I’m just tryna get the last spot, you know that I can’t stop
Channeling my progression, make them haters mad watch
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Malik sees the window of opportunity slowly closing and he knows he can’t stop until he gets there.

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Life can be a circus, yeah you know it’s not fair
I’ve been well aware playing musical chairs
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Malik knows life is crazy and very unfair, but he’s aware, and he’s been “playing musical chairs” which is a metaphor for switching up his moves several times.

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I taught myself growing up you should never listen
To anybody tryna kill your dreams, they didn’t get theirs
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People who try to ruin your dreams are most likely people who didn’t succeed with theirs. Malik won’t let those kinds of people affect him.

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People take this all for granted, Imagine, not having
A place to stay a pot to piss in
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Successful people, especially in this industry, take what they have for granted. He’s trying to paint a picture for the listener to imagine not having typical things(a place to live, a pot to piss in).

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All they see is competition, all I did was work to get it
When you at the bottom you figure out ways to make a living
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He believes the rest of the industry views him as competition but he’s thinking, “all I did was work for it”. When you’re at the bottom and you’re struggling, you did whatever you can to figure it out and progress.

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Young and ambitious, never had a hand out
It’s hard to get assistance when people know that you stand out
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Malik is young and he’s hungry. He’s never been given a true helping hand with this industry and he believes that since people see potential in him, they don’t want to help.

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Cuz I’m grinding {grinding} {grinding} {grinding}
Yeah I’m grinding {grinding} {grinding} {grinding}
Oh yeah, I’m grinding {grinding} {grinding} {grinding}
With my city on my back {back}, with my city on my back {back}
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Malik is in full-grind mode. Trust me.

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How my city overlooked hidden in states
No matter where I go I’ll make sure that they know th
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His city, Baltimore, gets overlooked by the rest of the industry but no matter where he ends up, he’s gonna make sure people know who he is.

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To pay by day to get where you aim
No money I’m just talking the pain it’s insane
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Everyday, he has to pay for the struggles of making it, but not through money — through pain.

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That’s priceless but, this an expensive ride
To success you thought it wasn’t a price
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Referring to the previous line, it’s priceless to have the passion that he has, but this road to success is very expensive.

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