Some'll fall, but I rise, thug or die

from Nas – Nas Is Like Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Some rappers aren’t around nowadays and have faded into obscurity, Nas is still here and still viable. The “thug or die part” is a derivative from the usual “ride or die” saying. Nas hints at his hip hop approach: ghetto style, no matter what.

In other words he means just the opposite than Jay when he once spat “I dumb down for my audience to double my dollars”

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