Trick my wisdom with the system that imprisoned my son

from Raekwon (Ft. Ghostface Killah & Nas) – Verbal Intercourse Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a followup to the previous line, “police paying me to give in my gun”. Nas accuses the law enforcement system of trying to cloud his wise judgment by offering money in exchange for firearms. Nas' issue with this is that it is cooperating with a system that has “imprisoned my son”, which here refers to the impoverished blacks of Queens and the general New York area, and even its future generations. Imprisoned by guns, liquor and fast food stores all around the ghetto, they are like slaves, self destructive by those means.

A fairly common way to see it is the concept of being born in the ghetto. Many like Nas himself see their birth as being inadvertently placed instead a jail or hell. The “system” refers to the government and how it ends up that a high percentage of those in poverty are African American born individuals. The point is, when you’re born into poverty its very hard to get out.


Nas may be using the word wisdom meaning his girlfriend. He uses the same slang on “Watch Dem Nigga”

Double Entendre…

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