Like the youth in the street, who gamble and gets scarred
Even the troops in the field, bet it all on one card

from GZA (Ft. True Master) – Columbian Ties Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

obvious gambling theme used here between the youth gambling and the saying “bet it all on one card”. also this gambling theme is used in the next lines with words and phrases such as “incredible odd” and “terrible loss”. this allows gza to move onto the wider theme of money in general with phrases such as “breathing air can cost” and “personal wealth”. gza does this to emphasise the president’s/government’s love for money and how they care for nothing else in the war.

the simile “like the youth in the street” may seem like a normal simile but gza is also using it to imply a more sinister meaning of how the life for the youth in the street is similiar to a cruel warzone. the phrase can be taken intwo ways either “like the youth in the street, who… bet it all on one card” and “land littered with corpses/ Like the youth in the street”

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