Can't believe I heard my name on "the realest shit you ever wrote" We Will Survive by Nas

“The realest shit I ever wrote” is a line on “Against All Odds” by Tupac where he disses Nas.

In an interview with the the swedish redio station P3 at 15:20.

Where he talks about how excited they were (his brother and a few others) hearing his name on his song that they went to the club and started fights with 5 different people out of excitement, emotion, over how good the music was and Tupac was dead and he couldn´t answer.

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To them double up hustlers, bidders, niggas who real
Professionals, stick-up kids dreamin' for mills
Stillmatic (The Intro) by Nas

Reminds you of his classic line from “Memory Lane”:

I rap for listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies and prisoners
Henessey-holders and old-school niggas

Which of course is intentionally since this was album was a statement that he is back to the form of Illmatic (that “Memory Lane” was featured on) and why the album is called Stillmatic.


This album is for the likes of hustlers and kids dreaming of mills since he was one of them so he can show you or/and inspire you to accomplish it, everyone can. Ties to the next line.

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Let my words guide you, get inside you Stillmatic (The Intro) by Nas

Nas wants his listeners to be influenced by him through relating to his songs and being guided by them.

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Hold it down, I told you
Pop another bottle and keep the smoke rolling
A Queens Story by Nas 1

Double Entendre…

The two last verses end the same way for repetition and to put emphazie on it. Hold it down as in:

  • Keep representing for the fallen soldiers or/and you area now that they are gone, ties to the title — Nas i still representing Queensbridge.
  • Maintain your coolness.

And live life to the fullest til it´s your time.

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Tell them you let it marinate, they swear you made them a promise
No matter what they do, you just stay a man of honor
Where's The Love by Nas (Ft. Cocaine 80's) 2

Word Play

In the previous line he mentions his diet and vomit which all have something to do with food just like you marinate food. If you want to marinate on it you want to think about it/sleep on it. But they take it as you promised them. But don´t care what they say about you, you know what you said and if you actually did promise, make it happen and hold your promise — stay a man of honor.

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Sample Beat Breakdowns Vol 3: Illmatic Special by Producer Genius

Speaking of samples, the lines

I´m out for presidents to represent me (say what)
I´m out for presidents to represent me (say what)
I´m out for dead presidents to represent me

In this song was sampled by Jay Z for his first single that later stirred some controversy, even believed to be one of the early seeds that led to Nas-Jay Z beef:

So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong
You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song

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Long/complex verse Beat Breakdowns Vol 3: Illmatic Special by Producer Genius

In an interview with Rolling Stone he 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 favorites, 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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The hook Beat Breakdowns Vol 3: Illmatic Special by Producer Genius

Which was sampled from “Mahogany” by Rakim. This provided the mental link for an analogy most rap heads had already made by now: Nas was the NEW Rakim on the block.

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DJ Premier. Beat Breakdowns Vol 3: Illmatic Special by Producer Genius

In fact it was vice versa as well, when he heared One Love he went back and changed the beat on “Represent”, the prodcers went to each others studio session competing to make the best beat. Perhaps one of the reason every beat was on point. At 2:55:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kkpaKTwMJs

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This was actually Nas first single Beat Breakdowns Vol 3: Illmatic Special by Producer Genius

It was released 3 years prior to Illmatic, shows how long it took for him to make Illmatic — the Detox of the 90s! It was featured in the movie Zebrahead to gain extra promotion and hype.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dogqDbcbVo0

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