New York is like an Island, a big Rikers Island
The cops be out wilding, all I hear is sirens

from Nas (Ft. Mazy) – The Don Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas’s comparison of NYC to Rikers Isle gets at the turmoil present in both environments. There’s police brutality and there are never enough ambulances and EMT’s.

Nas himself has referenced to the place occasionally over his career, even with his classic song “One Love.”

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