Sisters up in my hood try to do good given choices
When pregnant, drop out of school or have abortions
A lot of times women in impoverished households take on double-duty of raising their siblings, and trying to do well so they can set themselves up for a career.
Many many women in the hood/ghetto don’t grow up with a father. It takes a toll on them because when they date, they want someone to fill in the blank that the father left, as in they don’t feel loved enough. Because of that many guys take advantage of this and will convince the girl to give herself up using bullshit that makes them feel attached. Guys themselves don’t even know or really realize that sex can have dire consequences. They just know it’s supposed to feel good and if you don’t have it then you’re gay or somethings wrong with you.
Also Nas is saying that it is a common thing for women in the hood to have make serious decisions such as raising a child or finish school alone without the consent from father of the child in question because he is not around. Also, it can be looked as the two options that the young woman is faced with are both deadly; one option(dropping out of school) can kill her future and the other option (abortion) will kill her unborn child, making either option a poisonous one.
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