He said "Nas, niggas cold be busting off the roof
So I wear a bullet proof and pack a black trey-deuce"
Shorty’s one paranoid cat; he’s worried that shooters could be waiting on rooftops to take him out, so he dons a bulletproof vest and carries a .32 caliber pistol on him at all times
This is one of the most misquoted lyrics on Illmatic. The correct lyric is: He said “Nas, niggas caught me busting off the roof”. If you hear the clean version the lyric is changed to “Nas, somebody caught me bustin off the roof”. See, shorty is in some trouble because he himself was spotted shooting from the roof. This is why Nas admonishes him letting him know he could’ve hit an unintended target busting off into the crowd like that and let him know for future reference if he gotta take it there like that, catch the enemy on the solo tip.
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