Learn how to eat in the jungle full of hyenas
And vultures,

from Joey BADA$$ – Unorthodox Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The jungle has the premise of ‘survival of the fittest’, with several hierarchical levels — Joey draws some parallels between the jungle and the world we live in, more specifically the music industry. The jungle as a metaphor for the hip-hop industry was publicized widely by Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne album.

He’s got to learn how to eat [survive, earn money, stay strong] in an environment just as challenging and unpredictable as the jungle. The world we live in too is full of metaphorical hyenas and vultures.

Both are scavenger animals which means they generally feed on prey that has already been killed or died of natural causes. Joey’s vultures are the haters — the ones waiting for him to fail and swoop in. While the hyena’s are the critics who will make jest of him and commentate in an attempt to undermine his talent. Also notice both animals are at the bottom of the food chain and stay in packs — Joey doesn’t have any respect for individuals who gang up and stab you in the back.

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