Indeed, this line begins his 1996 verse on Mobb Deeb’s Give It Up Fast
The real action here is the reference to Soulja Boy, whose famous song “Crank Dat” refers to a graphic sexual maneuver called the Superman, literally a kind of “flying fuck” since it involves a cape. Soulja Boy is the kind of weak rapper that Eminem boasts about preying on.
Ironic in light of Jay-Z’s famous about-face three years later, declaring that “New York’s been soft, ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings” in the video for New York, New York.
Weird math here — Jay-Z was in songs as early as 1990, whereas Nas debuted in 1991. From 1991-2001 Nas released five albums (counting Stillmatic), the same number of solo albums as Jay-Z (counting Blueprint). It is true that Jay-Z didn’t release his first album until 1996, but it’s not clear what this has to do with anything.
Also on 1992’s “Back to the Grill”
Nas talks a lot about witnessing events from his “Project Window” — the Ronald Isley song being a case in point.
To “read” someone is slang/jargon for assessing them as gay. Not true, then, that Nas' virulently homophobic Ether throws the first stone.
Hard to see this picture rating as anything but baller if put up today.
Less juvenile since he is borrowing them from Tupac — part of the point is that another great also hated on Jay-Z, though of course Pac had little use for Nas either.
In fact, it was a common practice in colonial Africa to “try” and “sentence” the natives for crimes (the crimes were often trivial, and the trials lacked even rudimentary due process), forcing them to then labor as convicts in the diamond mines. Jim Crow in America was characterized by similar practices.