If it's a white man's world, am I still a slave
To the minimum wage?

from Big KRIT – Down & Out Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Here, KRIT takes the phrase “it’s a white man’s world” to it’s next logical step and wonders what he’s a slave to, since African-Americans were enslaved in America, a white-dominated nation. The answer? Working (or “slaving”, as it’s sometimes called) at a low-paying job.

As Jay Electronica said on “Something To Hold Onto,”

Hard time three to nine in a jailhouse
Is no different from slaving nine to five in a warehouse

Also, see wage slavery.

Additionally, this might be a reference to “White Man’s World,” by Tupac (Makaveli).

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