Produced By: Salaam Remi
Album: God's Son
Label: Ill Will/Columbia

Nas is for the children. At least he is on the ebony-and-ivory-tickling "I Can," edutainment for the (Sesame) streets that, not surprisingly, gained wide appeal (use of Beethoven's "Für Elise" and the kiddie chant-a-long chorus probably helped) and is among the most successful of his singles. In the song, he addresses underprivileged youth with encouragement ("You can host the TV like Oprah Winfrey"), history lessons ("It was empires in Africa called Kush/Timbuktu where every race came to get books") and the dangers of growing up too fast ("As cute as can be up in the club with fake ID/Careful 'fore you meet a man with HIV"). "Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes/Read more, learn more, change the globe," he continues, pushing knowledge like a drug dealer pushing weight. (BTW, who knew that the "Impeach the President" drums could still sound so fresh in '02?)