Do you recall the days when brothers used to chill
Flex on the mic and display ghetto appeal
Yo those were the days when it was really real
Yo those were the days when it was really real

from Mr. Lif – A Glimpse at the Struggle Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Mr. Lif’s subconscious tugs at him with thoughts of superior old-school hip-hop and the loss of soulful music. This foreshadows the full-fledged battle for the heart of rap in the next track, “Return of the B-Boy.”

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