I thought the hustle way for me was etched in stone
Until my partner died and name etched in stone
If something is etched in stone it is unchangeable. Nelly thought he was destined for life as a hustler, until his partner, Ortega ‘Tega’ Henderson died in hospital of gunshot wounds.
Nelly’s partner’s name was etched in stone because he is dead: his name is on his gravestone.
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