That noose on us won't loosen up, but loose enough to juice us up
Make us think we do so much and do it big
Like they don't let us win, I can't pretend
But I do admit, it feel good when the hood pseudo-celebrate
Here, the extremely prejudicial noose that once hung around black people to lynch them has loosened up a bit to make them think they are free. It makes the hood think it’s succeeding when someone becomes a rapper or a baller but Dre knows it’s not real success, especially not in the eyes of everyone else.
In the next couple of lines it becomes clear that despite knowing that their success is superficial, it’s still as good as it gets in the hood so he’ll celebrate too. The prefix pseudo- is used to mark something as false, or pretending to be something it is not.
Notice how he uses the words “juice us up” and “do it big”…. He’s referring to Tupac and Biggie, as Tupac played a role in the movie “Juice”.
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