Sometimes you gotta plan shit, and understand it
See I'm a bandit whose hand'll itch
Without a gun in it, Nas is runnin it
I'm a Villain by Nas 1

Nas is methodical as it gets when it comes to committing crimes, but his villain side sometimes gets the best of him and makes him go through withdrawals when he isn’t holding a gun.

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My voice is like magic
My cassette is the clip and your radio's the Automatic
So when I'm in your town, "duck down"
Or take fire, whatever you desire
But I'm on point you might miss
Never fight this, you'll be sightless when I strike this
I'm a Villain by Nas 1

Extended Metaphor!

Nas claims his voice has magical qualities that allows his lyrics to cause physical harm. He then compares putting his cassette tape into a radio to loading a gun with bullets, because both are equally deadly. Once the radio is loaded, you have two options — fire back or run away. Nas suggests you run, because his lyrics (“bullets”) are always on point and will leave you blind if they connect.

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And wear horns, not a halo
And keep killin, cause I'm a villain
I'm a Villain by Nas 1

Angels wear halos, devils wear horns. Since Nas is a villain who went to Hell for snuffing Jesus, it only makes sense that he would choose the devil horns.

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It's ill how I got the pen droppin the ink
No one can stop this Apocalypse
I'm a Villain by Nas 1

The Master At The Pen!

Just close your eyes and you can imagine the scenarios, thats how vivid his lyrics are. Even being able to create an apocalypse.

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[Hook]
What?
What?
Wha-a-a-t?
I'm a Villain by Nas 1

How is Nas committing this lyrical murder??

Because He Is Nasty!

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We had words cause the best supposed to clash at the top
But kept it brotherly, when we seen each other and stopped
We Will Survive by Nas

Before Tupac died Nas and him made peace after the MTV awards. Tupac said me and you are brothers, were never supposed to go at it but I heared you dissed me on one of your mixtapes. For instance both have been described as poetic, afrocentric themes and both made songs for women. Tupac “Keep Ya Head Up”, Nas: “Black Girl Lost” etc. It was people around at the time turning them against him — Tupac had thought he had been dissed by Nas. The story is told a little bit different by people:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_eTV744zqM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avONGkgtofY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCCBzQ-mM_w

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I can relate, shootouts and court dates We Will Survive by Nas

A reference to his own song “Shootouts”. Nas has had his fair share of hard times too so he can relate. Tupac had been famously been shot twice and even went to jail.

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[Verse 1: Nas] If I Ruled The World by Nas (Ft. Lauryn Hill)

When asked if It Was Written was influensed by Only Built For Cuban Linx

No my point with that was… It was the otherway around, I was forced to avoid sounding like my influence due to other rappers and thats why I did “If I Ruled The World”, “Street Dreams” and work with Trackmasters was to get away from what I was already starting to rap. With Mobb Deep saying Escobar, calling each other names like that. Nobody was doing that. That was my thing so on my second album I´m watching all the arist coming up all of which are nice on the mic. You got Jay Z, members of Wu, Daz and Kurupt and im hearing everything. from my man Kurupt saying “Verbl assissin”. That was my thing at the time. I´m like wow with all due respect to my man Kurupt. I´m Nas Esco on the Mobb Deep shit and on my mixtapes I´m talking gangster shit. I´m starting to hear it in Biggies music and Wu music. So when the second album comes around it´s obvious that we all had collectively me, Rae, Jay, B.I.G, brought our ganster mentality to the rap game. so I feelt we all couldn´t do this at the same time. so my thing had to open all the cells in Atticica, send them to Africa. It had more of a global approach musically.

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[Produced by DJ Premier] N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II by Nas

The composition is quite similiar to the original “Ny State Of Mind”. The production is grungy and monochromatic. It still samples “Flight Time” by Donald Byrd.

Just as in the original at the beginning of this song, there is a portion without the piano and a synthed high-pitch sound, higher than any piano note. This sound came from the jazz track, Donald Byrd’s “Flight Time.”

However it uses different drums, but still keeps it boom-bap and a more somber piano then the original and Nas complements it with emotional words, making these scenes young Nas witnessed feel most tangible. As well as in the hook where it sounds like he will almost break down.

It stays true to the original without sounding to alike and is more then worthy as a sequel even being mentioned on lists of best sequels.

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[Intro] N.Y. State of Mind by Nas 2

In an interview with Rolling Stone Nas describes how it took all his life up until that point to make this, everything he had gone through and he had one shot to display that:

That one right there is one of my favourites, because that one painted a picture of the City like nobody else. I’m about eighteen when I’m saying that rhyme. I worked on that first album all my life, up until I was twenty, when it came out. I was a very young cat talking about it like a Vietnam veteran, talking like I’ve been through it all. That’s just how I felt around that time.

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