Produced By: DJ Premier
Album: It Was Written
Nas is known for some of the most innovative ideas in hip-hop, and "I Gave You Power" was an early example that Nas was an MC who not only had something to say, but found intriguing ways to get his message across. Although the compelling song, in which Nas takes the cold POV of a gun, was preceded by a few years by Organized Konfusion's "Stray Bullet" (which is rhymed from the perspective of, you guessed it, a bullet), Nas' take is no less effective.
"My body is cold steel for real/I was made to kill, that's why they keep me concealed... They feed me when they load me with mad slugs... When I'm empty, I'm quiet, findin' myself fiendin' to be fired... Pull my skin back and cock me, I bust off when they unlock me/Results of what happens to niggas shock me." The song builds to the moment when the gun purposefully jams itself ("He squeezed harder, I didn't budge/Sick of the blood/Sick of the thugs, sick of wrath of the next man's grudge") only to see the vicious cycle continue. Damn.