Who made up words? Who made up numbers?
And what kind of spell is mankind under?

from Nas (Ft. Damian Marley) – Patience (Sabali) Lyrics on Rap Genius


Nas is questioning the basis and validity of institutions the general public takes for granted without dissent, such as math and language.

The “spell” that mankind is under is most likely Nas' commentary on the mob mentality of the general public.

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