Cause we was put here to be much more than that
But we couldn't see because our mind was trapped

from Rakim – Follow The Leader Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Rakim is referencing the previous line about slavery. He’s saying that “we couldn’t see because our mind was trapped.” I think he was describing the days of slavery in the South before the Civil War which made it illegal to teach and educate African American men so they were deprived of schooling and education so basically enslaving their minds and not giving them the chance to learn and expand on their talents or showcasing their skills.

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