Trick my wisdom with the system that imprisoned my son
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”
Interestingly enough, Nas is selflessly speaking in behalf of his unborn son instead of himself. This alludes the listener that he has a pessimistic view of life and sees himself trapped with anything he produces; therefore he doesn’t have hope in getting out… It’s an extremely cynical line to say that least.
Sun being five percenter slang used to name a black man. The black men oppresed/discriminated by the goverment AKA the system is rigged for them to failed, less work opportunities, racism, the enviroment in the ghetto etc.. They are being held prisoners!
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