Don shit, under fire I remain on some calm shit The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

When Nas is being shot at, he keeps his cool and stays calm and collected.
This is a sign of rationality and emotional strength, and he claims to be able to have control of his emotions even in the wildest and most stressful of situations, an extremely admirable characteristic.

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So I'mma, keep it on 'til I see a billion dollars The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

Nas claims to want to keep rapping until he makes a billion dollars from it.
Considering Nas’s net worth is apparently around 35 Million, this seems to be a claim that he’s going to continue to rap until he dies, a common claim that shows severe dedication to the rap game.

This line is a carry-on from the previous one regarding the islamic hadeeth. Since it says that ink is worth more than blood, he plays with that idea and claims that he will keep writing rhymes until he sees a billion dollars aka since the prophet said writing is worth more than blood, he’d rather write to make money than to live in the streets and die as a martyr.

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With the square top pocket that snaps The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

This line speaks to Nas’s realness. Whereas many rappers will just buy something, without really thinking about the significance and authenticity of the item, and just buying it for the looks, Nas speaks of his authenticity and the symbolism of the item.

Real army jackets and fatigues have extremely loose square-top pockets with fasteners, that are good for carrying ammunition clips and other battle supplies.

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Now it’s the Ghost Phantom The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

This line completes Nas’s chronology of the cars he progressed from owning.
Now Nas claims to be rolling in the dough, driving a Rolls Royce Ghost:

And Phantom:

These are two of the most expensive and luxurious luxury vehicles one could own.
Considering the fact that both of these cars are usually symbolic of lavish wealth and richness, and the fact that Nas professes to own both of them, it shows an extreme weath, a willingness to spend on style, and a carelessness with money that is usually seen as a admirable quality in the rap game.

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February 25th, 2014

Ghost Phantom = Nas not realizing it’s actually 2 different cars. Yall ever acknowledge rapper’s inaccuracies?

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98 the Bentley The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

In only one year, Nas went from driving an old BMW to a (probably) brand new Bentley, the epitome of luxury vehicles, and usually an extremely expensive vehicle.

Nas uses this to say that it only took him one year to blow up and realize his dreams, making enough money to go from an old, relatively inexpensive car to something that is actually an expensive status symbol.

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In 97 the six, The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

Nas uses 3 of the last lines in his verse to talk about the progression of cars he has rode throughout the years.
Nas was probably talking about the 1997 Mercedes Benz s600.

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October 3rd, 2012

Nas was talking about the S600 and not the BMW as the S600 was a popular luxury car amongst rappers at that time

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So anyone move next, I'll hit you with two Tecs The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

The Tec-9 is a popularly referenced submachine gun, known for its menacing looks and high ammunition capacity. It’s very prominent in gangster rap culture, referenced by greats such as:

Nas threatens to use two of them to shoot up his opposers.

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Nas the Don, Super Cat the Don Dada, understood The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

Super Cat is a Jamacian DJ who features on this track, and Nas makes a shout out to him

Nas also references Super Cat’s nickname, Don Dada, which links him to the title of the song, as they both contain ‘Don.’

The nickname comes from contemporary usage of the phrase Don Dadda, which generally means someone who is in charge, most likely stemming from the roots ‘Don’ meaning a higher-up member of the mafia, and ‘Dada,’ a bastardization of ‘Dad,’ another mafia term for someone high up, like a godfather.

This is also a reference to Supercat’s track Don Dada.

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My Colombiana mommy riding beside me The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

Nas is no stranger to Latina girls. In this line, mentions that the girl is from Colombia, a South American country that was home to notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, from whom Nas took his “Nas Escobar” alias

Colombiana is also the title of a recent film about a female assassin

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Fuck sadness, The Don by Nas (Ft. Mazy) 1

As Nas says in a recent interview, his soon-to-be-released album, Life is Good, was written with an extremely positive mindset.
This line illustrates that principle; with Nas renouncing sadness, the exact opposite of happiness.

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