye and caused him to cut LeBron out of his lyrics, which might be the greatest possible¬†insult in the hip-hop generation. Maybe they are “beefing.” Maybe Kanye lost the lyrics sheet from SNL and then just winged it when Rick Rubin got him to re-record all his vocals in 15 minutes right before the record came out.

Or maybe he just thought the new lyrics sounded better.