I rap divine, God, check the prognosis: is it real or showbiz?
The term ‘God’ references the then-ubiquitous-in-the-hood Five Percent religious beliefs/culture.
Nas is attempting to figure out if the other rappers around him deserve respect or if they are just trying to make some money.
The difference between the real and showbiz has always been the difference between real as far as reality on the streets as opposed to showbiz which is what you see on TV and in movies. Nas is portraying true life in the hood while TV and movies exploit and warp it. The album Illmatic is a trip down Nas’s memory lane.
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