You can try copin', I've seen enough shit
To leave your frame of mind broken, I'm still alive and scopin'
In keeping with the theme of the song, Rakim explains that he’s a wizened veteran of the game: he’s seen things that would break most men and has still persevered. This is like the ghetto version of “Back in my day, I used to walk to school in the snow barefoot and then I fought in ‘Nam!”
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