Ever since back then, a nigga been about the dough

from Nas – A Queens Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas shifts his focus from how his childhood in Queens affected him now. Following his experiences with jail, gangs, dead friends, mob cemeteries, drugs, and other difficult aspects of His early days in the hood Nas takes from all this to focus on money and getting out of this hell. Looking back on it now those were the things that made him rap.

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