Without your shank you can't thank
Without your niggas you up the creek, stank with a ass fool of ore
Taking what I say for what it's worth, it don't matter

from Goodie Mob – Goodie Bag Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A “shank” of course is a make-shift weapon. So he’s saying many can’t function without a weapon.

“up the creek, stank” is rewording of an old southern saying: “Up shit creek without a paddle.” This pretty much means you’re in a bad situation with no way out.

He adds “with a ass fool of ore” to make it even more dismal… “ore” being the raw rock metals like iron and copper are pulled from. Symbolizes carrying a heavy load.

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