Let's go back, back to the Gap
Look at my check, wasn't no scratch
So if I stole, wasn't my fault
Yeah I stole, never got caught

from Kanye West (Ft. Consequence & GLC) – Spaceship Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kanye has mentioned that he used to work at The Gap in high school.

He felt his paycheck was so small (“scratch” is slang for money), he was forced to steal moderately-priced clothing to make up the difference

This is what lawyers call an ‘affirmative defense’

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