It's like the game ain't the same
Got younger niggas pulling the triggers bringing fame to their name

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

Meaning

When you sleep on the street
Little motherfuckers with heat wanna leave a nigga six feet deep

This line is reminiscent of the general sentiment in “Things Done Changed” from Biggie’s classic album Ready To Die, an unofficial sort of sister album that came out the same year as Illmatic. 1994 was a good year for hip hop.

Nas is upset that this new generation of young men engage in violence out of vanity, not as a last resort. Examples are in City of God and The Wire where kids killed some of the most respected guys that nobody could touch.

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