Lot of niggas go to prison
How many come out Malcolm X?
I know I'm not
Shit, can't even talk about the rest

from The Roots – Tip The Scale Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The former drug dealer, thief, and pimp Malcolm Little converted to the Nation of Islam in jail and decided to turn his life around in order to help his people. This is not the only Malcolm X reference on the record. X here stands as a touchstone for hustlers — one of their kind who escaped from their lifestyle and turned into an icon for a whole people

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