And potentially the pawn can almost be any piece

from Sunspot Jonz (Ft. Rakaa Iriscience & Zumbi) – 64 Squares in the Cypher Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In chess, the pawn is the most numerous and least powerful piece on the board. Usually they can only advance one square at a time, and only in one direction. Pawn pieces are often the first to be captured.

While weak, pawns should not be underrated or ignored. If a pawn reaches the opposite side of the board, it is “promoted” to any piece of the player’s choice. An underdog can become the hero.

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