To be far from hood, but to understand the streets

from Drake – Paris Morton Music Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Drake has been criticized for coming off like he was raised in a rough neighborhood when in reality Drake grew up in a nice Toronto suburb. 

His song “Started From The Bottom” really upset some listeners, claiming that Drake doesn’t have any idea of what it really is to be at the bottom…

Either way, Drake claims here that he isn’t a “hood” rapper but can teach you how to get big in the streets.

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