He was only seventeen, in a madman's dream
The cops shot the kid, I still hear him scream

from Slick Rick – Children's Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A case of police brutality here. The kid surrendered and dropped his gun so he could be arrested, but the police still decided to shoot him down. Rick is still haunted by this image and what he saw that day.

The madman dream refers to his lifestyle of robbing and stealing.

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