For this assignment, I decided to use lyrics from “Nas is Like” by Nas. Nas began his music career in 1991 and has been extremely influential in the rap culture and entertainment industry since he dropped his début album illmatic in 1994. He is a phenomenal storyteller, with the ability to play with words and flow effortlessly. I chose “Nas is Like“, verse 2 because of the passion and promise throughout the verse. I’m fascinated by his skill of compounding complete stories in under 4 minutes.
“Nas is like…” Earth, Wind & Fire, rims and tires
Bulletproof glass, inside is the realest driver
Planets in orbit, line ’em up with the stars
Tarot cards, you can see the pharaoh Nas
“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 long way from blastin’ TEC’s on blocks
Went from Seiko to Rolex, owning acres
From the projects with no chips, to large cake dough
Dimes giving fellatio, siete zeros
Bet my 9 spit for the pesos, but what’s it all worth?
Can’t take it with you under this earth
Rich men died and tried, but none of it worked
They just rob your grave, I’d rather be alive and paid
Before my number’s called, history’s made
Some’ll fall, but I rise, thug or die
Making choices that determine my future under the sky
To rob, steal or kill, I’m wondering why
It’s a dirty game, is any man worthy of fame?
Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite
Sooner or later we’ll all see who the prophet is
The Dadaist Poem generator rendered a nonsensical paragraph but if you read the lyrics line by line, as its own entity, it makes some sense.
[Verse 2 starts @ 1:30]