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Since this was done in 93, the next year was 94 — the year Illmati dropped. He definietly rewrote the script for how you make a hip hop album. For instance having multiple producers on a hip hop album and from the perspective he rapped from.

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The production features strings and crescendos, sounding like it just came out of The Godfather. Which was the concept of The Firm being a mafioso group, so it fits perfectly.

Tone of Trackmasters in an interview with Complex:

Well, one of the producers that we had under us [named Dave Atkinson], he’s one of those producers that likes to do records without samples but make them sound and feel like samples. The problem he was having was that it would always feel like there was a played instrument. So we had to do what we had to do to keep the feel of it being hip-hop still, because it felt like an orchestra. So we took it, started dirtying it up, and making it as grungy as possible. Once we got that element and we played it for Nas, that’s when he was like, ‘Yo this sounds like a Firm record. This is The Firm’s kick off joint.’ That set the tone and the sound for what The Firm was supposed to sound like.

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The production contains a smooth bass lines and frail drums. It samples “Friends” by Whodini.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxni-FM-UVA#t=68 Poke of Trackmasters in an interview with Complex:

The first track we played for Nas was ‘If I Ruled The World. He was definitely resistant. The thing about Nas is that he’s pure hip-hop. We were trying to cross him over, trying to give him a broader appeal in the marketplace. He got flack for that because everybody was saying that we were trying to water him down. So when we played him the record, he was like, ‘I don’t know`. The strategy became lets give him harder records first, so that we can ease him into the radio records.

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Nas is so amazing at rapping he needs more letter to use, he has already done/mastered the rest. Metaphorically he so good that the michrophone gets damaged from his uber flow and lyrics.

Note the consonance on “M”: Mics — Magical — Mystic.

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Word Play!

A common idiom is to be the man you have to beat the man. He continues the theme of a fight that his hands flow as good as the Atlantic. So other rappers are like Titanic that sank on the Atlantic — 6´9 knocks you out with his lyrics. Therefore this line proves that 6´9 is the man, confirmed by the idiom.

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All three verses are freestyled.

The song was a EPMD sample and I just freestyled it. I was riding high off multi-platinum sales off I Am…, and just didn’t want to do anything but freestyle that single and put it out.

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Don´t forget hip-hops origin!

At the release of the album he caught a lot of flack from the south. They thought it was against them, but as he explains here it ain´t about which part of you from. It´s about keeping it´s soul, rap for the love of hip hop and not just for the money. Don´t completly sell it out. Also be yourself — original instead of everybody do the same style.

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I can’t call it; the beats make me falling asleep
I keep falling, but never falling six feet deep

As Nas explains — He gets into a sleep/dream state because of how good beat is and writes in that state.

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As he says on “Halftime”:

But I was too scared to grab the mics in the parks and
Kick my little raps cause I thought nigga wouldn’t understand
And now in every jam I’m the fuckin' man

People didn´t really know Nas was a rapper before “Live At The Barbecue” because he never rapped infront of people outside of his cricle — until that record.

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"Nas" (Rap Genius – 2013 Genius List Nominees) | pending

To add a few more:

  • Executive producer of the Hip-hop documentary “Shake The Dust"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXaLLP6GJx4
  • In September 2013, he invested in a technology startup company, a job search appmaker called Proven.
  • Nas' new clothing line. Collaborative — It’s half HSTRY, half Grungy Gentleman.
  • Partnerships with Hennessy being the brand ambassador for Hennessy’s “Wild Rabbit” campaign and making this dope commercial
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb2x87zq0qI
"And Eminem murdered you on your own shit" (Nas – Ether) | rejected

@Anthony Umanzor if you sign up and start to explain line and contact the mods about being a writer. In the upper right corner you can see the link “Contact us”.

"Kanye West" (Rap Genius – 2013 Genius List Nominees) | pending

If Rihanna and R. Kelly is on the list, you could also mention his production for John Legend.

"#04: Nothing Rhymes With Orange" (Ali Graham – 99 Problems) | pending
"Only fear God / Know the weapons of the weak" (Lupe Fiasco – The Emperor's Soundtrack) | accepted

Earlier he said he goes to the meetings with street cloths so he isn´t afraid of them releasing him either since he only fears god.

To take it one step further the sample of 21 century schizod man is also a critique against the vietnam war which ties to the beutiful death, a true rap genius this Mr West.

"I was drinking earlier, now I’m driving" (Kanye West – Power) | rejected

Could also be refering to that when you meet people that you are not that close to you say I am fine, good, surviving or something in that manner eventhou inside you are really not. He is drnking and later contemplating suicide and finally doing it.

No matter how rich or famous you get, money an´t buy you happines. No mom, Amber with wiz khalifa feeling all alone, who wouldn´t be bumbed out?

"My furs is Mongolian, my ice brought the goalies in" (Kanye West – Power) | rejected

Ice hockey goalies for the ice in case you didn´t get it.

"Stop tripping, I’m tripping off the power" (Kanye West – Power) | rejected

That makes it a homophone on tripping and tripping,