First is when the best go, hate is what the rest do

from Earl Sweatshirt (Ft. Casey Veggies & Vince Staples) – Hive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Sports reference. The best go #1 in the draft/get the most money and the rest just hate.

Also has to do with Eazy (signed to Ruthless) and Pac (signed to death row) dying. Vince was saying the best die first, which itself is a reference to death row where criminals go to die. If you don’t live fast and die young Vince is saying you’re just a hater.

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