, the deaf ears are the winners
The listeners are the lames

from Lupe Fiasco – Glory Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The ‘deaf ears’ are those who choose not to listen when being warned about the path they are heading on. If looked at in the light of his work on The Cool, they are those who follow the path of Michael Young History.

The ‘listeners’ who heeded the warnings are the ones who are in reality better off.

Also, note the duality used by Lupe:
“The listeners are the lames”. He adds to the poetry of his bars with the double meaning of the word lame.

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