(I) Fuck with your soul like ether

from Nas – Ether Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ether is a potent anesthetic; it was used to medicate surgery patients in the Olden Days. As a poetic symbol, it is best described by Hunter Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:

The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge

Nas named the song Ether because in his words, “I was told a long time ago, ghosts and spirits don’t like the fumes from ether, and I just wanted to affect him with my weapon and get to his soul.”

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