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Nas’ 50 Most Valuable Life Lessons

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    Nas' 50 Most Valuable Life Lessons
  • 1
    “Life is parallel to Hell but I must maintain...” —“N.Y. State of Mind,” Illmatic (1994)
  • 2
    “I switched my motto; instead of saying ‘fuck tomorrow’/That buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto...” —“Life’s a Bitch,” Illmatic (1994)
  • 3
    “Never talking to snakes cause the words of man kill...” —“Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park),” Illmatic (1994)
  • 4
    “Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne...” —“The World Is Yours,” Illmatic (1994)
  • 5
    “I had to school him, told him don't let niggas fool him/Cause when the pistol blows the one that's murdered be the cool one...” —“One Love,” Illmatic (1994)
  • De Ja Vu
    "Trick my wisdom, with the system that imprisoned my son..." —"De Ja Vu" or "Verbal Intercourse" (1995)
  • 6
    “A case of beers in the staircase I wasted years/Some niggas went for theirs, flipping coke as they career...” —“Street Dreams,” It Was Written (1996)
  • 7
    “I got no game, it's just some bitches understand my story...” —“Watch Dem Niggas,” It Was Written (1996)
  • It Was Written_The Message
    "But a thug changes, and love changes, and best friends become strangers, word up..." —“The Message,” It Was Written (1996)
  • 8
    “Why shoot the breeze about it, when you could be about it?” —“Take It In Blood,” It Was Written (1996)
  • 9
    “Your value: too much to be measured/I wonder how you could ever be played/Your pussy worth gold/Amountin’ to more than the world, but not knowin nothin’ about you...” —“Black Girl Lost,” It Was Written (1996)
  • It Was Written_If I Rule The World
    “It's elementary, they want us all gone eventually” —“If I Ruled The World (Imagine That),” It Was Written (1996)
  • It Was Written_If I Ruled The World_Part 2
    “Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich/Still nobody want a nigga having shit” —“If I Ruled The World (Imagine That),” It Was Written (1996)
  • I Am_NY State of Mind Part 2
    "A lot of niggas scheming, some real, some niggas fronting, but I'm a big dreamer, so watch me come up with something..." —“NY State Of Mind, Pt. II,” I Am... (1999)
  • 10
    “You wanna hate me? Then hate me, what can I do? But keep getting money, funny I was just like you...” —“Hate Me Now,” I Am... (1999)
  • 11
    “If we united, a nation of thugs, who could fight it?” —“We Will Survive,” I Am... (1999)
  • 12
    “Do not speak to fools, they scorn the wisdom of your words...” —“Ghetto Prisoners,” I Am... (1999)
  • 13
    “Freedom or jail, clip's inserted, a baby's being born/Same time a man is murdered, the beginning and end” —“Nas Is Like,” I Am... (1999)
  • Find Ya Wealth
    "Look way deep inside yourself, discover the diamond inside, find your wealth, once you get it, you got to live it the limit, niggas never wanna see you with it, fuck them though!" —"Find Ya Wealth" (1999)
  • Stillmatic_One Mic
    “Diamonds are blinding, I never make the same mistakes...” —“One Mic,” Stillmatic (2001)
  • Stillmatic_2nd Childhood
    “Junior high school dropout, teachers never cared/They was paid just to show up and leave, no one succeeds...” —“2nd Childhood,” Stillmatic (2001)
  • Stillmatic_What Goes Around_1
    “Religion misoverstood is poison...” —“What Goes Around,” Stillmatic (2001)
  • Stillmatic_What Goes Around_2
    “Life is short is what some nigga said/Not if you measure life by how one lives and what he did...” —“What Goes Around,” Stillmatic (2001)
  • Stillmatic_What Goes Around_3
    "I pray for you, deadbeat daddies, 'cause when them kids get grown it's too late for you, now you old and you getting shitted on..." —"What Goes Around," Stillmatic (2001)
  • Lost Tapes_Doo Rags
    “Do your body right it loves you back, you only get one life, and yo, because of that..." —“Doo Rags,” The Lost Tapes (2002)
  • Lost Tapes_Nothing Lasts Forever
    “Everything will eventually come to an end, so try to savor the moment, ‘cause time flies, don’t it?” —“Nothing Lasts Forever,” The Lost Tapes (2002)
  • Lost Tapes_Purple
    “Where they used to stand at, somebody’s taking they place, a younger man perhaps, hand slaps, can’t understand that, same walk, same talk, I wonder can that, be possible, a thug dies, another step inside his shoes…” —“Purple,” The Lost Tapes (2002)
  • Lost Tapes_Black Zombies
    “So what’s a black man’s true religion, who should we follow? Use your own intuition, you are tomorrow…” —“Black Zombies,” The Lost Tapes (2002)
  • God's Son_Get Down
    “Some niggas fuck their enemies in they ass when they catch 'em/Weird-ass niggas are dangerous, so don't test 'em...” —“Get Down,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_I Can_1
    “Boys and girls, listen up/You can be anything in the world, in God we trust/An architect, doctor, maybe an actress/But nothing comes easy, it takes much practice...” —“I Can,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_I Can_2
    “Watch the company you keep and the crowd you bring...” —“I Can,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_I Can_3
    “Be careful, some men be/Rapists, so act your age, don't pretend to be/Older than you are, give yourself time to grow...” —“I Can,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_I Can_4
    “Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes/Read more learn more, change the globe...” —“I Can,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_Book of Rhymes_1
    "Death threats given by clowns, I guess living is prison when you live around clowns." —“Book of Rhymes,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_Book of Rhymes_2
    "The money's your religion, sky the limit live life, numbers is big business makes the poor live trife...” —“Book of Rhymes,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_Book of Rhymes_3
    "Keep your ears to the street, y'all never lose, man, make your enemies believe there's love there...” —“Book of Rhymes,” God’s Son (2002)
  • God's Son_Heaven
    "That's when it all just hit me, you see the broads and Bentleys is nothing, lest my niggas spend it all with me, I'd give it all away quickly...” —“Heaven,” God’s Son (2002)
  • Street's Disciple_Live Now
    “Live now niggas, there’s no promise of a second time around, put it down, we’ll just live now, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t, everything is up to you…” —“Live Now,” Street's Disciple (2004)
  • Street's Disciple_Rest of My Life
    “Death, real shit’ll start coming to light, niggas you ain’t like dicking your wife…” —“Rest of My Life,” Street's Disciple (2004)
  • Street's Disciple_Street's Disciple
    "Become a creature of habitat, the average cat, won't see where it's at, or where it's going, the hood waits for no one..." —“Street's Disciple,” Street's Disciple (2004)
  • Hip-Hop Is Dead_Money Over Bullshit
    "Rats get their tails snapped and trapped..." —“Money Over Bullshit,” Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
  • Hip-Hop Is Dead_Still Dreaming_1
    "Crossed the line from her world of news casting, to a world of entrapment, a good girl gone backwards..." —"Still Dreaming," Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
  • Hip-Hop Is Dead_Still Dreaming_2
    "Dwelling on the past when you was alright, when you was getting cash, but wasn't too bright, now your luck down you feel like busting them shells, nobody owe you, can't do nothing for self..." —"Still Dreaming," Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
  • Untitled_NIGGERS
    "They say the close ones will hurt you, so let's keep a small circle, on the road to riches, and diamond rings in the land of the blind, the man with one eye is the king..." —“N.I.G.G.E.R.,” Untitled (2008)
  • Distant Relatives_Strong Will Continue
    "It's a journey, some'll get left behind, cause in life, you cannot press rewind/Get it right, you only have one first chance, to make one first impression that lasts a lifetime..." —"Strong Will Continue," Distant Relatives (2010)
  • Life Is Good_Loco Motive
    "My life been good since I started finding peace..." —"Loco-Motive," Life Is Good (2012)
  • Life Is Good_Daughters
    "They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world, God gets us back, he makes us have precious little girls..." —"Daughters," Life Is Good (2012)
  • Life Is Good_Stay
    "Some seek fame 'cause they need validation, some say hating is confused admiration..." —"Stay," Life Is Good (2012)
  • Life Is Good_World's An Addiction
    "It's better to dead a beef than let it breathe, then we don't succeed..." —"World's An Addiction," Life Is Good (2012)
  • Life Is Good_Trust
    "If you scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers..." —"Trust," Life Is Good (2012)

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