When they day breaks and you earned them stripes
And you learned that strike
From upstate will adjourn that life and confirm that life
It's good bait for the warden that might get awarded and write

from Rick Ross (Ft. Gunplay, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Stalley & Wale) – Power Circle Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

These lines could perhaps be read as a critique of the burgeoning prison-industrial complex. Staying out of jail as a person of color from the hood is also something he’s rapped about before.

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