best nas verse on illmatic

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
ny state of mind v1 ('rappers i monkey flip em') 6
life's a bitch v2 ('i woke up early on my born day i'm 20 its a blessing') 4
it ain't hard to tell v1 ('i exhale the yellow smoke of buddha through righteous steps') 3
the world is yours v1 ('i sip the dom p, watchin gandhi til i'm charged') 3
memory lane v1 ('i rap for listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies, and prisoners') 2
one time 4 your mind v1 ('when I was ten I was a hip-hoppin shorty wop known for rocking microphones and twisting off a 1
one love v1 ('what up, kid? i know shit is rough doing your bid') 1
memory lane v2 ('one for the money, two for pussy and foreign cars') 1
it ain't hard to tell v3 ('this rhythmatic explosion is what your frame of mind has chosen') 1
the world is yours v2 ('we box up crazy bitches aiming guns in all my baby pictures') 1
it ain't hard to tell v2 ('the buddha monk's in your trunk, turn the bass up') 0
ny state of mind v2 ('be havin dreams that i'm a gangsta, drinkin moets holdin tecs') 0
represent v3 ('i used to wake up every morning see my crew on the block every day's a different plan that had us runnin 0
represent v2 ('they call me nas, i'm not your legal type of fella moët drinking, marijuana smoking street dweller') 0
represent v1 ('any day could be your last in the jungle get murdered on a humble, guns'll blast, ****** tumble') 0
one time 4 your mind v2 ('i hold a mac-11 and attack a reverend') 0
one love v3 ('sometimes i sit back with a buddha sack mind's in another world, thinking how can we exist through the fa 0
one love v2 ('dear born, you'll be out soon, stay strong out in New York the same shit is going on') 0
the world is yours v3 ('im the young city bandit, hold myself down single-handed') 0
halftime v1 ('before a blunt i take out my fronts then i start to front, matter of fact i be on a manhunt') 0
halftime v2 ('it's like that, you know it's like that i got it hemmed, now you never get the mic back') 0
halftime v3 ('i got it goin on even flip a morning song every afternoon, i kick half the tune') 0


flopson, Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:43 (four months ago) link

versatile, my style switches like a faggot

space invaders are smokin penises!!!! (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:45 (four months ago) link

Maybe, boringly, NYSoM 1

Oy McVey (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:46 (four months ago) link

Yeah, it's hard to pick anything over that.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:07 (four months ago) link

It's the right answer, but I'm still finding this hard.

pomenitul, Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:07 (four months ago) link

I rap for listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies, and prisoners

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:11 (four months ago) link

Soft spot for verse one of The World Is Yours

old cloud yells at man (voodoo chili), Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:42 (four months ago) link

my second choice

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:42 (four months ago) link

Or verse two

old cloud yells at man (voodoo chili), Thursday, 20 June 2019 13:43 (four months ago) link

this herb votes for "the world is yours"

brimstead, Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:38 (four months ago) link

v1

brimstead, Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:38 (four months ago) link

nysom v2 > v1 imo. v1 starts off explosively and is like this vivid description of an action sequence in a crime flick, but v2 has so much more fun in language, so many single lines/images that get stuck in my head 'thinking of cash flow, buddha and shelter' or 'i'm living where the nights is jet-black' and 'life is parallel to hell but i must maintain' ' and 'full of black rats trapped plus the Island is packed'

flopson, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:45 (four months ago) link

It's the explosiveness tho like you say, the absolute breathless rush of it straight out of the gate. And "it was filled with children prob'ly couldn't see as high as I be" is probly my favourite sounding line on the album

Altho it's all favourites really so shrug

Rory end to the lowenbrow (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:25 (four months ago) link

Amazing to me that this album is less than 40 minutes.

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:39 (four months ago) link

Definitely part of its power, just banger after banger, no skits, no rambling

Rory end to the lowenbrow (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 20 June 2019 22:55 (four months ago) link

Memory Lane v2 for me

paolo, Friday, 21 June 2019 08:01 (four months ago) link

You could make a case for Nas not having the best verse on Illmatic...

paolo, Friday, 21 June 2019 08:01 (four months ago) link

i love that verse but even the nas verse on ‘life’s a bitch’ destroys it

removed the az verse to spare us potentially embarrassing results

flopson, Friday, 21 June 2019 18:06 (four months ago) link

oh my god this poll

k3vin k., Friday, 21 June 2019 19:48 (four months ago) link

this is impossible

I know all these verses by heart but I will need a rescreen soon

k3vin k., Friday, 21 June 2019 19:50 (four months ago) link

going for "i sip the dom p..."

always loved this line:

Understandable smooth shit that murderers move with

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Friday, 21 June 2019 19:52 (four months ago) link

listened to this for the first time in years the other day and damn

ciderpress, Friday, 21 June 2019 19:58 (four months ago) link

memory lane v1 i think

ciderpress, Friday, 21 June 2019 20:15 (four months ago) link

feel like it would be insane to say that AZ has the best verse on illmatic but I always felt he did

flappy bird, Friday, 28 June 2019 05:10 (four months ago) link

voted one love v1

flappy bird, Friday, 28 June 2019 18:59 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 30 June 2019 00:01 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 1 July 2019 00:01 (four months ago) link

No wrong answer to this poll, but also the correct verse won

One Eye Open, Monday, 1 July 2019 13:53 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

one love v3 deserved some votes

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 7 November 2019 20:46 (five days ago) link


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