I come from the Wheel of Ezekiel

from Nas – Nasty Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

In the Bible, the prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of the Merkabah, God’s Chariot. The Merkabah was comprised of angels named ‘chayot’ who pulled another group of angels named ophanim. The ophanim were wheel-shaped angels.

Nas comes from God’s Chariot — and by extension, Heaven. This continues to messianic imagery in his oeuvre. Nas views himself as the savior or Messiah of hip-hop. He was sent from Heaven to metaphorically save the genre with his dope rhymes.

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