Watching crab niggas marinate

from Nas – Take It In Blood Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

People that try to hold you back from being successful. Term also used in Nas' “One Love” and “On The Real”

Let’s say Nas put 20 crabs in a bucket. Eventually, one crab will attempt to escape by climbing to the top, even if it means climbing over other Crabs. The nature of the crab is to hold the crab back with the pincers. It’s simply in the Crabs nature.

Nice connection between crabs (food) and getting marinated (cooked) too (even though you wouldn’t really marinate crabs).

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