I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death
I lay puzzle as I backtrack to earlier times
“Did Nas already mention He’s an insomniac??”
“I lay puzzle as I backtrack to earlier times” means the when Nas thinks back on his life in Queens, he puts the pieces together like one would when laying out and putting together a jigsaw puzzle.
But there’s also a double meaning here, seeing as “lay puzzle” sounds close enough to “lay puzzled” — which would suggest that Nas is “puzzled” — confused at a difficult situation, when he thinks of his life in Queens, NY.
Perhaps he’s “puzzled” at how complicated and difficult his life has become.
- Another interpretation is that Nas is laying puzzled because he had already said the line “I never sleep because sleep is the cousin of death” He’s confused as to why he repeated that line.
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