Can’t gain

from Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

foreshadowing/stating that the optimism is unfounded

courtesy of SILENTWOLF
Read my interpretation on the previous line before this. “Cant gain” could be talking about how since he chose to roll with the “handshake-proof campaign” it is a lot harder to make something out of it for yourself. (money, publicity, etc).

This and the freedom of having a “handshake-proof campaign” could be the “brown grass both sides” part also. either way you go in the rap game theres gonna be problems ahead

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