And it's so hard to breathe, yeah
And even more so to sleep when no one cares
It was all I could need

from B.o.B – So Hard To Breathe Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

All he’s ever wanted is to make it in this rap game, crawl out of the miseries of his childhood (as he describes later in the song), earn some wealth, and make a name for himself.

Well he asked for it, and now he has it, but now does anyone care about who he really is or do they just want to exploit what he now has? Is he now drowning in their smothering desires for how best to use him?

Be careful what you wish for…

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