Multi-platinum rapper Nas has a reputation as one of the greatest of all time. Nas joins host Elisa New, music executive Steve Stoute, scholar Salamishah Tillet, and several fans to explore his iconic 1994 track.
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Rappers, I monkey flip ’em, with the funky rhythm I be kickin’
Musician, inflictin’ composition of pain
I’m like Scarface sniffin’ cocaine
Holdin’ an M16, see with the pen I’m extreme
Now, bullet holes left in my peepholes
“N.Y. STATE OF MIND”
Words and Music by Nasir Jones, Eric Barrier, William Griffin, and Christopher Edward
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Hip hop artist Nas sits down with Elisa New to discuss long form lyric poetry-- including his own work
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