Reagan era I ran contraband
Money caused turf wars through the promised land

from Pusha T – Alone in Vegas Lyrics on Rap Genius


Reagan had a public image of being hard on drugs while behind the scenes the intelligence agencies were helping drug traffickers to fund Iran-Contra. The next line is a reference to the black diaspora.

There’s also wordplay with “I ran contraband.” “I ran (Iran),” meaning he shipped the cocaine (contraband), relating to the Contra rebels, who were funded through the drug smuggling.

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