Trying to make it from the bottom of Syd's
Feeling as hard as Vince Carter's knee cartilage is

from Earl Sweatshirt – Chum Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Vince Carter’s knee cartilage is hard because it’s gone through a lot of surgery and wear and tear throughout the course of Vince’s long career due to numerous knee injuries. Vince tried to make it from the bottom by shaking it off and playing again, and Earl tried to rise from the dungeons of rap.

“Syd’s” refers to Syd Tha Kid, OF member and producer. OF used to record in her basement.

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