React like I'm facing
Time like Pappy Mason, with pens I'm embracing

from Nas – The World Is Yours Lyrics on Rap Genius


Howard “Pappy” Mason was a famous drug lord who was facing sentencing for murder when this album was released in 1994. Just as Pappy will be sitting in jail, counting the minutes, Nas feels trapped knowing he only has a limited time to convert his gift into meaningful music for the people.

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