“What have we become/Rap stars from trap stars/Black Gods to Ansars to Sunnis, back to goonies” - Nas
Song: "Where's the Love" f/ Cocaine 80s
Noticing the hypocritical movements of hip-hop and its artists, Nas wonders if rap has lost its roots. Starting off as thugs and hustlers, rappers became CEOs and stars, garnering respect outside of the community for the first time and holding what Nas saw as more stable values. Nas is no saint, but watching the game he helped drive U-turn back toward a “goonie” stage makes him veer.