All the twenty-five to lifers all my brothers getting tossed
Into the system, supposed to rehabilitate
It's why you gotta regulate your own mindstate

from Gang Starr – JFK 2 LAX Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Guru’s got a lot of homies in the cellar, and harps on the notion of “rehabilitation”, claiming that it ends up just punishing them mentally instead, by breaking their spirit.

Many feel that jail doesn’t rehabilitate and most prisoners come out of jail and reoffend.

In addition, to prevent the above, you have to rise above the system in a rational and clever way in order to defeat it as he says later “Unorganized revolt almost always mostly fails” and telling us to “give up the savage ways”

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