And be prosperous, though we live dangerous, cops could just
Arrest me, blaming us, we're held like hostages

from Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius


Living in the crime-ridden streets of NY, Nas is regarded as guilty by association, regardless of the life he chooses to lead

The sense of being trapped is matched by the internal rhyme scheme here: prosperous/cops could just/hostages and dangerous/blaming us

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