The hook of the song begs the question "why are we so blind to see/ that the ones we hurt are you and me." Gangsta's Paradise is the reflection on the life that was lived on the streets. The violence, misogyny and overall paranoia are what characterize the life of the "gangsta." Chasing power, respect and bitches will not lead you to a good end or a long life. This song was made before the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls, but the message is just as applicable to the rap scene in the aftermath. It was a wakeup call got a lot of radio play but not many real listeners. The consequences of gangsta life are two-fold: jail or death. A gangsta's paradise isn't enjoyable for a gangsta according to Coolio.