My brain is incarcerated

from Nas – One Time 4 Your Mind Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This theme is repeated often throughout “Illmatic”, such as in “One Love” (“though incarcerated your mind dies”) and “The World is Yours” (“even my brain’s in handcuffs).

Unlike Method Man who informed us in a 1995 interview with Yo MTV Raps that people can always escape the ghetto because “can’t never trap a black man’s mental”, Nas seems to believe that the mind’s of ghetto inhabitants are in fact restricted by their environment.

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