I hope I live to be a man
Must be part of some big plan to keep a brotha in the state pen
He hopes that he can live to be a grown adult because most of the young black males who live in ghettos or rough areas of a city normally don’t get to see their mid-twenties (this is actually true), and he knows that, but he is still hoping that even though he lives fast and dangerous he lives long enough to see himself as a man.
The second part is very deep, because it talks about the ridiculous numbers of black males in pens and why is that? Because they live trapped, if they do something to survive (selling drugs, rob somebody, kill somebody who’s gonna kill him etc…) they end up in jail, if they don’t do something to survive then end up death… so what can they do? It must be a big plan to make them either in jail or death.
On his track “16 On Death Row” 2Pac is rapping a very similar line.
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