It's a numbers game, but shit don't add up somehow

from Yasiin Bey – Mathematics Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Even though rap is all about maths, the calculations still don’t turn out right.

A “numbers game” is a privately-organized lottery; they were popular in black communities in the early part of the 20th c., before larger (and legal) state-owned lotteries pushed them out of business. To call something a “numbers game” is to call it a scam, which is precisely Mos' take on late 20th c. American society.

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