I used to wanna rap like Jay-Z
Now I feel I could run laps around Jay-Z
Nas ain't seen nothing this nasty
B.I.G. & Pac got it coming when I pass too
You got the mic, I ain't the one you wanna pass to
Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense
But I did 5 mill' — I ain’t been rhyming like Common since
These rappers (along with Eminem from the first verse) are often viewed as Hip-Hop’s top five of all time. Ab feels he could be in that league too and will even try to battle The Notorious B.I.G and 2Pac for glory in the afterlife, or at least as holograms.
Also, at his best Nasir was called Nasty Nas, and Ab possibly refers to One Mic. Much like what Nas described in that song, one mic is all Soulo needs to kill MC’s.
In Ab’s own words:
Yeah. Basically it’s just a little warning shot at the throne. We coming. Don’t get too comfortable. That’s all it is. I respect all of those artists to the utmost. I’ve respected them through my entire career. It’ll be an honor to meet all of them in some kind of way. But at the end of the day, this is a competitive sport and we’re here to win.
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