I sold bottles of sorrow then chose poems and novels
The gospel was told

from Wu-Tang Clan – A Better Tomorrow Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Black music is like a psychoanalysis.
It has helped them to stay alive!

He’s saying that he sold shit that harmed his people but at the end of the day he himself didn’t fall victim to those things, instead choosing to immerse himself in poems and novels. That’s why he says he walked a hard road to follow, most would fall victims to the temptations.

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