Makes a sweet honest kid
Turn illegal for commerce - to get his feet out of them Converse

from Nas (Ft. Jay Z) – Black Republican Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

There is a force that is exerting an influence that makes a good, young person engage in illegal activities for money

“To get his feet out of them Converse” means that he would be bettering himself by buying nicer shoes. Converses are relatively cheap. One might “step their game up” with a nifty pair of AF1’s or Jordans

A “sweet, honest kid” and a criminal are actually “converses” of one another. It’s kind of subtle, but it makes sense with Nas’s precise diction

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