No! Nino's, e-go's, not affected by placebo
I was infected by Pacino's perfected role of Carlito

from Nino Bless – Faded Portrait Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“Carlito’s Way” was a movie about a dude who hustled his way to the top… Twice.

His name is Carlito and was portrayed by Al Pacino. He slept on a dude coming up, let the dude go when he had a chance to kill him because he had one foot out the game. Dude came back, and killed him.

This parallels Nino’s life in the rap game, past-present & what he has in store for the future.

Nino was at the top of his game and had a tremendous buzz with Slaughterhouse, Saigon, Kool G. Rap, and others at the time. After that, like how Carlito got locked up after the first time he was at the top, Nino was unheard of for a period of time because he was locked up in the sense of going through personal stuff like his best friends getting murdered, being the burden of his mother and father, and his ex-girlfriend that died with his seed in a car crash, which he addresses on “Open Wounds” “Born Dead” and “Then, Now, Later” respectively.

Just like after Carlito got out from his imprisonment and took shit over a second, Nino has snapped out of that dark period of his life and is ready to take over. He’s been corrupted by Carlito’s way and will be looking to rise to the top, but he won’t be making the same mistake as him. He’ll destroy the competition so that he stays at the top forever. He refuses to fall off, and will make sure there are no others underneath to replace him.

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