Open Thread: WTF @ Nas

by Latoya Peterson

Upon hearing Nas’ newest single on the radio yesterday, my boyfriend was compelled to call the station.

“How is it possible that you all are trying to play a song where you bleep out 75% of the lyrics?”

Good question.

I took a quick glance at the lyrics online, and thought to myself, damn – maybe the radio is doing us a service.

dnA sums up my feelings

How else to explain how Nas could go from this:

    This rhythmatic explosion, is what your frame of mind has chosen
    I’ll leave your brain stimulated, niggaz is frozen
    Speak with criminal slang, begin like a violin
    End like Leviathan, it’s deep well let me try again
    Wisdom be leakin out my grapefruit troop
    I dominate break loops, givin mics men-e-straul cycles
    Street’s disciple, I rock beats that’s mega trifle

To this:

    Not mad cause Eminem said Nigger
    Cause he’s my Nigger
    Wigger, Cracker friend
    We all black within
    We all African within
    Some Africans don’t like us no way
    A killing happened in Johannesburg yesterday.

The entry on Too Sense is called “He Must Be on the Pipe.”

Does anyone have any insight they’d like to share? Some unknown gem of knowledge, like Nas is trying to get out of his record deal by recording the most ridiculous/offensive lyrics possible? Someone please tell me there’s a reason behind this madness!

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