Album: Stillmatic
Verse: Verse 1
Best Line: "My first album had no famous guest appearances/The outcome, I'm crowned the best lyricist."
After Jay-Z sent shots at Nas on "The Takeover," it became evident that Stillmatic was going to be a proving ground for the latter rapper; Nastradamus has the worst reputation, at this point, of any of his records, and many hip-hop fans felt he'd fallen off. "Got Ur Self..." was Stillmatic's second single, and was widely considered a return to form. The opening lines assert the rapper's place in history, placing him in the hallowed lineage of Pac and Biggie. Steeped in violence, the song was an opening volley in what would become the rapper's comeback.