Had secondhands, Mom's bounced on old man
So then we moved to Shaolin land
Rae had secondhand clothing. His father was a heroin addict as said here. His mom ended up leaving.
His father’s addiction certainly didn’t help their financial life; it might’ve been the impetus for both the second-hand clothing and the Shaolin (Staten Island) move.
Wu-Tang refers to their home borough, Staten Island, as “Shaolin land” in reference to the Gordon Liu movie “Shaolin and Wu Tang”, which Wu-Tang is named after (when you grow up in a borough that smells like garbage, you develop a keen sense of imagination)
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