The world has said so much to me, and I just wanna give right back to 'em
But... I only get 16, that's like a cage, you know

from Rick Ross (Ft. Andre 3000) – Sixteen Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Andre is saying life has given him so much experience that it’s too much fit inside 16 bars. Experience is the best teacher. It speaks you listen. And then hopefully you pass that knowledge on to the next generation. In Andre’s case he’s doing it through these bars.

This is a conundrum faced by almost every musician, song-writer, and rapper.

Art can only express so much.

Living life is the real art.

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