It's ill when MC's used to be on cruddy shit
Took home Ready to Die, listened, studied shit
Now they on some money shit
This is in reference to how Nas changed from the gritty “Nasty Nas” persona to the flashy and baller “Escobar” performance. Nas' Illmatic did not sell particularly well despite being a classic, then Big’s Ready to Die came out and Nas’s pop-inflected next album It Was Written went double platinum
So Biggie is claiming that all of Nas' posturing regarding his wealth can be credited to Biggie’s influence on Nas.
This charge, of course, is Biggie’s response to the complaint of Ghostface and Raekwon that Biggie ripped off his style (and his album cover) from Illmatic.
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