I was born by a lake, chicken shack, and a church

from Raekwon (Ft. 2 Chainz, Common, CyHi The Prynce, D'Banj, Kid Cudi & Pusha T) – The Morning Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Common is a Chicago native, who says he was born/grew up near a body of water, fried chicken restaurant and a church.

Chicago famously lies on Lake Michigan where its popular Lake Shore Drive can be found. As we all know, lakes are bodies of water; and water flows.

This most likely refers to Harold’s Chicken Shack, a prominent chicken business in Chicago.

The specific Harold’s is most likely the one that used to be on 39 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL, as it’s near:

Off 87, the South side of Chicago

And if that’s the case, then the church is most likely St. Peters on West Madison.

Harold’s Chicken Shack is THE spot in Chi-town. Here’s a video of young Killa Cam, Cuz'n Bang and Ye hitting up a Harold’s.

There’s even Slaughterhouse references of Harold’s, who aren’t even Chi-town natives, showing it’s prominence.

Even President Obama hit up Harold’s when he visited the Chi.

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