Dude, tone it down. If you forget how real I am, you can see me. We're less than an hour...
That said, he wasn't raised a hoodlum. Motherfucker went to private school and lead a mostly privilege life. He dove head first into that gang world (he wasn't born into it, and not raised around it) and he paid the price for it.
Yes, he was a poet, and that has not been disputed. I think I acknowledged his talent.
And it wasn't a matter if he "was street enough". The point was he made a choice that was not required by his circumstances. He "adopted" the streets. And the streets took his life. He played gangbanger, and got banged.