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N.Y. State Of Mind (Part 2) Lyrics

Artist: Nas
Album: I Am

[Nas]
Uhh
Yo, yo-yo, y'all
Whattup? Whattup
It's time man (Word, it's time?)
Straight up, it's time man
Aight, set that shit off
(Set it off then nigga, set it off)

Broken glass in the hallway, bloodstained floors
Neighbors, look at every bag you bring through your doors
Lock the top lock, momma shoulda cuffed me to the radiator
Why not? It might've saved later from my block
N.Y. cops, hookers crawlin off the stroll, coughin
stitches in they head, stinkin and I dread thinkin they be snitchin
But who else, could it be, shook at these, unmarked vans
Parked in the dark -- NARC's, where's your heart?
Hustlers starve; they bust a U-e I jog
to my building -- come out later wearin camouflage
See the sergeant and the captain -- strangle men
Niggaz gaspin for air; til they move no more and just stare
with dead eyes -- tired of riots, shit is quiet
Simple-minded fools infiltrate grimy crews
Overcrowded cribs, uncles home from bids, sister's pregnant
father's on drugs, moms is smokin, beds is piss-infested
Had eight partners growin up, eight turned to seven
Seven turned to six niggaz, got two in heaven
Six of us, holdin it, now it's five rollin thick
The sixth one's parole flipped; five niggaz, went to fo' quick
when he went O.T., college life, converted into gangbangin
Four niggaz still hangin, years passed and slang changin
Three of us now, fourth nigga ain't around
We all thought he was real -- he did the snake shit
Fake shit -- beat his ass down, yo his mouth
could've got us all wasted, what a fuckin clown
All I got left in the end is two of my best friends
And we all goin out, to the death for these ends, WHAT?

New York, New York ("New York state of mind" -> Rakim)
New York, New York ("New York state of mind" -> Rakim)
*repeat while Nas is talking*

You heard about it, you see about it
You read about it, it's in your papers
It's in your daily news ("Get money!")
New York chronicles, every day
The crime rate, the murder rate
The money rate, the paper chase, youknowhatImean?
New York state of mind baby, check it out

[Nas]
I'm at the, gamblin spot, my hands on a knot
New York Yankee cap cover my eyes, stand in one spot
I take a nigga dough, send him home, to a shoebox
You lost that nigga I put your dollar in the jukebox
Hear my favorite song, all these niggaz sing along
All the ciggarette smoke's cloggin my lungs, hoodrats flashin they tongue
Young thugs blastin they gun, we got reputations
Bitches and niggaz both on parole or probation
Shit is sick, niggaz got gats, army fatigues
I got my eyes glued on, whoever walk in the lead
Cause I ain't playin, niggaz'll run up in here and shoot up this shit
Stick yo' ass up, niggaz'll find the loot in your kicks
Bunch of triple-cross niggaz, just New York niggaz
Lift you off your feet when they was just talkin with you
Some of these dudes the Feds be on em, you knew em for years
Be the type when you walk in a pub, they offer you beers
That ain't gangsta, niggaz is up North with tatted tears
Your name's on the affadavit, you ratted kid
Faggot-ass niggaz that be scared to do they bids
Fuck you, we run you out of N.Y, you can't live
Got your quiet niggaz, that relocated down South
comin back to floss, then you got the jealous loudmouths
All of a sudden we got Crips and Bloods, D.T.'s
runnin round quick to split your mug, it's ea-sy to score
but it's hard to get the shit off
Niggaz fightin over hundred sales, jump in the car and drive off
When the fiend come around the block, happy as hell
Niggaz, mad cause they ain't get a piece of that sale
Cutthroat connivers, universal, ghetto survivors
Go to any hood that's live and make it liver
A lot of niggaz scheamin, some real, some niggaz frontin
But I'm a big dreamer, so watch me come up with somethin

New York, New York
New York, New York
Comments/Interpretations
by MTL on 1/29/2009 6:06pm
fire
by Big Law on 4/6/2009 11:26pm
Yo, This is the illest and most prolific project verse written by a current rapper. When we mention timeless music this song should be in the top three easily, but the fake people will definatley pick some other more popular clown music. I donr care if you a white corporate executive or a prisoner in west africa, there is something to be fealt in this song. Principle speaks volumes people!
by kawiks on 6/3/2009 2:03am
you said it Big Law

"Principle speaks volumes people"
by dogg on 7/16/2009 9:47am
nice song damn!!
by esco on 12/6/2009 5:54pm
yo dis shit sic az fuck niggaz
nas iz da rillest motha fucka on tha fuckin earth
by 1 on 1/12/2010 5:35am
Yeah its a great song definate classic IMO. Not dissapointing at all on ny state of mind follow up. However I would agree that the message he trying to get across is better in this song, both great songs.
by indomitable on 9/15/2010 2:34am
reeal classic shit here
by SPIDER42o on 11/19/2010 5:19pm
NAs Tupac Biggie Big L
FOREVER UNTOUCHED
by my brains on fire on 12/20/2010 9:33am
best emcee alive! touches every hood - grew up to this shit. thank you nas.
by Nasnasnasnas on 3/16/2011 8:40pm
For some reason i cant stop listening to this somg for the past 3 years everyday...probly cuz nas is the most intelligent rapper that walked the earth a role model for all us smart potheads..fuck the rest
by baker boy on 7/26/2011 4:23pm
Crazy one of da best nas song i got the instrumental to dis beat the song a classic
by freaky bastard on 6/15/2012 7:40am
illest song ryt ther classic typ ish
by BAHLE on 8/28/2012 12:32am
Im in SOUTH AFRICA state of mind right now this shit goes Deep


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