I dream I can sit back
Two dreams in one verse???? But i thought sleep was the cousin of death???
There is more than one meaning here.
He desires to escape from the darkness of where “the nights is jet-black” or even perhaps, the “figurative nightmare” that is the projects (his world). A dream, unlike a nightmare, is much more positive; and thus, the beginning of his speech of the perks of the drug life (i.e. the legal luxury life).
He “dream[s] [he] can sit back,” meaning he doesn’t care to leave the projects, but become the ruler (i.e. Capone) of the “jet-black.” This is a much more dark interpretation of his world. The “jet-black” nights are representative of nightmares; who Nas really is (the streets, being African-American, nightmares are all “jet-black”). His “dream” is an interruption in his “dark” stream of consciousness, which seems to be a desire to get away (“dream” contains positive connotation). However, the “dream” actually indicates a much darker aspiration, than his already jet-black world, to become the darkest and most powerful figure.
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