Before they kill me like Cornbread, you be like Diallo
Before I'm stuck like luima, I be up when you need it)

from Freeway (Ft. Beanie Sigel) – Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Before they kill me like Cornbread, do me like Diallo
Before I’m stuck like Louima, I’ll be up with Mumia.”

These the tightest lines in the song. Mac is talking about police brutality. Years ago, a movie titled Cornbread Earl and Me told the story of Nathaniel “Cornbread” Hamilton (played Jamal Wilkes) who was shot and killed by police for “running while Black.” New Yorkers know that police officers shot at Diallo 41 times (hitting him 19 times) because he fit the description of a rapist who was later caught. New Yorkers also know about Abner Louima who while handcuffed in police custody, was sodomized with a plunger. Mac is saying that before any of this is done to him, he’d be up with Mumia, Mumia Abu Jamal who was convicted (in a “suspect” trail) of killing a Philadelphia Police officer. By mentioning this incident, Mac also “shot out” to his neighborhood, as the shooting occurred on 13th and Locust Street, not far from where Sigel grew up in South Philadelphia. By mentioning this incident, Mac also “shot out” to his neighborhood, as the shooting occurred on 13th and Locust Street, not far from where Sigel grew up in South Philadelphia.

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