Broken promises, steal your watch and tell you what time it is
Theft is a reminder of the reality of life in these projects, having nothing, and the broken promises inflicted on its residents.
Double meaning here: While literally stealing someone else’s watch will give you the power to tell them what the time is, the actual act of theft is also letting your victim know that this is what’s going down, and they can’t do anything about it. You can also mark the passage of time with these broken promises.
Also, the scenario described here is adding “insult to injury” — Jay Rock fully underlines the unrepentant harshness of the ghetto life.
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