Plus the Island is packed
From what I hear in all the stories when my peoples come back

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

Meaning

Riker’s Island (“the Island”) is a major prison in NYC and Nas' people are telling him that it’s overcrowded in there (hmm, sounds like “cruel and unusual punishment” to me…)

This line is also a callback to the previous line, as the prison, like the projects, is another place where “black rats” are trapped

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