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')