I’m a Queens nigga till the day I die… Doesn’t matter where I live. My heart is always going to be In Queens.
We created a movement that birthed some of the greatest Hip Hop artists ever and I was there for it. Thinking back to what shaped my young mind in the 90’s and what I like today is almost a 180 degree difference in style, but the music that made me who I am today still rings clear in my head.
Only because he’s an idiot and made me lose a little bit of faith in Hip Hop with his double talk and stupid moves, but I can forgive and forget. After all, we’re from the same borough (QUEENS) and that’s LOVE…
One of the first Hip Hop songs I embraced and carried with me was his “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” and after Illmatic dropped Nas hit em with “One On One” (Street Fighter Soundtrack). Not many people know about this one because the soundtrack and movie flopped and “One On One” was never released as a proper single. All I can say about this song is that it gave me chills when I heard it because what he was spitting was so real and it’s undeniable to look past how real it was/is to this day. I can remember how sweet the piano loop on the track was and how hard the drums hit… The way he had those Mobb Deep niggas on the bridge talking that QB slang… How he just killed me with those words…
If you think about the realities we each face it really makes us no different as HUMANS. The homeless woman on the street that can’t afford lunch… The businessman who has an alcohol addiction… The young woman whose family is forcing her to take her life in a direction she hasn’t chosen for herself… All harsh realities so many of us pretend to be oblivious of and choose not to face. Cause see when you come from the worst part of town, you’re forced to embraced the harsh realities, but when you’re not from there, the harsh relates that those that are better off face are hidden under layers of lies and self loathing just to save face and that shit is hard to handle and a bitter pill to swallow in the long run.
Words to live by because isn’t it true? Our society and way of life is centered around violence. We’ve become so accustom to it that we now pretty much embrace it and don’t look away at the sight of blood and death… We’re desensitized to it now, so why not become it?
“Too wild for my own self, hopin help is near/ Street Fightin’ was cool but in school I brought a new tool/ Toolin with the devil, a rebel, a fool…” -Nas
Some of us get caught up in the shit that the world pushes on us to the point where one gives into the pressures that make us trade in our fists for a pistol… It’s what kids in the suburbs go through now and isn’t just isolated to the “ghetto” anymore. The world is truly a fucked up place if you think about it… There’s little the President’s annual State of the Union Addresses can do to protect yourself from shit, so tool up.
There’s so much more in this song that makes sense, but you can listen for yourself and make up your on mind on it. So basically from this I just see things for what they truly are and can’t front and say that one day I do want to make a difference. Shit… I do believe I can make a difference in the world if I apply myself, but everyone (including myself) is scared to face a challenge 1 on 1 nowadays. I think that’s what Nas was getting at with this jawn… That people are just scared to stand up as individuals and fight for what’s real anymore…
I ask myself if I’m ready for it and to be honest… I don’t know.
– H Diddy Blogger… Out
“Just a one on one where we got to fight, yeah/ Imagine this no gun no knife/ Just a one on one, a one on one…”
Listen/Download: ===> Nas – One On One