this verse notes how easy it is to get sucked into the lavish lifestyle of drug dealers. Normally the ignorant fall for this. The most ignorant drop out of school and disregard education and have shallow ambitions(make money regardless).
Nas does not support the “American Way”(go to college, get a good job, get a house with white picket fence, etc) however, he realizes(“Twenty Five to flat”) that being a career drug lord is going to lead to more pain than pleasure. Being a rebel in this sense wanting his cake and eating it too. He wants money now and later but doesnt want to sell drugs the rest of his life which in turn reverts back to his first verse of how he concocts a plan to hit it big once and then set up his “legal” businesses unlike his friends who deal with narcotics their entire life with no viable route to disassociate themselves from tribulations of the hood.
no they perform fellatio while he’s in the convertible.
ambiguous line nonetheless. Holding gats can also refer to just living as a local thug or peddler in the hood where you are better off carrying a weapon.
Also holstering weapons is known to make jackets bulge if they aren’t tailored/made extra big(than person actual size).
Armor All is also a famous wax/polish product. Normally when you purchase certain high quality cars straight off the lot they are detailed before you get them. Armor All can be applied to the interior dash, the body, and most famously: the tires giving them a wet sleek jet black color like they were on water at night under bright lights
Nas needs to avoid snitches and the jealous types who will snuff him for his wealth and ruin his “scheme”. Ergo he devises the plan himself and only takes what he needs(in this case a female, who police aren’t trying to identify, to transport the product)
refers back to the last line. A typical practice of higher profile dealers, they insulate themselves from day to day narcotics trafficking through money laundering. The key is to find a legal connect who can embezzle/coerce others into allowing them to start up these “honest” businesses that the police can’t trace crimes to. Nas knows the police don’t waste time arresting “innocent” people unless they have hard evidence against them hence needing cover his traces with these businesses.
No more Ice Cube
Promoting D.O.C.’s album No One Can Do It Better that dropped about two years prior. This song came out after D.O.C. had his tragic car accident.
LAPD is known for harassing citizens. They spot LAPD snooping around the hood looking for trouble(or wanting to start some) and Dre and Ren leave before they get pulled over and possibly beat down.
In the video he flashes a pistol in his hand during the line