Grossing our net
Nas uses a couple of business terms to reiterate a common rap boast.
- The first is ‘Gross,’ which refers to ‘Gross Profit.’ Gross profit is the amount of money a business takes in, subtracted by the costs and losses that the business incurs. Nas uses this to refer to the profit he makes on all the music he has sold; and is still selling to this day.
- The second is ‘Net,’ which refers to ‘Net Worth.’ Net worth is a term used to describe the most common measure of wealth. It is measured by taking all of one’s assets and money, and subtracting all of their debts, ending with an accurate representation of their wealth. Nas applies this by using it to insinuate that he does, in fact, have a net worth, which is a term usually only used to apply to the rich or to businesses, insinuating he has a LOT of money.
Together, he says that whenever he earns money, he’s actually earning as much as his net worth, so his net worth is doubling every time he earns something.
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