Look shorty in the eye, told me it was no rules

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Ed Sheeran) – Old School Love Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

I wish that I could say it was a joyous understanding of freedoms, like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxiSe4iwwGE

But alas, it was probably a realization of the hardships that cause us to grow up too soon. Kind of like this kid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hxN7HXsSGk

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