Blaming society, mad, it wasn't made fair
I would be Ivy League if America played fair
Poor excuse,

from Rick Ross (Ft. Nas) – Triple Beam Dreams Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas starts to get mad at America, saying that he didn’t get the proper opportunity to succeed…. But catches himself, knowing that it was his decision to do everything he did.

Additionally, Nas might be utilizing some wordplay with “Ivy League” and “played fair,” therefore invoking the rich (pun intended) athletic traditions of the Ivy League

In one sense, Nas is now Ivy League as he had a fellowship named after him at Harvard and his work has been discussed by numerous college professors.

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