So I plotted my escape, I saw the thin line between love and hate

from GZA – Swordsman Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

GZA looked around at what was going on in the hood and realized what he had to do to get out. The ‘thin line’ could be referring to the fact that backstabbing is most notorious in certain hoods, as it is one of the ways someone can get themselves ahead of the competition.

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