Shuffle Song Of The Day (5/13/18): “The Message” By Nas

“The Message” is a single from Nas’s 1996 sophomore album It Was Written. It’s tough to follow up an album as great as Nas’s debut, Illmatic, but It Was Written is about as good a job as one can do. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for guitar samples in rap songs, and this one is dope. Add that together with Nas’s impressive flow and lyricism, and you have yourselves a great song. Also a boss move that he samples himself during the chorus, which are lines from NY State of Mind on his previous album. Nas is an indisputable too 10 rapper all time, possibly even a top 5 depending who you talk to, and by releasing songs songs like this, he made sure everybody got the message.

Favorite Lyric(s)

96 ways I made out, Montana way,

The Good-F-E-L-L-A, verbal AK spray,

Dipped attache, jumped out the Range, empty out the ashtray

A glass of ‘ze make a man Cassius Clay

There’s one life, one love, so there can only be one King

Don’t give a fuck who they hit, as long as the drama’s lit,

Yo, overnight thugs, bug cause they ain’t promised shit,

Hungry-ass hooligans stay on that piranha shit

I never sleep cuz sleep is the cousin of death,

I ain’t the type of brotha made for you to start testin’

So when I rhyme it’s sincerely yours,

Be lightin L’s sippin Coors, on all floors in project halls

A thug changes, and love changes, and best friends become strangers

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