Cause life ain't shit but stress, fake niggas, and crab stunts

from Nas – Represent Lyrics on Rap Genius


A “crab nigga” in East Coast slang is an unpleasant, untrustworthy guy, who’s always coming up with plots to accelerate your downfall. This means Nas — as well as the rest of the urban youth he is representing here — had a pretty negative outlook on life, which probably contributed to why he originally dropped out of school. It’s tough to strive for higher education when you feel like the world is against you and life is solely comprised of difficulties and unloyal friends.

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