Illmatic

Nas
Represent
It's the junction of 40 Ave & Vernon Blvd in the Queensbridge Housing Projects in Queens, New York City
Bklyn718
N.Y. State of Mind
I believe Nas is actually saying "tougher than dykes" which can either mean dykes as in a levee, which is a protective barrier, or dykes as in butch, tough, lesbians.
wisdomtruth305
N.Y. State of Mind
Betting Grants means money and most likely a lot of it. See-Low is a dice game and he's playing with the champs or best ones because most likely they have the most money. So he's saying that he's good at See-low and so are the people he's playing with.
The Notorious D.I.P.
N.Y. State of Mind
He is implying that sleeping is not cool, as he always works when most are sleeping. Of course, this is an exxageration, because if he NEVER slept, he wouldn't live very long. So, in actuality, NOT sleeping is the CAUSE of death.
Mr5Star
Represent
UTFO was scorned by the woman in "Roxanne, Roxanne" This was based upon the song "Roxanne" by the Police which was based upon Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac. Two female rappers named Roxanne traded barbs over the claims in the song.
Obert
Represent
UTFO was scorned by the woman in "Roxanne, Roxanne" This was based upon the song "Roxanne" by the Police which was based upon Edmund Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac. Two female rappers named Shante traded barbs over the claims in the song.
Obert
The World is Yours
to "Sip the Dom P" means to drink the fine champagne dom perignon
j-hova
N.Y. State of Mind
He is sittin drunk up in the stairway off of some E&J Brandy (bent up meaning drunk, and E&J is brandy made by Ernest and Julio Gallo)
tigerlily722
N.Y. State of Mind
in this song nas chronicles life in the streets of new york. a basehead is a coke addict, and they are trying to make money to feed their addiction. nas is commenting on the abundance of cocaine addicts he sees in his day to day life in the city of ny.
playto
Life's a Bitch
The correct explantion is as such: 4-matic refers to either a .40 or .45 caliber semi-automatic gun, crack means in this case shoot and penetrate the... cabbage which refers to someones head
clevelanddean