Y'all niggas was born, I shot my way out my mom dukes
Nas is making a comical reference to how he was a thug before he was even born, by ‘shooting’ his way out of his mom.
Here he has something in common with Macduff, the hero of Shakespeare’s Macbeth; the witches have promised Macbeth that “none of woman born” will ever defeat him, but Macduff reveals that he was “from his mother’s womb/Untimely ripped.”
Nas would go on to sample this line on “Fetus”, which appears on the 2002 compilation The Lost Tapes.
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