Sooner or later we'll all see who the prophet is
Possibly a double entendre:
1). A boastful statement about Nas himself
2). Jesus' second coming
Could also be a shot at Premier associate Jeru the Damaja (aka “The Prophet”). Biggie dissed both Nas and Jeru on “Kick in the Door,” also produced by Premier…
Nas’s next album after I Am… was named Nastradamus, which is wordplay on nostradamus a very famous prophet. It´s possible that this line was the inspiration for the title of Nas fourth album Nastradamus — I say this because Nas’s I Am…The Autobiography album was suppose to be a double album, but due to tracks being bootlegged the album turned into a regular album. The left overs were going to be released months later as a follow up, but Nas decided to make all new material instead and release it as the name Nastradamus. Only a few of the I Am.. leftovers were on the Nastradamus album, other leftover tracks came out on The Lost Tapes album.
So it´s interesting to note that while listening to his own album: 1) Nas may have been inspired to do a whole new album based off this line of his. 2) When he wrote this line he was already planning ahead in the future to release an albums named Nastradamus. Thus making him a real prophet like the real Nostradamus but due to the I Am… bootleg issues he decided to use it right away for his 4th album instead of his 6th or 7th for example which would of made more sense regarding the “sooner or later” part of the line.
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