It's been twenty-two long hard years of still struggling
Survival got me bugging, but I'm alive on arrival
Inspectah Deck was 22 years old when he wrote the verse and is happy to have made it this far.
“Alive on arrival” is a play on “dead on arrival”
“Alive on arrival” is also an allusion to the Ice Cube song of the same name, which describes a man who, after getting caught in the crossfire of a gang shooting, is allowed to die by hospital staff who assume that, because of his race, he was involved in said shooting.
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