You couldn't catch me in the streets without a ton of reefer
That's like Malcolm X catching the Jungle Fever
“Jungle Fever” is being attracted to somebody from another race; it was a phrase in the ‘60’s used by Black Power people to criticize (mostly male) blacks who went with white (women)
The thought of Malcom X selling out and liking white women is preposterous (even though X did have white girlfriends before converting to The Nation of Islam), as is the thought of Nas being out and about without crazy amounts of weed
“Jungle Fever” and “Malcolm X” are also the titles of films released consecutively by Spike Lee in 1991 and 1992, and it’s also worth noting that this song was recorded for soundtrack to Zebrahead, a movie that caught quite a bit of flack for being too similar to Jungle Fever in terms of content.
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