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September 14, 1973 in Brooklyn
Queens, New York, United States
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, more commonly known as Nas (formerly Nasty Nas and Escobar), born September 14, 1973 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, is a prominent American MC. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, he was raised in the infamous Queensbridge housing projects in Queensbridge, New York. According to the Nasty Songfacts, as a teenager rapper, Nasir first went by the nickname Kid Wave before adopting his more commonly known alias of Nasty Nas. By the time he released his landmark solo debut album Illmatic in 1994, Jones was known as Nas.
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2 years ago
That damn record I strongly believe is one of the few classics that this era (or generation if you prefer) will leave to the next... The lyrics are good for thought, while listening to this chorus it's hard to hold your tears, everyone can find themselves in those words... Only the strong will continue...
2 years ago
This song has a lot of meaning in it; It mainly is about patience. We can't expect solutions to happen over night or right away. It takes time to figure things out and we can't rush through life. Since it takes so much time to improve life, we need to ignore the stupid distractions of the media, celebrity and other nonsensical distractions so we can find solutions to our problems!
3 years ago
Tough life is the gift offered to those who prefer to stand out of the crowd and speak about the real face of the situation, no matter what the place and time is. The eternal struggle against injustice, especially in terms of society, is what is ringing the bells in these verses.