Gave another squeeze, heard it click, "yo, my shit is stuck"
Try to cock it, it wouldn't shoot, now I'm in danger

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


These lines continue with the very dark narrative of street life in New York: note that as soon as Nas realizes his gun is jammed and he can’t shoot, he’s “in danger”—a subtle way of noting that on the streets of Queensbridge in the 90s, it was either shoot or be shot.

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