We pirates out here, nigga, just trying to stay afloat

from Rick Ross – Pirates Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The song is called “Pirates” because a pirate is a thief of the seas involved in dastardly activities. Like a pirate, Rozay talks about the Machiavellian activities in which a hustler is involved -such as breaking down kilos, importing marijuana, and “putting people to sleep” when necessary — all of which help the proverbial pirate “stay afloat”.

This is also a metaphor, saying that Rick Ross stays alive and floats above rather than underwater like pirates float on ships.

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