I was driving in traffic when this song came on the radio. Immediately, I really liked it. I looked up, when I got home, what I could find about the back-story of the song. Apparently, the artist came up with the song after asking one of the men he worked with in construction–who was a drug dealer as well–why he did what he did, and the man replied “there ain’t no rest for the wicked.”
That response must have really made an impression that lasted long afterwards, since he decided to expand the phrase into the chorus & title of a song.
I like that the song doesn’t have the narrator (the artist himself, presumably, since it’s based of a real event) state an opinion directly. The reasoning or rationale for the less-than-savory actions in the song are given by the characters themselves, not from the person behind the “I.”