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#45. Nas "No Idea's Original" (2002)

#45. Nas "No Idea's Original" (2002)

Produced By: The Alchemist
Album: The Lost Tapes
Label: Ill Will/Columbia
"No idea's original/There's nothin' new under the sun/It's never what you do, but how it's done." So goes the chorus to the song that samples Barry White's immortal "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More Babe," which has been jacked by everyone from the Beastie Boys to Ghostface Killah.

But what Nas is getting at is we all have more in common than we do different: "We coincide, we in the same life, maybe a time difference/On a different coast, but we share the same sunlight/Your part of the world might be like colors or gangs/While on my side brothers'll murder for different things/But it all revolve around drugs, fame and shorties/Stuck for your bling, stripped for your chain, the same story." People may be people, but when it comes to MCing, Nas wants his rivals to know they're not on his level. "It's not a facade it's a fact, these rappers wanna be Nas," he says. "My exodus doesn't exist, I'll never leave the streets."

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