And I been hustling all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Anna Wise & Jay Rock) – Money Trees Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He has been striving to get money 24/7 in a struggling, poverty-stricken community.

The poetry of these simple lines help emphasize the rat race. The simple repetition and rhyme takes us into a rabbit warren of hustling. Kendrick also takes us into geographic recesses (“canals and alleyways”), which further ties us up in the hustlers' rat race.

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