Never tried to hide who I was, she was taught and raised like
A princess, but while I'm on stage I can't leave her defenseless
Plus she's seen me switching women, pops was on some pimp shit
She heard stories of her daddy thugging

from Nas – Daughters Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It’s all intertwined. Nas' experiences from his past and career have gifted him with wisdom, but because of them he can’t always spend the time he needs to with his daughter and his image in part is that of a thug.

Add in the pimping — an ode to his own father, whom he discusses on “Poppa Was a Playa” — and that makes it even harder to set a good example. Certainly something both of them realize, but work with.

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