Got rich selling hope to the hopeless

from Pusha T (Ft. Rick Ross) – Hold On Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Selling Hope VS Selling Dope

Drugs are an escape for many people stuck in the hood due to the pleasant high they create. Pusha made his riches helping people “forget” the realities they see in poverty, unemployment, gang banging and such.

Additionally, the same drugs he’s pushing are going to get him out of the hood and towards a better life, and so even in his dealing, people around him see a way out of the hood, and this actually attracts more people to get into drug-dealing in the hopes of moving on up.

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