Cause now with paper, shit is still ghetto

from Nas – We Will Survive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

What he’s saying here is that despite them attaining the riches that you would assume would move them away from the ‘ghetto’ risks, such as being shot at, it really hasn’t and is evident in BIG being shot. You can take the kid out the hood but you can’t take the hood out the kid.

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