She yelling that selling’s a sin, well so is telling young men
That selling is a sin, if you don’t offer new ways to win
Dre criticizes those who would scold drug dealers, hustlers, etc., without offering an alternative way to make a living for people in their situation because the most important thing for the young man is to live and prosper, survive and thrive. Man, that sounds boring when we say it..
The child’s mother is scolding him, saying he is a sinning but she is not putting money in his pocket or paying for his education or helping him achieve any status in life so she is the original sin for bringing him into a world with nothing to offer so the only thing he is left with is selling so how can she judge him.
Basically, if you can’t offer a viable alternative to hustling — don’t judge the lifestyle. The judgement aspect makes it a sin.
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