And bring it back up top, remove the fake king of New York

from Nas – Stillmatic (Freestyle) Lyrics on Rap Genius


The question of who is the “king” of New York had raged since 1995, when the Source put B.I.G. on its cover, wearing a crown, leading to Nas and Big trading shots on “The Message” and “Kick in the Door.” Jay-Z loudly asserted his status as the King of New York (the very title recalls the Abel Ferrara gangster flick), leading to the smoldering tensions that finally exploded on this song and then on Jay’s Takeover.

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