NY state of mind

I’m not really a music guy. Never had a cd player, iPod or radio growing up, so when I finally did get one I had no idea what to listen to or anything like that. Never had the ear for it and I couldn’t tell you anything about how an instrument sounds like or what an artist is executing. But what I can analyze are¬†words, and no words ever hit me as strong as the first time when I heard Nas’ Illmatic.

Rappers, I monkey flip ’em with the funky rhythm I be kickin’
Musician, inflictin’ composition of pain
I’m like Scarface sniffin’ cocaine
Holding an M16, see with the pen I’m extreme,
now
Bullet holes left in my peepholes

The perfect turn of phrase is rare and the construction of the wordplay is something I always think about when I want to hit the perfect line.

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