CNN said I'd be dead by 21
Blackjack, I just pulled an ace

from Kanye West (Ft. CyHi The Prynce, Jay Z, Pusha T, RZA & Swizz Beatz) – So Appalled Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In blackjack, an Ace can be worth 1 OR 11 (flexible!). Since you ideally want to reach blackjack (a score of 21) and common face cards are worth 10, pulling an ace often means you win

Since news network CNN treats young blacks living in the ghetto as statistics, they expected Pusha to be dead by the time he was 21 years of age. Yet he beat the odds (like you have to do to win in a casino game) and lived past 21 (blackjack!)

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