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nas illmatic 20 years memory lane

“Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)”

Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “I reminisce on park jams, my man was shot for his sheep coat/Childhood lesson make me see him drop in my weed smoke/It’s real, grew up in trife life, the times of white lines/The hype pipes, murderous nighttimes and knife fights invite crimes”
Why It’s Dope: We can see here how hard lessons learned at too young of an age shaped Nas’ worldview. Every time he gets high, he remembers the night he lost one of his friends to the violence that overtook major American cities in the 1980s.


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The amount of news about Nas within 24 hours about the 20th anniversary of Nas’ classic album Illmatic and Illmatic XX, a special 20th Anniversary Edition of the widely debated hip-hop classic via SONY Legacy that was released today is insane...

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Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “Nas is a rebel of the street corner/Pulling a Tec out the dresser/Police got me under pressure”
Why It’s Dope: Nas is explaining the overwhelming sense of fear and paranoia when you’re in the drug game and how that fear can drive you to arming yourself with semi-automatic weapons. He’s proud of his status as a rebel but is also condemning the gangsta lifestyle as not being worth it.


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