I'm new on the rap scene, brothers never heard of me
Yet I'm a menace, yo, police wanna murder me

from Nas – One Time 4 Your Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Here, Nas displays some of the nuanced street poetry that made this album famous. On the surface level, he’s saying that he’s just breaking into the rap game but he’s a force to be reckoned with. However, look deeper and you find a bleak look at the state of blacks in relation to law enforcement.

Nas contrasts the way he is viewed by his peers with the view held by police and/or white society. How can a young, unknown rapper be at the same time a ruthless villain? It appears that Nas is commenting on the brutality of police officers against those who have in actuality caused little harm.

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