Why, oh why must you swoop through the hood
Like everybody from the hood is up to no good
You think all the girls around here are trickin

from Ice Cube – Ghetto Bird Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ice Cube opens the song by asking why police feel compelled to patrol the ‘hood in helicopters (or “Ghetto Birds”) under the assumption that all of its residents are criminals and must be kept in check.

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