Everybody's ride or die, til’ they life's on the line
Then they like, “Why would I ride? I rather not die for nothing”

from Nino Bless – Open Wounds Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

When someone is ride or die it means they are down for anything essentially. They would die for you, they would die to reach there goals, they will go down with you, and they will reach the top with you. Basically one would do anything for you if they said they would ride or die for you.

Now, many people might have this mindset initially for someone… but when death is at the front door, your nerves are at the highest point they can possibly be, the only time it is ever higher is; for some people when they are getting married.

So with that being said, when death is at the front door, not many people would really risk there lives for anything…

Now, when he says not die for nothing, it could mean two things;

  1. They wouldn’t die for anything.
  2. They wouldn’t die for nothing, as in something very preventable, or some little beef… or even something smaller like some guy owes your boy $10, and you ready to murk them…

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