Tellin me to pay my respects and move to the side
But I probably wouldn't have got off my knees to let people by

from Nas – We Will Survive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Rappers and people from Brooklyn were telling Nas that he should’ve gone, but in response to this, Nas believes that IF he went, he would’ve been on his knees praying for such an extensive amount of time, he would’ve become an obstacle for passerbys. Basically showing how emotionally taxing it would’ve been for Nas to attend.

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