They told the kid "Back down, that player shit is dead."

from Black Star – Children's Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Being a playa was popularized by a lot of rappers around this time including Puffy (Diddy), Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, and Mase, mostly Bad Boy rappers.

But a “playa” in a bad neighborhood is just an easy target.

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