In the categories of stories I breed my sequel
You know the money, blues, blunts, broken 22's
Nas is known as one of if not the best and most creative storyteller: See Undying Love, Rewind, Last Real Nigga Alive and universally acclaimed as one of the best rap songs of all time: NY State of Mind.
Writer Adam Bradley states in the book Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop, “Nas is perhaps contemporary rap’s greatest innovator in storytelling. His catalog includes songs narrated before birth (Fetus) and after death (Amongst Kings), biographies (‘UBR: Unauthorized Biography of Rakim) and autobiographies (Doo Rags), allegorical tales (Money Is My Bitch) and epistolary ones (One Love), he’s rapped in the voice of a woman (Sekou Story) and even of a gun (I Gave You Power).”
But this record is for his sequel, the 10th year anniversary of Illmatic. You see the similar vocabulary and themes to Illmatic: Being in the hood striving for money to get out of “hell”, smoking blunts because life´s a bitch and broken gun.
Note that he starts a series of masterful consonance on the letter B: Breed — Blue — Blunts — Broken and in the next lines M and S: Money — Monkey, Shorty — Sipping — Sunny.
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