A child's young years the most important time to be there
That's why he stayed 'til we grew up, respect is still here

from Nas – Poppa Was a Playa Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nasir’s father Olu Dara Jones stayed with the family although he cheated on Fannie Ann Jones (Nas’s mom). He wanted to be there till Nas and his siblings grew up, and Nas is saying he respects/appreciates him for it.

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