Carried a nine in my projects

from Jay Z (Ft. Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nas & Swizz Beatz) – BBC Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas hails from the largest and most notorious housing projects in the world: Queensbridge. In order to stay safe Nas carried around his 9 mm handgun. Nas has made references through out Illmatic about his nine. Speaking about when he left the nine at home or how he can defeat foes with his nine.

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