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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones (born September 14, 1973), known as Nas and formerly as Nasty Nas, is an African-American rapper from Queens, New York. He's one of the most influential rappers of the 90's.

On Albums[edit]

  • "How can you lose when you're doing you?"
    • 92Y Interview With Anthony DeCurtis (1992)

On Albums[edit]

Illmatic (1994)[edit]

  • "I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death"
    • "N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined"
    • "N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "The smooth criminal on beat breaks / Never put me in ya box if ya shit eats tapes"
"N.Y. State of Mind"
  • "I switched my motto / instead of saying 'fuck tomorrow' that buck that bought a bottle could've struck the lotto"
    • "Life's a Bitch"
  • "Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne"
    • "The World Is Yours"
  • "I need a new nigga, for this black cloud to follow / cause while it's over me it's too dark to see tomorrow"
    • "The World Is Yours"
  • "I set it off with my own rhyme / cause I'm as ill as a convict who kills for phone time"
    • "Halftime"
  • "I reminisce on park jams, my man was shot for his sheep coat / chocolate blunts will make me see him drop in my weed smoke"
    • "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)"
  • "Live amongst no roses, only the drama, for real / A nickel-plate is my fate, my medicine is the ganja"
    • "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)"
  • "Fuck 'rap is real', watch the herbs stand still / never talkin' to snakes cause the words of man kill / true in the game, as long as blood is blue in my veins"
    • "Memory Lane (Sittin' in Da Park)"
  • "Then I rose, wiping the blunts ash from my clothes / then froze only to blow the herb smoke through my nose / and told my little man that i'm a go cyprose / there's some jewels in the skull that he can sell if he chose / words of wisdom from nas try to rise up above"
    • "One Love"
  • "When I was ten I was a hip-hop a shorty wop/known for rockin' microphones and twistin' of a forty top"
    • "One Time 4 Your Mind"
  • "So analyze me, surprise me, but can't magmatize me/ Scannin' while you're plannin' ways to sabotage me/ I leave 'em froze like her-on in your nose/ Nas'll rock well, It ain't hard to tell"
    • "It Ain't Hard to Tell"

It Was Written (1996)[edit]

  • "I've seen some cold nights and bloody days/ They grabbed me bullets spray, they used me wrong so I sing this song 'til this day."
    • "I Gave You Power"
  • From child births to hearses, flow like the Nile covered surface/ Bit the fruit from the serpent.
    • "Nas Is Coming"
  • Mad smoke makes me able to quote/ Soliciting ill editions of that murder I wrote.
    • "Nas Is Coming"
  • " fake thug no love, get the slug/CB4 gusto ur luck low, i didn't know til i was drunk tho/you freak niggaz played out, get fucked and ate out/prostitute turned bitch got the gage out/ 96 ways i made out/montanna way, good f-e-l-l-a, verbal AK spray/
    • "The Message"
  • " A thug changes, and love changes / and best friends become strangers, word up "
    • "The Message"
  • " I never brag, how real I keep it, cause it's the best secret "
    • "Take It In The Blood"

Nastradamus (1999)[edit]

  • " Yo, if this piano's the cake then my words are the candles / Light it up, make a wish, and them angels will grant you "
    • "Project Windows"

I Am... (1999)[edit]

  • "Freedom or jail clips inserted, a baby's being born/ Same time a man is murdered, the beginning and end."
    • "Nas Is Like"
  • "Street scriptures, for lost souls in the crossroads.."
    • "Nas Is Like"
  • "I'm like the farmer, planting words, people are seeds/ My truth is the soil, help you grow like trees/ May the children come in all colors, change like leaves/ Behold before you, one of those prophetic MC's."
    • "Ghetto Prisoners"
  • "U wet who I want wetted/I wet who u want wetted/any nigga can get it(a favour for a favour)
  • Had 8 partners growin' up/ 8 turned to 7/ 7 turned to 6 n!*@%^$/ got 2 in heaven/ 6 of us, holdin it, now it's 5 rollin' thick/the 6th one's parole flipped, 5 n***az went to 4 quick/ when he went O.T, college life, converted into gangbangin/ 4 n***az still hangin/ years passin, slang changin/ 3 of us now, 4th n***a ain't around/ we all thought he was real, he did that snake shit, fake shit/ beat his ass down/ yo his mouth could've got us all wasted/ what a fuckin clown/ all I got left in the end is two of my best friends/ and we all goin' out 'till the death of these ends
    • "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II"
  • (speking) "You hear about, you see about it/ it's in your papers/ it's in your daily news/ (get money!) / New York chronicles, every day/ the crime rate, the murder rate/ the money rate, the paper chase, youknowwhatImean?/ New York State of mind, baby, check it out.
    • "N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II"

Stillmatic (2001)[edit]

  • "Aiyyo, the brother's "Stillmatic"/I crawled up out of that grave, wipin the dirt, cleanin my shirt

They thought I'd make another "Illmatic"/But it's always forward I'm movin/Never backwards stupid here's another classic"

    • "Stillmatic (The Intro)"
  • "It's suicidal, high smokin' so much la', I saw a dead bird flyin through a broken sky"
    • "You're Da Man"

The Lost Tapes (2002)[edit]

  • "No idea is original, there's nothing new under the sun, it's never what you do, but how it's done"
    • "No Idea's Original"
  • "The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does / Even if you murdered or robbed, yeah it's wrong, but God loves / Take one step toward him, he takes two toward you / Even when all else fail, God support you."
    • "Doo Rags"
  • "The reason that I want to be alone / Tired of all the things that went wrong / That would have went right if I would have did it on my own"
    • "Drunk By Myself"

God's Son (2002)[edit]

  • "I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings"
    • "Thugz Mansion (N.Y.)"
  • Don't say the car is topless, say the titties are out
    • "Made You Look"
  • You a slave to a page in my rhyme book
    • "Made You Look"
  • How can I trust you when I can't trust me
    • "Book of Rhymes"
  • I get upset 'cause I just want to be treated the way you are/

Like a star not a worry in this world thus far/ But wait a minute we both need ya mother's attention/ I must be crazy jealous of my own baby infant*

    • "Book of Rhymes"

Street's Disciple (2004)[edit]

  • "And they're aware of us though/ And we don't give a flyin' 747 fuck though/ Stayin' on my hus-tle"
    • "A Message To The Feds, Sincerely, We The People"

Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)[edit]

  • "When I was nine, coldest winter i remember / we're slipping in december, two feet of snow / Yeah thats the east coast, that black ice - symbolize the rap life"
    • "Hope"
  • "Some things are forever, some things are not / It's the things we remember that gave the world shock"
    • "Can't Forget About You"
  • "Now all these new cats with they hats flipped backwards/fingers intertwined in sum gang sign madness/i got an exam lets if you pass it/Now who can quote a Daddy Kane line the fastest?/
    • "Carry on Tradition"

Untitled (2008)[edit]

  • "Slave food turned to soul food, collards to neck bones"
    • "You can't stop us now"
  • "if you squash me, learn to live with me"
    • "Project Roach"
  • "People afraid of criticism but I always put myself in a sacrificial position,they been know I ain't just rappin for fame"
    • "N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave And The Master)"
  • "As James Baldwin says, "You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world considers a nigger"
    • "You Can't Stop Us Now"
  • "The hypocrisy is all I can see, White cop acquitted for murder, Black cop cop a plea, That type of shit make me stop and think"
    • "America"
  • "We in chronic need of a second look of the law books, And the whole race dichotomy"
    • "America"
  • "Who give you the latest dances, trends, and fashion, But when it comes to residuals, they look past us"
    • "America"

"Too many rappers, athletes and actors/ But not enough nigga's in NASA"

    • "America"

"Y'all don't treat women fair/ She read about herself in the bible/ Believing she the reason sin is here"

    • "America"

Distant Relatives (2010)[edit]

  • "What really did I escape from, thought I saw Gods face on the design in my vintage Claiborne"
    • "In His Own Words"

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