I am the truest; name a rapper that I ain't influenced
This can reference many things (blatant or indirectly):
- How Illmatic reoriented rap towards gritty East Coast — sounds, and away from West Coast gangster stylings.
- Before Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z had a fast paced flow. Nas is saying Jay stole his style of rapping.
- Multiple producers on an album.
- How Jay-Z sampled his songs on his first two albums.
- How Biggie stole the concept of his album cover.
- How he got AZ a record deal with one guest verse.
- How he was the first guest artist on a Wu-Tang track.
- How he was the first to “sing” on his own songs.
- How he was one of the first practitioners of mafioso rap.
- How “I Gave You Power” inspired “Me and My Girlfriend”, “Bonnie and Clyde 97” and (unfortunately) “Bonnie and Clyde 03"
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