A man with a dream with plans to make cream
Which failed; I went to jail at the age of fifteen
A young buck selling drugs and such who never had much
Trying to get a clutch at what I could not touch
Like Raekwon in the verse before, Inspectah grew up poor and tried to make money selling drugs. Unlike Raekwon, he had bigger problems (i.e. jail) than accumulating Polo outerwear.
He was trying to get a clutch at what he could not touch (the word is left out to be implied by the rhyme).
However, “touch” is present, in echo form, in the music video:
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