It's like a fight to the top just to see who'd die for the spot
You put ya life in this, nothing like surviving a shot

from 50 Cent (Ft. Eminem) – Patiently Waiting Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

…except, perhaps, not getting shot in the first place?

Em notes that in order to be a rap great, you have to dedicate your entire life to it without fearing to lose their life in the process. Even if that means taking a bullet or two, surviving those gunshots will make success seem even sweeter.

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