You don't believe in heaven cause we're living in hell
In this line Heaven could represent the American dream; the climbing of the social ladder in order to live a wealthy life. Opposite to Heaven, Hell is a low-income and impoverished environment where criminal activity is essential for survival. Rae notes that the people who live in ‘Hell’ do not believe in and cannot reach or accomplish the American dream.
For those in Hell, Heaven and the ladder to Heaven are nonexistent.
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