Before he left he taught me something

from Nas – Poppa Was a Playa Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even though his father was unfaithful, he still repsects his values and carries specific bits of advice he recieved throughout his adult life. His father eventually left and told him he stayed as childhood is the most important part of a kid’s life, and to do the same if he found himself to be in the same situation as an adult

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