I used to wake up every morning, see my crew on the block
Every day's a different plan that had us running from cops
If it wasn't hanging out in front of cocaine spots
We was at the candy factory, breaking the locks
Based on the context clues of the last few lines, we can assume this scenario took place around 1984, which would make Nas 11 at the time. Nas does a great job of insinuating in these lines that childhood mischief like stealing from a candy shop will one day lead to more serious criminality. It’s tough for the game not to suck you in when your childhood hangout spots are the same spots that dope dealers set up shop. Nas talks about this in an interview with Spotify Landmark.
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