The old shit was learning
Student enrollment to focus,

from Nas (Ft. Cocaine 80's) – Where's The Love Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

When they were younger, before they got heavy in the street life, these shooters and thugs was studying the 5 Percenter Lessons known as 120. A member of the 5% must commit the lessons to memory and study them to bring up their own interpretation. The first set of lessons (after one has learned their Supreme Mathematics & Supreme Alphabets) is the STUDENT ENROLLMENT, which encompasses some of the basics such as:

Q. Who is the Original Man?

A. The Original Man is the Asiatic Blackman, the Maker, the Owner, the Cream of the Planet Earth, Father of Civilization, God of the Universe.

Nas is saying back in the day these kids had positive things to study to keep their mind occupied and focused, but unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore. Just old shit to ‘em…

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