Players get played like Hamlet

from Common (Ft. Canibus) – Making a Name for Ourselves Lyrics on Rap Genius


To “get played” is to be humiliated, hustled, upstaged, etc. Here “players” just refers to other men in Common’s “game”. Hamlet is, of course, a play that features a play-within-a-play, The Mousetrap, performed by a troupe of travelling players.

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