I was 18 when Lake seen the Island

from Nas – Last Real Nigga Alive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas was 18 years old when his friend Lakey da Kidd went to Rikers Island, a prison in NYC.

Poetry here as a lake is water surrounded by land, while an island is land surrounded by water.

“One Love” is a letter to his friend Lakey da Kidd

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