I said one, two, three
It's kind of dangerous to be an MC

from Black Star – Definition Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Just before this album came out Hip-hop was rocked to its core when its two biggest stars Tupac and Biggie were slain. The rate of rappers being murdered was high. As a result of their deaths, many conscious artists stepped up to the plate to showcase a different side of hip-hop, to free it of the violence.

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