I had a basketball dream they deflated
I wasn’t good as Michael Jordan so they faded

from Meek Mill – On My Way Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

As he put it in “Y'all Don’t Hear Me Freestyle”:

If you ain’t hoopin', then you whippin' the white

In the streets of Philly that’s how Meek describes it. You either try and make it in the NBA, or you’re selling coke. It’s all about the money.

Meek had always wanted to be a basketball player, but unlike the great MJ, he wasn’t good enough. So in turn, he took the other way and sold drugs on the street. He was even locked up for it. Luckily, he became the successful rapper that he is today.

But wait, there’s more

This is also a reference to Jordan’s infamous signature fade away jumpshot.

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