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 meaning, as white lines could refer to the prevalence of cocaine in the city (remember, coke in the 80’s was HUGE), or the 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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