Nas - The Message Lyrics

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Fake thug, no love, you get the slug, CB4 Gusto
Your luck low, I didn't know til I was drunk though
You freak n****z played out, get f***ed and ate out
Prostitute turned b****, I got the gauge out

96 ways I made out, Montana way
The Good-F-E-L-L-A, verbal AK spray
Dipped attache, jumped out the Range, empty out the ashtray
A gla** of 'ze make a man Ca**ius Clay

Red dot plots, murder schemes, thirty-two shotguns
Regulate wit my Dunn's, 17 rocks gleam from one ring
Yo let me let why'all n****z know one thing
There's one life, one love, so there can only be one King

The highlights of livin, Vegas style roll dice in linen
Antera spinnin on Milleniums, twenty G bets I'm winnin them
Threats I'm sendin them, Lex with TV sets the minimum
Ill sex adrenaline

Party with villians, a case of Demi-Sec to chase the Henny
Wet any clique, with the semi-tech who want it
Diamonds I flaunt it, chickenheads flock I lace em
Fried broiled with basil, taste em, crack the legs

way out of formation, it's horizontal how I have em
f***in me in the Benz wagon
Can it be Vanity from Last Dragon
Grab your gun it's on though

S*** is grimy, real n****z buck in broad daylight
with the broke Mac it won't spray right
Don't give a f*** who they hit, as long as the drama's lit
Yo, overnight thugs, bug cause they ain't promised s***
Hungry-a** hooligans stay on that piranha s***

[Chorus: x 4]
"I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death" -> Nas
"I ain't the type of brother made for you to start testin" -> Nas

I peeped you frontin, I was in the Jeep
Sunk in the seat, tinted with heat, beats bumpin
Across the streat you was wildin
Talkin bout how you ran the Island in eighty-nine

Layin up, playin the yard with crazy shine
I c***ed a baby 9 that n**** grave be mine, clanked him
What was he thinkin on my corner when it's pay me time
Dug em you owe me cousin somethin told me plug him

So dumb, felt my leg burn, then it got numb
Spun around and shot one, heard shots and dropped son
Caught a hot one, somebody take this biscuit 'fore the cops come
Then they came askin me my name, what the f***

I got stitched up and went through
Left the hospital that same night, what
Got my gat back, time to backtrack
I had to drop so how the f*** I get clapped

Black was in the Jeep watchin all these scenes speed by
It was a brown Datsun, and yo nobody in my hood got one
That clown n****'s through, blazin at his crew daily
The 'Bridge touched me up severely hear me?

So when I rhyme it's sincerely yours
Be lightin L's sippin Coors, on all floors in project halls
Contemplatin war n****z I was cool with before
We used to score together, Uptown coppin the raw

But uhh, a thug changes, and love changes
and best friends become strangers, word up

[Chorus: x 4]

"why'all know my steelo" -> Nas
"There ain't an army that could strike back" -> Nas

Thug n****z
Yo, to them thug n****z gettin it on in the world you know?
To them n****z that's locked down
doin they thing survivin yaknowmsayin?

To my thorough n****z, New York and world wide
Yo to the Queensbridge Militia
9-6 s***.. The Firm clique, Illmatic n****
It Was Written though

It's been a long time comin
why'all fake n****z, tryin to copy
better come with the real though
Fake a** n****z yo..

(They throw us slugs we throwin em back, what?)
Bring the s*** man, live man
(F*** that son)
Nine-six s***..

Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 Album Intro
  • 2 The Message
  • 3 Street Dreams
  • 4 I Gave You Power
  • 5 Watch Dem Niggas
  • 6 Take It in Blood
  • 7 Nas Is Coming
  • 8 Affirmative Action
  • 9 The Set Up
  • 10 Black Girl Lost
  • 11 Suspect
  • 12 Shootouts
  • 13 Live Nigga Rap
  • 14 If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)
  • 15 Silent Murder