I lost a lot of friends and they ain't even dead
When I was on my way up, why you ain't see the stairs?

from Wale (Ft. Sam Dew) – LoveHate Thing Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A lot of Wale’s friends are in jail, stopped fucking with him, or he just simply lost contact with them, something that he discussed in “The Friends and Strangers.”

“Why you ain’t see the stairs” basically meaning Wale wishes his friends had followed him and stuck with him as he made his way to the top

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