Got good grades but A's can’t stop strays so pray for me
Academic intelligence is no promise that one will not stray — and deviate from the right path. Cole is asking to be prayed for so he will not be led astray.
Also, a reference to stray bullets.
No matter what Cole achieves in life (good grades, popular songs), he could be killed at any time, completely unintentionally. He’s asking for protection from this also.
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