Each block is like a maze

from Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius


In five ways:

1) Each building in the projects can be visualized as a brick “block,” and inside each one is a maze of stairwells and rooms.

2) Viewed from above, the Queensbridge housing projects (where Nas grew up) actually looks like a maze.

3) In a maze, only the smartest ones can escape and win. Those who are stuck don’t succeed. The same can be said about the projects.

4) Each block (or brick) of cocaine sold entangles the lives of the various people distributing and consuming it in a maze.

5) Each block (or brick) of cocaine is of high quality, causing users to say things like “Yo, that block was like…amaze!”

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