May God forgive us though we dwell inside a paradox
Thugged out and drug dealin, from the womb to the block

from 2Pac (Ft. Buckshot & Smif-n-Wessun) – Military Minds Lyrics on Rap Genius


A thug, seeking God’s blessing, seems paradoxical because thugs often do things that aren’t good. Although God is forgiving of all human beings, Pac still hopes that God forgives him because of the risky life he chooses to live.

More broadly, Pac’s social paradox links with former Black Panther and current professor at UC Santa Cruz Angela Y. Davis' description of the U.S. as a “Prison Industrial Complex

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