My life counted out before I memorized the number chart

from Elzhi (Ft. A.B.) – Growing Up Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is an extension of the previous lyrics, another piece of imagery to give you the general consensus and view of Elzhi’s surroundings.

Being a black youth, growing up in Detroit, which is a city that holds some of the highest violent crime rates per 1,000 residents..:

.. there is a generalization that people like him will follow the same path that others around him have. In retrospect, society has labeled him, and his fate was already sealed as far as the world was concerned; he would ultimately be another statistic, another number on a piece of paper.

Also note the play on words of ‘counted’ and ‘number chart’.

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