My rhymin' is a vitamin held without a capsule

from Nas – N.Y. State of Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A vitamin “without a capsule” goes down more easily; it is also more pure, less adulterated. Nas is arguably advancing both ideas about his own style; it goes down more easily, meaning it is more accessible to the average listener, and it is more “raw,” thus closer to the streets than the rap of manufactured studio gangsters.

Nas also alludes to his stage name at the time, Nasty Nas, since chewing on a multi-vitamin produces a really nasty taste in your mouth.

A vitamin held without a capsule is just powder, which looks might look like cocaine or heroin, AKA dope. So his lyrics are dope…get it?

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