Album: I Am...
Verse: Verse 1
Best Line: "All I got left in the end is two of my best friends / And we all goin out, to the death for these ends."
Nas went back to the same conceptual ground for "New York State of Mind Pt. 2." This time, he was much more descriptive; whereas the original version was full of action, the sequel was heavy on the details, the "overcrowded cribs, uncles home from bids," and "piss-infested" beds. The verse ends as he watches his crew disintegrates; two die, then the numbers continue to dwindle. By the time they're down to four, one of his friends flips on the crew; they beat him, leaving three left, "going to the death for these ends."