Song: "Verbal Intercourse" (1995)
Album: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...

At first it's just the sound of this opening that takes your breath away, the way the words roll out of Esco oh so effortlessly, into the mic, onto the track, into your ears: interlocking consonants, unfolding like verbal origami. On repeat listens, it unfolds in yet another dimension, as the portentous lyrics imply a profound mythology that's only hinted at through Nas' prophecies.