I felt the lighter they was, the better that they life is
So I resented them and they resented me

from Wale (Ft. Chrisette Michele) – Shades Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

As Wale grew up, he began to believe that light-skinned people had easier and more fulfilling lives. Because of this, Wale began to act spiteful towards those with a lighter skin tone

In Washington D.C., more than 90% of homicide victims from 1985 to 1999 were black; the statistics would seem to back Wale’s theory, at least in D.C.

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