We invested in that, it's like we got Merrill lynched
And we been hangin' from the same tree ever since

from Kanye West (Ft. Game) – Crack Music Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kanye plays on the investment bank Merrill Lynch’s name and the lynching many black people suffered (especially in the South).

People in the hood staked their economic hopes on selling crack, an investment that ultimately led to a collective social bankruptcy.

Kanye would later go on to once again refer to lynching, and how hanging from a tree just might result in a little blood on the leaves

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