They all got a sales pitch I ain't buying
They trying to convince me that I ain't trying

from The Roots – How I Got Over Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

People that have fallen on hard times need help, and telling them “hey, just get a job and get your life together” isn’t really helping

To apply this to The Roots, record label executives have probably been telling them, “You guys aren’t even trying to sell a lot of albums with this artsy stuff, why don’t you make a song for the clubs?”

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