See we crabs in a barrel and the barrel was glass
So we broke, crack was the answer to cash
Oddisee plays on an old adage, used to describe the cycle in which the poor try to get out of poverty at the expense of other impoverished people; crack peddling is viewed as one means of poverty (the barrel). Rather than ascend to the barrel’s top, just bust a hole in the side. This shortcut emphasizes the easy money that crack brought to some people.
Cracking the glass barrel got the crabs out of poverty and into the “vast ocean of material prosperity” that surrounded them. Oddisee might also be alluding to the “island of poverty” metaphor (where’s the cash?).
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