Blood of a slave, heart of a King

from Nas – Stillmatic (The Intro) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Take note of the juxtaposition appearing within this line. In addition to possessing the blood of his enslaved ancestors, Nas was born in an environment where he endured much pain and suffering. However, he still had the resolve to continue moving forward for the benefit of himself and those around him. Nas was born of a slave bloodline and as a slave to the system, but his perseverance has helped him rule over his obstacles as a king.

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