Make that cake, Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Making money. ‘Dealers’ in the line before also means he could be talking about a kilo of coke.

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Drop-top riders Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Drivers of convertibles:

The top drops into the trunk, see? Hustlers and dealers make so much money that they can drive flash cars like this

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Hustlers, dealers, Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Money-makers. More specifically, drug-dealers.

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East to West Coast we riders Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Nas celebrates the demise of the East / West Coast Beef.

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1995, eleven years from the day
I'm in the record shop with choices to make
"Illmatic" on the top shelf, "The Chronic" on the left homie
Wanna cop both but only got a twenty on me
So fuck it, I stole both, spent the twenty on a dub sack
Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

“Meet Jayceon Terrell Taylor. Sixteen years old. Fed up with life and the way things are going, he decides to steal two records and buy twenty dollars of drugs in a baggie. Just then, his conscience comes into play…”


See that, Game is also making the point of how good “Illmatic” and “The Chronic” were both the top albums in the world, and he needed both of them, so he might as well steal them, cuz (as if I’m Game talking) who gives a shit? I can get away with it, might as well spend my money on something i can’t steal, and get away with as easily…like drugs


A quote by Game himself; “The story I told in ‘Hustlers’ was a true story. I already had The Chronic but I had lost it or someone had stolen it from me. So I stole them both. At that time I didn’t have money like I do now so it was rough. It was like, if you can get away with stealing something, why not?"

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It's on heathens, The God's back Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

The ‘I am God’ theme also explored in Let There Be Light on the same album.

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So crack the Patron, Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

This will help with the breathin'

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So every breath I take, is all about the rules Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Rapping requires disciplined breath control. Nas' rapping is so prolific, he applies this to all of his speech.

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Low-key, know G's, but it's still Gucci luggage Hustlers by Nas (Ft. Game & Marsha (Floetry))

Nas tries to remain inconspicuous but can’t resist splashing out on branded suitcases.

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Bullets and begets Let There Be Light by Nas (Ft. Tre Williams)

Some sweet alliteration. Plus continues the religious theme; beget is very biblical.

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April 7th, 2014

Bullets and baguettes…makes more sense!

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