And couldn't understand the pain of being stuck in a cell

from Immortal Technique – Leaving The Past Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In commercialized Hip-Hop, prison/jail is glorified as a place that you have to go if you are a true “street thug gangsta”, and other people believe that Prison is like a hotel and we treat criminals too well.
Nobody knows how prison life really is unless you’ve been there. Wasting your life in a 8x10 (roughly) room with a stiff bed that is uncomfortable to sleep on, and is located by the toilet. Prison cells barely have any room to walk in, and the food served in prison can barely be considered food. Immortal Technique was locked up before becoming a rapper so he’s saying that nobody can really understand how that’s like.

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