I keep my friends close and the devils a lot closer

from R.A. The Rugged Man (Ft. Talib Kweli) – Learn Truth Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a re-written phrasing of the old saying

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer

But in this sense, the devils mentioned here are more likely to be his sins and secrets, which he wouldn’t want anyone to learn the truth about.

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