Saw my close friends shot, flatline am I sane?

from Nas – Nas Is Like Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas’s best friend and former neighbor, Willy “Ill Will” Graham was shot dead in 1992

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After Ill Will was shot Nas wonders if he is going crazy. Seeing his best friend shot up right in front of him makes him wonder how he is going to move past this horrible event and keep on living. Nas' brother Jungle was also shot in this incident but survived.

Nas pays tribute to Ill Will all the time like with Ill Will Records and mentioning him on a ton of songs.

From Nastradamus:

And they don’t understand how you CEO from heaven

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