They tryin' to get by
Tryin' to get paid
Tryin' to get the money

from Tiara Thomas – Nikki Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Or maybe the strippers are the ones taking advantage? After all, they’re the ones getting paid.

EMich isolates a number of motivations for strippers: http://commons.emich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=theses

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