It's been twenty-two long hard years of still struggling
Survival got me bugging, but I'm alive on arrival

from Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

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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