Same shock to the system, but a different outlet

from Soul Khan – Soulstice Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Both of these aforementioned experiences were devastating, but their subsequent marks left on Soul Khan were expressed in two different ways.

If we assume that his father left when he was young, we then can proffer that Soul Khan most likely lashed out either violently or disobediently in school and to his mother, since he may not have been able to express his feelings.

However, later in life when he lost a dear love, we can assume that he had music (writing and making it) to help him deal with this trauma. In this instance, he uses it as a positive catalyst unlike the other.

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