Some was nice without the percs, before Amil got touched

from Joe Budden – Lost Control (Freestyle) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

When rappers are coming up through the underground, they’re hungry and want fame real bad so they spit their best rhymes ever. Once they get the fame and money that they strive for, instead of continuing to attempt to be nasty, they begin to lack the passion they once had. This leads to making radio singles to make more money instead of focusing on their lyrics. This guy is a pefect example:

Also notice the percs/perks double entendre/wordplay:

-Perks as in these rappers were nice before they got onto a major label and huge mainstream records on the radio

-Percs as in percocets which is a prescription pain killer. When people start to earn a lot of money, they sometimes fall victim to drug problems and percs is a very popular choice for many of these people.

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