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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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Searching all day for the diamonds in the dirt, but at the end of the day the royal family gets the ice. This shows the wealth inequities, were a small percent of the population has all the money.

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Conceptually the production fits perfectly since it samples “Diamond Mine Bombed” by James Newton Howard, a movie score made for the film Blood Diamond — which tackles the same subject Nas rapps about in this song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUlft_0XW_E#t=189

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It is kind of a paradox how the countries with gold and diamonds to harvest are so poor, while some countries without it are rich. The answer begins and ends with the colonialism, stripping africa of much of its resources and slaves. Which put africa in hole it still hasn´t really been able to climb out off.

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Childs soldiers is a consequence of the diamonds trade. Therefore directly/indirectly you are supporting military use of children by buying conflict diamonds.

Diamonds are worth so much they do anything to get it and earn money. They use kids beause they are easier to brainwash. They are brought into war by warfare killer (a.k.a rebels) after their villages/towns are raided and shot up, their families killed. Being used for patrol purposes, attacking villages, and guarding workers in the diamond fields.

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This can be seen as a contradiction which applies to the next statement. Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die, but you have to die to go to heaven. Just as everybody wants diamonds, but nobody wants people getting killed because of it. But just as the first statement, there is not one without the other. At the same time as they don´t want bloodshed, they still aren´t willing to do anything about it because it would interupt their way of living.

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A bad habit is that generally people don´t really think about where the things they buy come from and how it came here. It is also hard imagine or put yorself the shoes of these diamond workers, what a misery they live in for you to buy to his. Or they just don´t care.

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Apartheid was an official policy (now ended) of racial segregation and white supremacy enforced by the South African government. It was used to limit the governing power and place of residence of non-white people. The official abolishing of apartheid occurred in 1991 and is therefore now history. Nas is likining this to how we can boycott conflict diamonds, but instead peope want to show off and brag.

Ties to the hook, which ends with:

They wanna shine on ‘em
Shine on 'em
Shine on 'em

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The original population was native-american, african-americans wasn´t born here. It was through triangular trade/slave trade. Just as then and now diamonds doesn´t come from north america, they are imported from africa.

It´s like a cycle!

This is Nas making a statement likining how cruel the slave trade and the process to the diamonds trade. In fact you can make a parrallel with the first part of the verse with the slave trade. Slaves were also taken (dug) from africa (motherland) to being both legally and illegaly smuggled to america, while slaves wanted back to their home.

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Even though they are conflict diamonds, and everybody knows it. People still buy them because they want to show off, their money, how tough or cool they are.

Or as Kanye said:

It’s in a black person soul to rock that gold
Spend your whole life trying to get that ice
On a Polo rugby, it looks so nice
How can something so wrong make me feel so right?

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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,