We up all night I wonder if can hang
We used to hang from a tree, now we hang behind the rope, we V.I.P

from Talib Kweli (Ft. Norah Jones) – Soon the New Day Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Used to hang from a tree” is a reference to black people were hanged just for being colored, but now they hang behind the rope and not from, and ropes are used in clubs to separate the V.I.P section from the rest of the club.

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