Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everybody's runnin, but half of them ain't lookin
It's goin on in the kitchen, but I don't know what's cookin
They say I got ta learn, but nobody's here to teach me
If they cain't understand it, how can they reach me?
I guess they cain't -- I guess they won't
I guess they front; that's why I know my life is outta luck, fool

Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise lyrics meaning

Meaning

Coolio is overwhelmed by the blind forces that drive his society, 'Power and the money, money and the power', and clearly feels he's been let down by the people in his community who he should be looking up to: 'They say I gotta learn, but nobody's here to teach me'.

He ends on a final damning statement - the gangsta lifestyle is ultimately shallow ('I guess they front') and he has little hope of redemption ('that's why I know my life is out of luck, fool').

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