I’m like a preacher that once was a fiend
A story of change that came with wings

from Common (Ft. Makeba Riddick) – Blue Sky Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Again, Common’s playing with the duality of his nature — like a drug addict who then channeled his passion into preaching, Common channels energy that used to go into dreaming into music (and making money from music).

This is also a tip off to Malcolm X, as he was once a hustler but later became a Muslim preacher who assisted the uprising of Islam in America, as well as advocating and fighting for blacks. He felt that Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam from 1934 to 1975, gave him wings.

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