As some die young
He is still existing
Somehow he got around the pitfalls of the system

from Nas (Ft. Damian Marley & Stephen Marley) – Leaders Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is breaking the expectation that most blacks die at a young age, which Pusha T mentioned in a similar line in So Appalled and Nas is saying that this man worked around the system treating him harsh.

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