It’s the concrete jungle, the only undefeated thing out here. I’ve been with it for half of my life. It took care of me, loved me, destroyed me, but most of all, it made me. This means I learned, I lost, I fell, but I got up every time.

Yes, the streets are the champ. It has taken lives, destroyed lives and controlled lives. It’s like a black hole, and let me tell you, it’s not easy getting out. The streets also have a couple of wives: sex, drugs, food, death. These wives have overcome every person I know that has been around Daddy’s streets.

I must say, he is not all that bad. Each wife will either raise you, change you or kill you. But I’ve been through it all, and it’s what made me who I am today. The streets also have a sister, she can bring you a different kind of problem — her name is the system, or jail.

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