Back in '83 I was an MC sparkin'
But I was too scared to grab the mics in the parks and
Kick my little raps cause I thought niggas wouldn't understand

from Nas – Halftime Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas was only 10 years old at the time; he was reticent to share his raps about Sesame Street, fearing that they would be considered “too intellectual” to attract a mass audience

But seriously, in his biography we learned that Nas would never rap outside in his projects because he felt more comfortable in his apartment with the people he knew well

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