My papa played the street all day
Mama was either home, at work, while we played inside the hall way
She sacrifices all she got to feed us
When she was alone she cried by the phone peeping out the window heated

from Nas – Poppa Was a Playa Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

His father was out on the street playing music trying to make some money. While his mother worked her butt off trying to provide for her family while the kids would be playing inside the hallways to keep out of trouble. When his mother was alone she would sit by the phone hearing all the rumors Nas' father was the center of while looking out the window. “peeping out the window heated” as in, she would sit and look out the window and be angry.

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