What can we do when we're arrested, but open fire
Life in the pen ain't for me, cause I'd rather die

from 2Pac – My Block (Remix) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Pac and a lot of other boys from the hood are free spirits who wouldn’t be able to stand it if they had to spend their lives in prison. They’re forced to shoot back rather than get arrested to avoid this.

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