Ask my guy how he thought travellin the world sound
Found it hard to imagine he hadn't been past downtown

from Black Star (Ft. Common) – Respiration Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“God” is a 5 percenter term for man believing God is in all of us. So he asked his friend how he’d like to travel the world but it was hard for his friend to imagine as he’d never left his city.

And Chicago is starkly divided on a north/south axis — the north is white and prosperous, the south is mostly poor and working-class. Downtown is in the middle. So if you are from the poor neighborhoods it is entirely possible that you have never ventured past the downtown stops on the El.

Going past downtown means more than just physically. Many kids who grow up in the ghetto without much are often left without the motive and the drive to even dream outside of their own neighborhood. The ghetto is all they know, physically and mentally, leaving these families trapped in a hopeless cycle.

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