Roll with a shooting squad
How could I not succumb
How could I not partake
Fifteen I got a gun
Sixteen I robbed a train
Licked off a shot for fun
What's got inside my brain

from Nas – No Introduction Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This image of a youthful Nas robbing and engaging in other illicit activities recurs on his first verse in “World’s An Addiction”:

Only conclusion is shooting bullets, popping,
Hoodlums dropping
Fear any day that the feds will come knocking
Was young and nervous
Asking myself what’s the purpose
In the back of a patty wagon, bracelets, aching me
Pigs ignoring, I’m asking what precinct they taking me

Nas also addresses his subway-robbing past explicitly on “Loco-Motive”. As well as the peer pressure of doing these activities.

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