And a host of those who passed away

from DJ Khaled (Ft. DJ Premier, Nas & Scarface) – Hip Hop Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas uses both meanings of “host” for a great double entendre.

One on hand, a “host” is a large number of something, speaking on how so many rappers have passed away. He is also saying that he carries the spirits of all of the legendary rappers (Pac, Biggie, Pun, Big L, etc.) who passed away, as their “host.”

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