Life is certainly good for Nasir Jones. The veteran rapper, respectfully known as Nas, is celebrating the big 4-0 today (Sept. 14). In celebration of that milestone, we list some of the Queensbridge legend's captivating lyrics. Undoubtedly, Nas is one of hip-hop's greatest lexicons. His unique gift of gab has influenced a plethora of emcees in the rap game -- both past and present.

So to celebrate Nas' 40th birthday, TheDrop.Fm presents 10 Best Nas Lyrics. Read and listen to the rapper's lyrical excellence. Happy Birthday, Nas!

  • "Always I'm in some s--- / My abdomen is the clip, the barrel is my d--- uncircumcised / Pull my skin back and cock me / I bust off when they unlock me / Results of what happens to n----s shock me…"

    -- 'I Gave You Power' (From the album 'It Was Written')
  • "Stay laced in the best, well dressed with finesse in a white tee, lookin' for wifey / Thug girl who fly and talks so nicely / Put her in the coupe so she can feel the nice breeze / We can drive through the city no doubt, but don't say my car's topless / Say the titties is out…"

    -- 'Made You Look' (From the album 'God's Son')
  • "'Nas is like..' Iron Mike, messiah type / Before the Christ, after the death / The last one left / Let my cash invest in stock / Came a along way from blasting, tecs on blocks…"

    -- 'Nas Is Like' (From the album 'I Am...')
  • "He put me on to Dawn, nice a-- with a set of mean twins / Had a pocket full of cash, Sekou wasn't lettin' me spend / I was there for the weekend / Packed and prepared for anything / Then he brings me to his castle in Coconut Grove / War stories about dudes both of us know / Never heard drunken words spoken so slow…"

    -- 'Sekou Story' (From the album 'Street Disciple')
  • "Bad attitudes, octoroon skin tones / Slave food turned into soul food, collards to neck bones / Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag / Bet she had a n---a with her to help her old a--!"

    -- 'Can't Stop Us Now' (From the album 'Untitled')
  • "F---ing with Stretch from Live Squad / I could’ve died the same night that Stretch died I just got out of his ride / He dropped me off and drove to Springfield / November thirtieth, another Queens king killed / It f---ed me up, y’all..."

    -- 'Queens Story' (From the album 'Life Is Good')
  • "Shining since Roxanne Shante made 'Runaway,' that's been a minute / Genesis is deep, my features are that of a God / It's not a facade it's a fact, these rappers wanna be Nas..."

    -- 'No Idea's Original' (From the album 'The Lost Tapes')
  • "Ask me if I'm tryin' to kick knowledge / Nah, I'm tryin' to kick the s--- you need to learn though / That ether, that s--- that make your soul burn slow…"

    -- 'Ether' (From the album 'Stillmatic')
  • "So analyze me, surprise me, but can't magnetize me / Scannin' while you're plannin' ways to sabotage me / I leave 'em froze like heroin in your nose / Nas will rock well, it ain't hard to tell…"

    -- 'It Ain't Hard to Tell' (From the album 'Illmatic')
  • "All I need is one life, one try, one breath I'm one man / What I stand for speaks for itself, they don't understand / They don't wanna see me on top, too egotistical / Talking all of that slick s--- while my name is biblical..."

    -- 'One Mic' (From the album 'Stillmatic')