It's like a military soldier since seven years old

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

Meaning

Life has been as hectic as a soldier’s since age seven, which has rendered a enduring spirit. He is also protesting against the military use of children which is a practice common in Africa.

In a historical context, we can reference Spartan upbringing and how the children were separated from their mothers at the age of 7 to join the military.

This is also a continual theme is Nas' work. He creates a bond between all people of African decent by linking together the experience of exploited and manipulated child soldiers in Africa with the hussle and struggle of urban black children from the inner city.

Fun Fact: Nas was seven years old when he took the picture of his album Illmatic (1994).

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