Fresh out the frying pan into the fire

from Jay Z – Public Service Announcement Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is an idiom from a 15th-century fable meaning “to go from a bad situation to a worse situation.”

The “frying pan” is used to cook crack — the “fire” is the heat of the entertainment industry lifestyle. Jay thinks music is more pressure than selling crack! (Jay has stated that “the hustle” — for him — refers to music.. but, hey, you can’t knock the hustle..)

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