You'll never get caught up, you caught up in a cycle
Coming out of the hood, whatever you do to make money will most likely end in failure, and the same will happen for your future ancestors not catching up to the fast paced American life and instead getting caught up in the cycle of trying to succeed, but ending in failure. Here’s one cycle one could become “caught up” in.
Also notice the play on caught up (as in trying to get up to the leader) and caught up (as in getting stuck.)
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