Papa was player, player wasn't papa
Papa loved the ladies
Never got enough of
Pretty brown round
Running round town (Shhhhh)
Don't tell your mother what's going down

from Nas – Poppa Was a Playa Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Instead of taking care of his family, Nas' father was always out chasing women, and cheating on Nas' mother. Of course Nas knew this was happening but he could never tell his mother as it would not only peeve off his father, but it would also break his mom’s heart.

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