It did though, friends killed over small bills
I still go, hard spitting bars for them folk

from Curren$y (Ft. Pharrell Williams) – Chasin' Papers Lyrics on Rap Genius


He compared his grind to chasing a theif and in this line he continues the metaphor saying that in a way money did steal something, the lives of his friends who were killed over monetary differences that are a part of the game or killed for the money they had.

He does what he does to honor his friends, lost to the streets

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