Now do exactly what the man in the ski mask says, okay?
These are the times, survival my only crime

from J. Cole – Crunch Time Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He’s so obsessed with getting money that he’ll do what it takes, and the “man in the ski mask” symbolizes him committing robbery. He justifies it by saying he did it to survive. He’s not trying to get rich off of robbing someone else, but he needs to eat and this is the only way he knows to get money.

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