But a bird in the hand is worth more than the bush
“But a bird in the hand is worth more than a BOOK.” Ice Cube has thoroughly explained selling drugs is the option that is more valuable for someone who finds themselves in the circumstances he described. The education the person received, e.g., earning higher grades— A.E.E., was simply not enough to be hired at At&T where the graduates from better known universities are accepted. The only option left for this individual is that of working for McDonald’s. The individual Ice Cube describes has greater aspirations —“I always knew I’d clock G’s” The other option being that of selling drugs. Drugs are often referred to birds. Dj Quik once rapped: “I got them birdies that don’t chirp”. Taken together, this song explains the mentality of youth in urban communities whose educational system, economy, and all around government is failing to secure their American Dream.
Overall sentiment is correct, however lyric is “a bird in the hand, is worth more than a Bush”.. meaning like you said, black youth in the hood feel that selling drugs is their best choice for economic gain, rather than waiting for help from President Bush
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