We run streets like, drunks run street lights
Drunk Drivers drive through red ALL THE TIME likes its no big deal
According to Jay Z, Him and his buds own the streets ALL THE TIME like its no big deal as well
To fully understand this line you need to look at the metaphor. If they run the streets in the same way a drunk runs a street light then there subject to the same potential penalties and consequences. When a drunk runs a street light one of three things will happen, they’ll keep going on there merry way and be fine. Or they may crash and die. Or they may be caught by a cop and go to jail. All three of these things can happen from a life of hustling. So even though they run the street there control of it is fragile.
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