Haunted by souls who thought that time stood still
People from the hood that know nothing other than the hood. A place where many of them are born in and many of them die in without accomplishing anything substantial in their lives.
Additionally could be referring to a “crab bucket” mentality, carried by many from the hood who are perhaps jealous of NaS’s success, bitter and angry that NaS’s scope of vision was greater then their’s, which in turn granted NaS a key to escape the prison of the projects, while they remain in the exact same position in life.
Now as NaS enters through the hood to reminisce, he can feel the presence of these people, either dead or alive, these souls who never made it out, never will make it out, or perhaps never want or wanted to make it out.
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