This is the 3rd installment of my series of dissecting subliminal diss records from your favorite emcees. The first two I did on Biggie and JayZ did tremendous numbers and caught alot of people’s attention. Especially since there are barbs being traded throughout alot of those classic records we’ve often vibed too.
Nas throughout his career has thrown his fair share of jabs at his adversaries on wax, So within this entry I’m gonna reveal the barbs that Nasty Nas was dishing out throughout his career that may have went over many people’s heads.
Nas The Cross
Y’all can keep y’all weak beats, from your corny producers
There’s a new king of the streets, you’re gonna get used to
I was the old king of the streets, that y’all once hated
But now I reinvented myself, and y’all all waited
The lines about the weak beats from the corny producers were aimed at Kanye West and the Rocafella staff. Nas was still at odds with JayZ during this time period and he had defeated him in battle. He was also reminding people that he was the new King of NY because he had won the battle.
I changed it up from that pop shit it’s hard to see R&B
Rappers arguably, started fuckin up the game horribly
Definitely aimed at Ja Rule because he was running the game at the time with the R&B commercial sound. The Murder Inc deal had fallen through around this time so Nas possibly could have thrown a jab there because he felt like it.
You got a house in Virginia
The only way you sicker than us
Gettin’ bagged with .22’s now you’s a ridiculous fuck
No need for the gun play, it’s ok, cause you dyin’ anyway
Nas is talking about Camron here. Cam had dramatic weight loss during that period so Nas poked fun at him and claimed he had HIV to explain it. It was pretty clever because Nas stated that him having HIV would be the only way he would be considered sicker than his crew. He made reference to Cam being bagged with a gun.
The whole, city is mine, prettiest Don
I don’t like the way P. Diddy did Shyne with different lawyers
The City is mine is Nas claiming victory over JayZ(The City is mine reference is from Jay’s hit single The City is Mine). He also express how foul Diddy did Shyne during their murder trial.
Fake thug, no love; you get the slug CB4 Gusto
Your luck low, I didn’t know til I was drunk though
You freak niggas played out, get fucked and ate out
Prostitute turned bitch, I got the gauge out
Ninety-six ways I made out, Montana way
The Good-F-E-L-L-A Verbal AK spray
Dipped attache, jump out the Range, empty out the ashtray
A glass of ‘ze make a man Cassius Clay
Red dot plots, murder schemes, thirty-two shotguns
Regulate with my Dunns
Seventeen rocks gleam from one ring
Yo, let me let y’all niggas know one thing
There’s one life, one love, so there can only be one King</em>
The Fake Thug no Love You get the slug lines were looked to have been aimed at Tupac(Who caught offense to the lines) Nas however a long time ago cleared the air and said that the whole verse including the lines about one life, one love so there could be one King were directed towards Biggie.
Money Over Bullshit
Put a barrel in a capo mouth, ’til his scalp come out
You a kid, you don’t live what you rap about
This was Nas’s long-awaited response to Jim Jones’s shit talk over the past two years. Jimmy refers to himself as a Capo so that was aforementioned and Nas basically went in on his lack of street cred.
Niggas, it’s fifty ways to disect the General
If I give ya the top five, you will not survive
Rule 1: cocksucker, keep my name from your tongue
Rule 2: thought ya knew don’t fuck with God’s Son
Rule 3: see, matter fact, I just wait
If y’all reach top five, then I’mma eat y’all alive
Each one of you guys that claim Hip-Hop is still alive
Like y’all ain’t in agreement wit Nas
That shit is dead motha’fucka, it’s dead bitch
The interesting part about this verse is that it was directed at many of people who were throwing taunts at him. The Fifty way could have been looked at as a jab at 50 Cent who always had Nas’s name in his mouth. The Keep my name out of your tongue reference was a warning to guys like Jeezy, 50, Jim Jones, and others whom were going against him.
The part where he went at guys claiming that Hip Hop was alive was aimed at Ludacris and other southern rappers whom caught feelings about Nas’s claim. Ludacris wore a shirt that said Hip Hop Ain’t Dead, It lives in the South.
(Live Hip Hop, Live) And I say what I say, and I mean it
(Live Hip Hop, Live) Y’all take it how you want to take it
(Give Hip Hop, Give) Because if you asking: “Why is Hip Hop dead?”
(Give Hip Hop, Give) It’s a pretty good chance, you the reason it died, man
(Stay Hip Hop, Stay) It’s a pretty good, chance your lame ass, corny ass
(Stay Hip Hop, Stay) Is the reason it died, man
(I Pray Hip Hop, Pray) You don’t give a fuck about it, you don’t know nothing about it
(I Pray Hip Hop, Stays) You want this paper, be a hustler
(Live Hip Hop, Live) You a hustler, you ain’t a rapper, get your paper man
This was a response to Young Jeezy’s Infamous “Nas doesn’t bust his gun” interview. Jeezy has claimed that he never was a rapper but a Hustler throughout his career so Nas made reference to that in response.
You wanna ball till you fall, I can help you with that
You want beef? I could let a slug melt in your hat
This would be the official start of Nas’s battle with Jay and the Rocafella camp. Nas took a swipe at JayZ’s right hand man Memphis Bleek. Ball Till you Fall was a song that Bleek had buzzing in the streets and the slug melt through your hat line was further evidence of this being towards Bleek, Bleek is notorious for wearing fited hats. Bleek responded on his street single Got My Mind right and it brewed from there.
Black Girl Lost
Where are you focused, on legit niggas and where the coke is
Nice and Thug Life niggas, yo you seem hopeless
Your value – too much to be measured, I wonder how you
Another jab possibly aimed at Tupac and his crew(Thug Life). Black Girl Lost is similar to Common’s I Use to Know H.E.R. where the only difference here is that Nas is actually talking about a misguided Black Woman whereas Common used the metaphor of Hip Hop music in comparison to a woman.
Whereas Common was takened out of context with his line about the West Coast, Nas seemingly took a much more bold approach. Especially where during the course of the song he made it as if Thug Life types were responsible for fucking up a good woman.
It’s a possible reach but considering that Tupac was paranoid at that point. He’s most likely he took offense to this line as well.
Queens Get the Money
Niggas is still hating
Talking that Nas done fell off with rhyming
He’d rather floss with diamonds
They pray “please God let him spit that Uzi in the army lining
That shorty doo-wop rolling oo-wop in the park reclining”
Take 27 emcee’s put them in a line and they’re out of alignment
My assignment since he said retirement
Hiding behind 8 Mile and The Chronic
Gets rich but dies rhyming
This is high science
Now add 23 more from Queens to B-more
I’m over their heads
Like a bulimic on a seesaw
Now that’s 50 porch monkeys ate up at the same time
Y’all going to bow holmes, it’s Dow Jones
.80 cal chrome
Needed time alone to zone
The mack left his iPhone and his 9 at home
My queen used the milkshake to bring y’all to my slaughter houses
I do this for the group home kids in boarding houses
This is that nigga shit that’s on the album
For the niggas inside the chalk line in 40 houses
This whole verse was directed at 50 Cent. 50 in XXL said Nas’s career was done and that he should retire. Nas broke down different ways how he would decapitate him as a rapper. The Get Rich Die trying line was another obvious stab. He goes on and mocks 50’s greed since he felt that 50 at that time was focusing more on money instead of art. The Milkshake bring yall to his slaughterhouse is another response to 50’s taunt on Piggybank.
Vic Da Ruler