I’m not in the winters of my life or the beginning stage, I am the dragon
He’s using winter as a metaphor for death (cold, the final season in the cycle), and ‘beginner stage’ means that he’s not a newcomer to the rap game either.
The dragon could represent fire (I’m on fire), the opposite of the aforementioned winter, and it could also be a reference to the biblical dragon representing Satan in the Bible’s Book of Revelation. Also, the dragon in Chinese folk lore was seen as a symbol of the emperor. It symbolizes power.
This isn’t Nas' first time referencing a biblical monster; check out Eye for An Eye where Nas references the Holy Beast.
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