There's a new king of the streets, you're gonna get used to
I was the old king of the streets, that y'all once hated

from Nas – The Cross Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas was the old king during the Illmatic/It was Written years that was hated on. After falling off during the Nastradamus period he “reinvented” himself by bringing back his excellence (Stillmatic/God’s Son)

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