I felt like Bad Boy's street team
I couldn't work the locks
Kanye felt like a street monkey serving Bad Boy Records and the rest of the established music industry — giving up his beats just as a petty criminal tries to pick locks for the big boys. He couldn’t break into the game (the doors were locked) and he felt like he was given the lowest job at the label (promotional street team, usually unpaid “interns”);
He also felt he got the worst projects to work on (The Lox), possibly because his image was so contradictory to that of Bad Boy and The Lox at that time (as referenced in the start of the verse). It was seemingly awkward for him and just made it harder to break in.
This could more simply be a reference to the fact that Bad Boy and Diddy were unable to work the rap group The LOX into a commercially successful group on their label. The group did not sell many albums, which can be attributed to a lackluster effort from the record label’s street team.
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