I pull a string on the lamp and shit darkens

from Nas – The Black Bond Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is how a typical lamp shade works, you pull on the dangling beaded string to either turn it on or off. He’s painting a picture of the setting with his first couple of lines. He also leaves the listener to wonder what happens when the light is off, particularly if he’s got a girl in his room.

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