I ain’t a pimp I’m sweeping hair up at the beauty parlor
The third and final unexpected job Ali held is revealed. The many references to what we thought was a teenage pimp turns out to be a hair sweeper at a beauty salon.
What Ali is trying to get across in these verses is that there is a stereotype regarding rappers and their involvement with the world of drug dealing or pimping women to generate income. Although they were not high paying or decorated, he had some legal employment opportunities before he became an emcee, working his ass off to provide for himself and his family.
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