Yeah it’s all messed up when it’s nowhere to go
It’s fucked up when you have no way of progressing or excelling in society.
The blurb on the side talks about how Kanye and Jay try to find a parallel on their lives and the young men on the streets. Kanye could be talking about how success or glory can become a dead end. When everyone knows your name and a lot of people love your music, it’s hard to breakout and produce great records. Kanye knows that it is a real struggle to be original in his work which he succeeds in, as it is for young men on the streets. The only difference is the young men on the streets fail in their quest for glory through drugs, gang violence, etc., thus a dead end.
Note the Big Pun and Fat Joe-like back and forth rhyming here, from the last line in Jay’s verse to this one
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