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6. Nas "The Message" (1996)

6. Nas "The Message" (1996)

Album: It Was Written
Verse: Verse 1
Best Line: "There's one life, one love, so there can only be one king."

The first real song on the follow-up to Illmatic shows that Nas isn't about that sophomore slump life. He comes spitting fire and coming for the crown: Nas has admitted that the "There's one life, one love so there can only be one King" line is straight for Biggie, who at the time was the biggest thing in NY rap. The verse surrounding that diss makes it clear that he has grounds for dispute, as even on his more commercial second album, he's still a lyricist like no other. If you take a shot at the King, you best not miss. Nas didn't.

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