Complex: The 50 Best Nas Verses
He's a rapper with—and this is no slight—a pretty narrow range of subjects. The true variety and inspired storytelling he's managed to wring from such a thin band of topics (death, violence, success) is no small feat. He's adept at navigating the relationship between the concrete and the spiritual, the streets and psychology, the real and the mythological. It's to his credit that, even when telling a story, it has a gritty, hard-nosed realism that few peers can match.
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