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16. Nas "Represent" (1994)

16. Nas "Represent" (1994)

Album: Illmatic
Verse: Verse 2
Best Line: "The type of nigga who be pissing in your elevator."

Even in '94 when Illmaticfirst dropped and was hailed as a classic people were already saying the hook to "Represent" was a bit corny and outdated. But no one was fronting on these verses. On the second verse, Nas-the self-proclaimed "Moet drinking, marijuana smoking street dweller"-basically puts on for himself, describing a day in the life in the QB projects.

Our favorite line might have been the elevator one, but the most famous is probably, "Somehow the rap game reminds me of the crack game." The line was later sampled by Jay-Z on "Rap Game/Crack Game" and was essentially the entire concept of that song. It just went to show that despite Jay's later retort of "You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song" on "Takeover" (which is also a reference to another Jay-Z song that samples Nas, "Dead Presidents") Jigga was so enamored with Nas' rhymes he was willing to flesh out ideas casually thrown out by Nas. Even lines from songs that were perceived as one of Illmatic's "weaker" cuts.

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