It's real, grew up in trife life, the times of white lines
The trife life Nas remembers was full of white lines. A clever double entendre, as white lines could refer to the prevalence of cocaine in the city (remember, coke in the 80’s was huge) andthe lines they put around bodies at a crime scene.
It could also be a reference to “White Lines (Don’t Do It)”, a hit song by hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Melle Mel.
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