Never put me in your box if your shit eats tapes

from Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas' cassette tape is valuable! (back in caveman times, rickety boomboxes were known for “eating” (ruining) tapes)

For real though, if you have an Illmatic cassette you’re gonna wanna keep that one—it might be worth something. Sentimental value if nothing else!

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