From a city that's recession-hit
With stress niggas could flex metal with, peddle to rake pennies in
The mental stress of making money in Los Angeles is equal to the physical stress required to bend solid metal. Residents trying their hardest to sell illegal goods door-to-door would still only produce a penny profit.
Earl refers to the fiscal crashes in modern day society, particularly those relating to Los Angeles; also, the difficulty of finding a job. He continues by insinuating that one could make more money, or ‘flex better’ by simply getting a bicycle and trafficking drugs on the street.
Flex metal could also mean carrying a gun for protection when dealing drugs. As a city struggling with the recession; Stressed individuals could brandish/carry a firearm and start peddling drugs to achieve income. Earl is saying that, the recession affected Los Angeles, to the point where, even gun toting drug dealers, are only making small amounts of money.
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