What We Learned: Nas’ ‘Ask Me Anything’ Session On Reddit
“One Love”Producer: Q-Tip
Lyric: “So stay civilized, time flies/Though incarcerated your mind dies, I hate it when your moms cries/It kinda makes me want to murder, for real a/I even got a mask and gloves to bust slugs but one love”
Why It’s Dope: Nas is encouraging his friend to stay positive and not let his incarceration break his spirit. This line is notable because it’s one of the few times on the album when murder is referenced with the motive being anything other than money or self-preservation—it's revenge, and it's an emotion that's hard to overcome.
Nas was a guest on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Session today in celebration of llmatic XX, a special 20th Anniversary Edition of the widely debated hip-hop classic that was released today via SONY Legacy, Nas answered fans questions about everything from Bishop Nehru, his favorite television show and everything about Illmatic.
Check out some selected Q&A’s from the AMA session below.