A hero like the sandwich

from Common (Ft. Ynot) – Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A Hero (also known as a submarine, a hoagie, and a grinder) is a sandwich consisting of a long roll of Italian or French bread, split lengthwise either into two pieces or opened in a “V” on one side, and filled with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables, seasonings and sauces.

The reference has particular currency in the black community because of the 1973 young adult novel (and 1978 film) A Hero Ain’t Nothin' But a Sandwich, a harrowing depiction of a young black teenager’s descent into heroin addiction.

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