I remember seeing Shan chilling near his Audi
Hollis had Run and them but I proudly
Put a poster up of Shan and Marley, that was art kid

from Nas – Back When Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

MC Shan and Marley Marl were the first to put Queensbridge on the map with their 1986 anthem “The Bridge” (sampled in the hook of this song).

Queens was already huge in Hip Hop thanks to Run DMC (from Hollis) and LL Cool J (representing Farmers Blvd, St Albans), but Shan and Marley were from the same projects as Nas. He used to see them in the street, of course he’s gonna rock their poster.

^MC Shan with trademark Puma gear and his face on his Shirt Kings

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