Yo, weigh your options: it’s either you hide your optics
Or it’s back to the block with your profit-less pockets

from Pro Era (Ft. Capital STEEZ, Chuck Strangers, CJ Fly, Dirty Sanchez, Joey BADA$$ & Kirk Knight) – Pitchfork Selector Freestyle Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

What Joey’s saying here is that in order to “make it big” you either have to sell out your artistic dignity and integrity (which he hasn’t done) or you can risk heading straight back to your block with empty pockets.

Which leads us back to the question, would you rather never be yourself again yet have it all?

Or be yourself and have mental restoration but empty pockets?

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