Ain't no thieves when the whole city broke

from Vic Mensa – Yap Yap Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

If nobody in the city has anything at all, what are thieves going to do? They have nothing to steal. This is a bit of a Catch 22, because the city doesn’t have a problem with crime, but only because it is so broke. Vic Mensa’s hometown of Chicago, IL, has had its share of financial issues in the past and this is definitely reminiscent of that.

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