Meek opens the song rapping breathlessly about a cycle of drug dealing, violence and prison. But by the time the third verse rolls around, Pusha T is looking back on those days from a comfortable distance: “Every year after, now every day’s laughter / No jail visits, no collect calls, we done put an end to that chapter / On holiday, small island riding jet skis with the family / I’m a hood nigga, I can’t swim, but that little fact it ain’t stopping me.”
Continuing in this spirit, Drama ends the song with an uplifting voiceover as Ty Dolla $ign croons gospel in the background: “Circumstance don’t define you, your choices do / You know what your biggest blessing is? Tomorrow.”
DJ Drama is releasing a new album, Quality Street Music 2, on July 22. (In an interview with New York radio station Hot 97, Drama said that “Boyz in the Hood” will not appear on the full-length “due to some legal stuff.”) The project’s first single, “Wishing,” recently reached No. 23 on the R&B/Hip-Hop National Airplay chart. Starting next week, Drama will accompany Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg on the MERRY JANE Presents The High Road Summer Tour.