I used to wake up every morning, see my crew on the block
Every day's a different plan that had us running from cops
If it wasn't hanging out in front of cocaine spots
We was at the candy factory, breaking the locks
Nas waxes nostalgic about his childhood, but also implies that even as a kid he was out committing crimes and even though they might have been “boys being boys” type stuff like breaking into candy stores they paved the way for his later, more serious criminality. Drawing from the previous lines Nas was around 11 years old when he was doing this stuff.
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