My stripes show like regiments, military intelligence

from Fat Joe (Ft. Big Punisher, Jadakiss, Nas & Raekwon) – John Blaze Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Earning respect in your field of work or on the streets is said to getting your “Stripes”

The visual here is that Nas has earned his rap game “stripes” similar to how in the military one earns stripes on their arm for years of dedicated service and rank.

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