All of our fathers is bank robbers, holding techs
Eighths of heroin, shooting in the steps
In the 60's, niggas was poor, check the revelation

from Raekwon – Canal Street Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the 60’s, as heroin was in rampant use and people didn’t have money to support their habits, they would rob banks and shoot heroin in the project stairways.

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