Been in the wars, in the streets, cops kickin’ in doors
For many, this would be a description of the crime infested area of Queensbridge
More importantly, this line continues the ‘how real Nas is’ theme of the entire verse. He’s saying he’s actually been through many of the ghetto hardships that other rappers only claim they have.
“Been in the wars” might refer to Nas' rap battles. After all, we know he killed Jay-Z in this game and remains one of the illest lyricists alive.
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