Malcom and Martin

from Nas – Last Real Nigga Alive Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., who often didn’t see eye to eye on how to advance the cause of African-Americans, much like Nas and Jay-Z in hip hop

To further that analogy, both of these civil rights leader were assassinated…much like rappers Tupac and Biggie Smalls were back in the time period Nas is referring to. The hip hop world was divided by a falsely founded East Coast-West coast war similar to the false dichotomy that emerged within the black movements that isolated nonviolence proponents (MLK) from militants (Malcolm X) from self-defense activists to violent extremists and so on.

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