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.
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