Catch a body, head for Houston

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


To “catch a body” is to murder someone (since now you’ve got a corpse to deal with)

“Houston” is slang for home base or a place to stay, which derives from NASA’s Mission Control location.

Now that doesn’t mean he’s running to his house, because that’s the last thing you want to do after killing someone. Here Houston refers to any safe haven where Nas is going to slip under the radar.

Jay-Z later bit this line in Open Letter

To help improve the meaning of these lyrics, visit “N.Y. State of Mind” by Nas Lyrics and leave a comment on the lyrics box