We come from porches and alleyways

from Common – Celebrate Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Common talks about those in the struggle and the ghetto and urban parts of the world whether they be in Chicago or Africa. Porches, alleyways, and corners are significant “landmarks” in the urban environment. It’s where youngsters as well as old folk make money (either the legal way like selling water or fried chicken, or the illegal way like selling drugs), hang out and just contemplate life.

Common also had a song called The Corner which touches this particular subject

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