It's a countless amount of emcees I saved
And them same niggas wanna squander those gifts I gave

from GZA (Ft. Killah Priest) – Beneath the Surface Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

GZA (and many others of his era) paved the way for younger artistes who often neither appreciate the opportunity to learn from his experience in the industry nor better their craft by studying his impressive body of work.

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