Betrayal is worse than death in most cases

from DJ Khaled (Ft. Akon, Anthony Hamilton, Jadakiss, John Legend, Meek Mill & Scarface) – Never Surrender Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Having a “friend” betray you in any sort of way (in the streets, in the music business, etc.) is the ultimate way to disrespect and hurt the ones who trust you. This relates to the earlier lyric that Jadakiss believes the unbearable pain is more relevant in betrayal than death, because betrayal is a chosen action and death in most cases isn’t.

This could also be relating to the abandonment a lot of people have felt about family members leaving, like Jay-Z’s father “abandoned” him and his family. He once said in an interview:“I don’t know what’s worse, not meeting your dad ever or having your dad there and then not being there. That sense of lose and abandonment..”

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