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“The World Is Yours”

Producer: Pete Rock
Lyric: “While all the old folks pray to Jesus, soakin’ their sins in trays/Of holy water, odds against Nas are slaughter/Thinkin' a word best describing my life/To name my daughter my strength/My son the star will be my resurrection/Born in correction, all the wrong shit I did, he’ll lead a right direction”
Why It’s Dope: These lines endorse a vision of the world in which Nas plays the roles of both God and sinner, only capable of being saved by the goodness of his children. This line used to sound like wishful thinking on the part of Nas and his guilty conscience, but as you get older, the concept of becoming a better person through your children, or them being your resurrection, begins to resonate.


Nas’ 20 Best Lines On ‘Illmatic’

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Producer: DJ Premier
Lyric: “The brutalizer, crew de-sizer, accelerator/The type of nigga who be pissin' in your elevator/Somehow the rap game reminds me of the crack game/Used to sport Bally's and Gazelle's with black frames/Now I'm into fat chains, sex and tecs/Fly new chicks and new kicks, Heine's and Beck's”
Why It’s Dope: It's a perfect reference to the type of degenerate who pisses in elevators; everybody knows who that type of person is, and a simple line encapsulates the entire idea. Then there's the rap game/crack game comparison, which is one of the most commonly-used tropes in the genre.


Made You Look: The 20 Most Stylish Looks From Nas

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August Alsina: I might as well give you my all and here it is. It is in your face. It’s the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I’m telling you who I am. I am opening up the album out the gate and letting you know who I am and where I come from. You can really understand me, and it also lets me grab your attention. Let you know that this ain’t a joke. It’s called “Testify” because that’s what I am doing. For me and for every other person that’s just like me, 'cause there are so many people in the world that have similar stories to me, that comes from a struggle. So that’s what it really was about. I just felt that was the appropriate way to come on the album. This is August Alsina from day one to the man that you know me now.

Anytime you just being 100, it just comes naturally. I don’t know if you heard my EP, but you know how I had those interludes whenever I am talking and shit, it’s like a lot of times songs come from a conversation. You know, niggas going back and really listening to it and what I am saying. All I do is transfer that and speak from my heart.

I had a conversation with my dog, Sean. It’s crazy ‘cause so much of my music, like I said, comes from a conversation. Me and Sean, we’ve been writing together from day one. Sean Penn. It’s a conversation we had. It’s not even one conversation, it’s conversations over time. Just shit that I go through like everyday. He’s older and that’s my nigga. I holler at him in any and every thing. Advice, whatever the next. Just shit that I go through in a daily basis.


August Alsina’s 5 Key Tracks From His Album

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“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.


Nas Is Answering Fans’ Questions On Reddit And Twitter At The Same Time

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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