Yet still being my mama's son was my biggest honor
This shit was just kinda just a hobby in my project lobby
Nas counts his blessings, remembering that even without all the fame and fortune, his very existence is fortunate, for he had a mother and father to guide him.
Now, being a mainstream rapper can be tough, and Cole discussed those difficulties in the original song, but with this line Nas is perhaps asking J Cole to zoom out and factor in the humble beginnings of both Nas and Cole himself.
Once you look at the progress and massive achievement involved in going from rapping as a hobby in the projects, to making music for the masses, little things like one bad song become insignificant.
It’s just a hobby that I picked up in the lobby.
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