In time you'll see a thin line between friend and rival
Between you and me, stupidity amends bravado
Iron Age by Ka (Ft. Roc Marciano)

Time is the great enlightener, it would seem. But, who doesn’t already think bravado is stupid?

As said in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, bravado is

blustering swaggering conduct, a pretense of bravery, [or] the quality or state of being foolhardy.

Jay-Z has previously highlighted the drug game’s ability to wedge friends apart, thus turning them into rivals.

The closest of friends when we first started
But grew apart as the money grew and soon grew black-hearted

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October 20th, 2013

There is not much of a differnce between a friend and a foe, and that fake bravery that supposedly separates “you” from Ka is erased by stupidity.

Amends here can be interpreted at erased because “making up/ compensating for” a negative thing, bravado, is the equivalent of erasing it

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Long as it's dough to grab, I'mma hold a mag
Load the bag, 'til I'm a helmet and a folded flag
Iron Age by Ka (Ft. Roc Marciano)

Ka is a street soldier, and as such, he’ll have a military funeral.

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Retire or reenlist? (Reenlist) Decisions by Ka

Should Ka quit the drug game or order another shipment of coke?

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Keep it gutter, or get butter-dipped? (Get buttered) Decisions by Ka

Should he stay down-to-earth, or be a nigga that’s shinin' and glistenin'?

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Conform to what's on, or keep my ghetto sound? Decisions by Ka

As Ka says on his site’s bio,

I already know my songs are not for everyone. They’re not for the radio, the club or the masses. My music is for those who miss early ‘90s hip hop when pain and struggle were the dominant themes.

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Walk with a dirty 5th or be chromeless? Decisions by Ka

Ka can either carry an unregistered gun to defend himself or be defenseless.

By carrying a dirty gun, he risks being jailed for criminal possession, which in NYC carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

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Hold the chrome tight; the beast's on the creep
I own the night, the heat's my receipt
Cold Facts by Ka

The beast are Ka’s enemies.

Hustlers often do things under the cover of darkness, thus owning the night. KA’s gun is the proof of said ownership.

In addition to this, Ka knows how great this line is since he’s made it into a t-shirt, available on his website.

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Judge me too quick, mistake me as a heathen
Because I had tools, moved weight, and was thievin'
But I was broke, out the gate I was grievin'
Cold Facts by Ka

Ka did what he had to do to survive the unforgiving streets of NYC. Don’t judge him as you haven’t lived his life.

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Little niggas who didn't turn pros is cons Cold Facts by Ka

People that didnt turn pros, in this sense sports pros mostly, are now conVICTS. Typical black man’s situation in America, in some hoods is either you make it and become a pro-footballer or basketball player or you end up in jail.

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When niggas that talk trash get sweeped in the street
Washed down the gutter
Whatever remains gets tossed 'round your mother
Cold Facts by Ka

Ka engages in some extended metaphor about trash-talking. People who talk trash get thrown out like trash, and are given to their mother with disrespect.

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