I been out rhyming since born knowledge
Like prophet Muhammad said the ink from a scholar
Worth more than the blood of a martyr
Reference to a hadith (or non-scriptural report about something the Prophet Muhammad allegedly said, but which is NOT in the Quran) that has the prophet saying that at the time of judgment, a scholar’s ink weighs 1000 times more heavily than the blood of a martyr — that the pursuit of/spreading of knowledge is more virtuous before Allah than the shedding of blood in His name. This is apparently considered a “weak hadith” by scholars of Islam.
It’s likely that most rap fans know this hadith from Lupe’s invocation of the line on American Terrorist.
“Since Born Knowledge” is a Supreme Mathematics reference to “Since ‘91” Born=9 Knowledge=1. Nas first heard himself on the radio in 1991, marking the beginning of his career and the start of new “knowledge.”
Continuing the theme from the last lime, while others were literally “out robbing”, Nas was “out-rhyming” other MCs.
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