You know I ran the streets like a dog without a leash on

from J. Cole – Ladies Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is simple to explain. The term “running the streets” is used to refer to you being a boss in a certain neighborhood with power and respect. So he’s saying he runs the streets like a dog without a leash on. And damn it, sometimes it’s pretty hard to catch your dog when he gets off the leash! J. Cole is a boss!

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