What we called corrupt, he calls paying dues
Now when the rules is blurred
As they is and were
What am I to do
Ah, the classic shades of gray in the drug game! when law enforcement is making a killing off of the game, why can’t I play it?
Another nod to the movie American Gangster, and crooked cops in general. A lot of these corrupt officers extorted the drug dealers they pursued. A double standard and Jay is questioning the moral dilemma of the entire system.
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