But a true boss done paid the cost

from Big Boi (Ft. Gucci Mane) – Shine Blockas Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Big Boi has struggled to get the ladies' attention; here, he paraphrases James Brown to get that point across

Originally a quote from James Brown’s song “Boss”, this ghetto maxim was also the title of Snoop Dogg’s 6th album

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