Origin: Nas "It Ain't Hard To Tell" (1994)
Context: "So analyze me, surprise me, but can't magmatize me"

Ah, the age-old problem of artist intent. It would take a philosopher to get to the bottom of this puzzle. What did Nas intend? Does it matter? Perhaps "magmatize" means to strike with hot magma and Nas easily evades magma. Or, perhaps more likely, it's a simple mispronunciation of "magnetize," a reference to Rakim's opening lines on "Eric B. for President." Rakim didn't let the mic magnetize him; Nas doesn't let anyone...magmatize him. Perhaps it's simply better to let the ambiguity of the term remain a mystery: an error in hip-hop errata or a piece of long-forgotten slang. The mystery is likely more entertaining than any real definition. -David Drake