Cause rappers be deprived, of executive 9 to 5's
The specter of Jay-Z hangs over this record, as Kanye was something like Jay’s protege, and Nas and Jay were still throwing the occasional shot at one another at this point in their careers. Here Nas expresses his desire to be an executive and a mogul, something that Jay-Z was in the process of achieving, such that two years later Nas would be signed to Jay-Z’s Def Jam imprint.
But most likely it has more to do with the general state of hip hop, executives deprive rappers of their creative control which leads to more commerical music and dumbed down lyrics. His next album even tackled questions like this (Hip-hop is Dead).
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