Ruined everything he loved, he just wanted the rush
Blamed it on the times being rough

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Sarah Green) – Real Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This line continues with the drug/sex double meaning.

The guy loved the rush he got from taking drugs, but he also used the drugs in an attempt to escape reality. Often, when people take drugs, they do it to escape the stresses associated with everyday life. However, prolonged drug use can have negative physical and mental consequences and ultimately, he lost his loved ones because of his drug use.

Additionally, this could also mean he loved the rush he got from cheating on his girl. “Times being rough” could mean he wasn’t getting any sex, so he turned to other girls. This hurt his girl and ruined the relationship they had going.

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