Where mercenaries is paid to trade hot stock tips
For profits, thirsty criminals take pockets

from Black Star (Ft. Common) – Respiration Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Most Wall Street dealing takes place through middlemen, the “mercenaries”—a military term—of the first line.

Def juxtaposes these “legit” businessmen who deal in large quantities with petty criminals who just pick “pockets.”

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