Earned my stripes like a goddamn beast

from Machine Gun Kelly (Ft. Dubo) – Cleveland Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This simile compares the idiom “Earn your stripes” to the literal stripes of a tiger or other wild animal.

MGK worked his way up and earned everything he has. Kells is self-made from grinding for the shit he wants and the movement he created.

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