Was born ruthless, hated school, they ain't teach me I'm a bad seed
Planted in this ghetto, where my niggas can't read
Multiply, subtract; only knowin' how to count cracks and count stacks
Now what y'all know about that
Even though Nas was smart, he quickly became used to and part of the gang lifestyle. He hated school and was made out to be a smart student since he was in the ghetto. A clever metaphor comparing himself to a seed that was planted in to this enviroment, like the common idiom — no one is born evil, it´s the enviroment that forms you.
Education was very poor in school, but young boys growing up in the ghetto were well accustomed to and learned in the art of hustlin'.
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