But I tried her used to ride her, for dollars not the fame

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

Meaning

Nas started out broke and all he needed was money. He worked hard on his debut album Illmatic (1994) Which turned out to be a classic, but didn’t made much money at that time. So, he tried something else and released It Was Written (1996) with a mafioso concept and a new alias ‘Nas Escobar’, which went double platinum. He got the money he wanted and the fame came with it.

Nas actually didn’t went into rap for fame, his initial plan was to drop illmatic get some cash and move outta the projects, but then you don’t stop when the money starts coming,.

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