I’ve seen the power of drugs, of greed and the violence of guns
And the people somehow get numb, as evil devours the young

from Tonedeff (Ft. Anetra) – Children Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Drugs, greed and violence describes street life. People who sell drugs for a living tend to stay strapped and only care about one thing; the almighty dollar. Tone is saying as people become more accustomed to these things, they become jaded from being around negative influences.

as evil devours the young,

Kids who grow up around these negative influences see people making a lot of money from selling drugs and decide that’s what they want to do since they don’t know any better. Drug dealers and street gangs represent the evil that Tone is describing that become influential to the young.

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