From the womb to the tomb, presume the unpredictable
Guns salute life, rapidly, that's the ritual
Nas pleads to listeners to adopt an unpredictable lifestyle that breaks free from the crime-jail-freedom-crime cycle, instead of the gun-toting ritual.
Additionally, that Nas consider gun-toting a “ritual” gets at the socio-cultural aspects of gunplay, and how it’s become so engrained in certain areas of contemporary culture.
Also “ to salute ” means to wish health. It’s ironic since guns do exactly the opposite.
Jay-Z would borrow from these lines in “Never Change”
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