My window faces shootouts, drug overdoses
Live amongst no roses, only the drama, for real
As he demonstrates so many times on Illmatic, Nas has an incredible talent for describing life in the streets with raw emotion. Where he is, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, only hardships and struggle.
The no roses line is similar to the Tupac quote about a flower growing in the sidewalk crack of the hood, as a symbol for someone great making it out of tough situations. But Nas is disillusioned to this, he just sees problems without any hope.
Note the homophone: no roses / neurosis
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