It's hard to be legit and still pay the rent

from 2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

2pac makes it clear his scheme for making a dollar out of 15 cents was selling crack, or other illegal activities, and laments that poverty left him with little choice for maintaining a living wage except to turn to crime, this corresponds to his claims elsewhere that he has “never done a crime [he] didn’t have to do”

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