Nas also said, “This is the rebirth. I know the streets thirst for water like Moses, walking through the hot desert, searching to be free. This is my ending and new beginning – nostalgia. Alpha and Omega places, it’s like a glitch in “The Matrix.”
“Let my words guide you, get inside you, from Crips to Pirus, this is survival.”
At the end of the song, Nas chants, “Blood of a Slave, Heart of a King.” When I heard this song for the first time, I felt like I could conquer anything.
I didn't completely understand what Nas was talking about when he said "Blood of a Slave, Heart of a King." It wasn't until I took Africana Studies classes at California State University, Long Beach when I finally understood what he was talking about.
Nas was talking about bridging the gap between African and African American history. For instance, "Blood of a Slave" means Africans who were forced to be taken from their homeland of Africa and forced into slavery in the United States of America.
"Heart of a King" means Africans who were royal ancient kings and queens in Africa before being forced into slavery in the United States.
Once I understood what Nas was talking about. The words "Blood of a Slave, Heart of a King" became more powerful to me because I come from African ancestors who were forced into slavery in the United States, and I come from ancient African royalty.
Stillmatic (The Intro) is the ultimate redemption song about accepting the things that happened in your past, but also moving forward and believing that better days are ahead in the future.
“One Mic” was another song that captured how I was feeling. At the time, my emotions were all over the place because I was going through something I had no control over.
During the song, Nas sounded like he was going crazy because he was changing his vocal tone from high to low throughout the song.
I remember I had the Stillmatic album on repeat while I was in the hospital doing my chemotherapy treatment regimen. Nas’ Stillmatic album is my favorite album of all time.