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Nas: Be A Nigger Too

There are a handful of artists I feel truly connected to because of the content of their work: the isolation of being Morrissey, Jay Jay Johanson’s functional depression, and the eccentric embrace of Andrew Bird but none of them speak as directly to my core as Nas does.

I remember the first time I heard Illmatic, I was like 9 or 10 and I remember being blown away by all the cursing (it is probably why I curse so much). I’d sit around the kitchen and just listen to him strings coherent words together that just draw me in – I knew even at that age he was talking to me and this shit was important. In fact it was the first album that taught me life’s a bitch and then unfortunately you death (which is oddly an idea that both Morrissey and Jay Jay embrace). From that moment I knew this nigga knew not only who I was inside but also outside. I’m not one to actually focus on skin color (besides when a nigga is blue-black) but Nas has a way of describing the realest elements of being Black in America in 16 bars – something my white musical influence can’t do.

No one song of Nas’ speaks to me with as much power as his “Be A Nigger Too”. I feel like that is the young, black, and urban anthem. While his counterparts spit lines about the hoes they fucked and the jewels they bought, Nas is kicking knowledge. He’s trying to express Blackness in its purest form and being “black” is definitely something I take serious. How could I not? I’m constantly reminded by the people around me whether its positive or negative.

Regardless, hats off to big homey for writing music that actually makes me sit down and think too.

This is my openin scripture – I’ve been preparin this album
my whole life, might be uncomfortable for most you listeners
Satin’s bombardin me with propositions, but I decline
I started in the Bridge without a pot to piss in
I overcame all the opposition
My teachers told that I’d a broken mayne on a cot in prison
Cloaked in the finest drapes, not bathe in napes
But we still filthy, Supreme Court say we still guilty
This is the Genesis, and I don’t even see a worthy arch nemesis
I get loose like the Jena Six, they put a noose on ‘Pac
now I’m defendin Vic, and free that nigger TIP
I’d take the grave or a bid
to let some dirty clan members run up in my crib
and plant cracks on the man that’s goin to church
Plants packs on the man that’s goin to work
and build cases, meanwhile they daddies and they brothers
is recruitin all my brothers and cousins to fill bases
The nerve of y’all to call Escobar racist
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger hatred

Turn your radios up
You are now allowed to listen to the radio
The real niggers are back, on the radio

[Verse 1: NaS]

No slacking
no begging, no asking
no fasting
No disrespect to Islam
or Imam
or pastor
No answers
to questions the media is asking
Why we fight each other in public
in front of these arrogant fascists?
They love it
Putting old niggers versus the youngest
Most of our elders failed us
How can they judge us
niggers?
There’s verbal books published by niggers
Produced by niggers
genuine niggers
so I salute my
niggers
Not mad cuz Eminem said nigger
cuz he’s my nigger
wigger
cracker friend
We all black within
okay
we all African
okay
Some Africans don’t like us? no way!
A killing happened in Johannesburg, yesterday
Slain artist named Lucky Dube
hijacked
some saying N double-A-C-P
keep us side-tracked
But I don’t buy that
I buy Aston Martins
faster cars than
NASA-Car’s and
sparking
while riding
critics
eat a dick
journalists
see I’m rich
With this N-word jargon
I’m just starting
bitch

[chorus:NaS]

I’m a nigger
he’s a nigger
she’s a nigger
we some niggers
wouldn’t you like to be a nigger too?
To all my kike niggas
spic niggers
Guinea niggers
chink niggers
that’s right, y’all my niggers too

I’m a nigger
he’s a nigger
she’s a nigger
we some niggers
wouldn’t you like to be a nigger too?
They like to strangle niggers
blaming niggers
shooting niggers
hanging niggers
still you wanna be a nigger too?
True

[Verse 2: NaS]

Wake up in the morning, shake my third leg in the toilet
oozie on the night stand
I’m the man you go to war with
Not the man you go to war against
Patience
I’ll get you
if that means I can’t sleep a whole year, I’mma get you
I’m official
Not a tisket or a tasket
I’ll put you in the casket
With the biscuit or the ratchet
They smoke hibiscus …
That plant shit trees
advance shit we
Don’t forsake us
you all are fake bloods like movie makers
I flow tight as Toothie’s braces
Who be hating us?
I’ll be on a State bus
in shackles if my 8 bust
Cuz y’all some tellers, opposite of bankers
I’m the shit for ages
My click’s still real QB gangsters
Click still moving like Freemasons
So if I’m in on the floor
for the law
There’s lodgers
all across
the nation
NaS is bred for the plan
To hold a grand dragon’s head in my hand
Come and get me, here I am

[Chorus: NaS]

I’m a nigger
he’s a nigger
she’s a nigger
we some niggers
wouldn’t you like to be a nigger too?
To all my kike niggas
spic niggers
Guinea niggers
chink niggers
that’s right, y’all my niggers too

I’m a nigger
he’s a nigger
she’s a nigger
we some niggers
wouldn’t you like to be a nigger too?
They like to strangle niggers
blaming niggers
shooting niggers
hanging niggers
still you wanna be a nigger too?

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  1. SPITSHINE THESE SHOES.

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