At seventeen it seemed it was a cushion behind me
But now it's a brick wall, it's crazy as hell to me

from Kembe X – Welcome II Eighteen Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Seventeen year olds are, legally, a lot more protected than eighteen year olds. For example, they can’t be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, aren’t treated as adults in court, and don’t have full responsibility for much things, legally. However, as soon as you turn eighteen, laws get much harsher

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