I'm Jesse Jackson on the balcony when King got killed

from Kanye West (Ft. Nas & Really Doe) – We Major Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A witness to the assassination, Jackson claimed he had “held the dying leader, heard his last words, and had his shirt stained by King’s blood.” People at the scene were scraping up King’s blood into jars and doing other such wild stuff. The media swarmed the hotel soon afterward and Jesse Jackson became a nationally known civil rights figure overnight.

Nas is drawing a parallel between himself and Jesse Jackson. Just as Jackson witnessed King’s assassination firsthand, Nas witnessed the murdering of true hip-hop take place right in front of him.

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