When I'm deceased, by then the beast arise like yeast
To conquer peace leaving savages to roam in the streets
A reference to the Book of Revelations — Chapter 1 — when the Beast (or the False Prophet) brings the apocalypse to Earth, the “savages” not saved by messiah will be left in the streets.
Two Double Entendre…
Here, “the Beast” also refers to the police. Once Nas is gone, the police will be able to run rampant in the community, stirring up violence and confusion.
Beast is the people, just like when MLK died people will revolt. It´s will be even worse they will throw away the government and it will be anarchy.
When he dies, the apocalypse will descend on us. This has two possible meanings:
Right now Nas is the only thing keeping peace in the world.
The beasts are the grown from the seeds that he planted. By the time Nas dies, this force will come forth and successfully stampede the globe.
Note the wordplay with “arise like yeast”.
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