Freedom or jail, clip's inserted, a baby's being born
Same time a man is murdered, the beginning and end

from Nas – Nas Is Like Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas is a philosopher. Life is made up of cycles, opposites, and bittersweet juxtapositions, like a gun being loaded, a baby being born, and a guy getting killed

This whole theme appears quite often in Nas' music.

This was later sampled on Let Nas Down by the Born Sinner J. Cole.

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