Album: It Was Written
Verse: Verse 3
Best Line: "I thought Jordans and a gold chain was living it up."
The first two verses of "Street Dreams" deal mostly with Nas's attempts to live the lavish life with means provided by the drug game. But: By the time the third verse rolls around, his words are draped in nostalgia, something Nas has always been adept at coloring with. Many of us long for the innocence of childhood, but Nas spent his younger days admiring gold rope-rocking dealers and looking down on addicts. His descriptions of the projects make it clear why he (and plenty others) see the drug game as a viable way to make it out of the poverty: Because dealers were the only ones who were able to acquire a modicum of wealth. The bittersweet finish, here, we all know too well: Nas didn't make his career flipping coke; he made it out, and caked up flipping rhymes, instead.