The Queens Courthouse right next to the cemetery

from Nas – A Queens Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The Maple Grove Cemetery in Queens borders a courthouse. Many notable mobsters have been buried there.

This connection between the cemetery and courthouse seems to imply foreshadowing; Nas could perhaps be saying that those convicted of crimes (perhaps unfairly) are condemned to rot in jail and later be buried in the cemetery bordering the courthouse they were sentenced in. It’s almost as if they’re being sentenced to death.

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