Laughing at baseheads tryna sell some broken amps

from Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He laughs at crack addicts desperately trying to sell broken stereo amplifiers because they are desperate for money to buy crack (I mean, it is pretty funny…)

“Baseheads” is slang for crack addict; they’re selling junk they may have stolen in their desperation for drug money. Of course “bass” ties into “amp”, so the wordplay here is pretty intricate.

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