I wasn't fit for it I needed a tailor
I still went for it
It wasn't out of anger
I needed to be accepted in my neighborhood

from Ab-Soul – Soul Cry Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s widely suggested that the main driving force for people turn to gang culture is for a way to release their frustration/anger.
This was not the motivational force for Ab-Soul to live such a lifestyle, it was all about acceptance.

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