Back When
by Nas

Album: Life Is Good (2012)
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  • The ill reminisce and think about the fly days
    Nothing like them 80s summer N.Y. days
    Hop on the NB5 days
    Mopeds, Pro Keds, city split five ways
    How it all started, fifth floor apartment
    A jigsaw puzzle aerial view of the projects
    A kid saw struggle, buried a few of his partners
    Now chill in resorts, enjoying massages
    Check out the oracle bred from city housing
    Nas, I'll rise the deads by thousands
    I remember seeing Shan chilling near his Audi
    Hollis Ave. running them, but I probably
    Put a poster up of Shan and Marley, that was art, kid
    You love to hear the story how it started
    The bubbly I'm pouring wasn't popped yet
    Before there was a audience to watch us
    I assure you, there was a process

    "You love to hear the story, how it all got started"
    How it all got started, yeah
    "You love to hear the story, how it all got started"
    How it, how it all got started
    "You love to hear the story how it all got started"
    Hear the story, how it all started off
    Started off, started off, started off
    How it all got started
    "Back when, back when, back when, back when
    Back when, back when, back when, back when"

    To call them fake today is hate, real niggas extinct
    Pac left me inside a rap world with niggas that's weak
    And other rappers, undercover niggas spit every way
    Won't be surprised if all their rides have federal plates
    Let alone their wardrobes are Studio 4 flow
    It was real when I appeared, it would've been some jaws broke
    Nas, my real name, stage name, same thing
    How could you let these claim king? I'm so ashamed, man
    I light a L for Vernon, for niggas who would burn in Hell
    For Vernon, 10th Street, 12th Street, Nightmare on Elm Street
    Pimps creep, delve deep inside the editorials
    Of the ghetto queens, kings, stories true
    Who possesses the testicular fortitude
    To blow away myths that's a hindrance to all of you?
    You blame your own shortcomings on section, race
    The mafia, homosexuals and all the Jews
    It's hogwash point of views, stereotypical
    Anti-Semitic like the foul words Gibson spewed
    And it's pathetic, I don't get the credit I deserve
    That's why I hate doing interviews
    But I don't sweat it, study long, study raw
    My man Deon said "Nas over-think the songs he writing"
    I'm not a wack performer standing behind a corny hype man
    I got the Donism, I'm here to enlighten

    "You love to hear the story, how it all got started"
    How it all got started, yeah
    "You love to hear the story, how it all got started"
    How it, how all got started
    "You love to hear the story how it all got started"
    Hear the story, how it all started off
    Started off, started off, started off
    How it all got started
    "Back when, back when, back when, back when
    Back when, back when, back when, back when" Writer/s: BARRY FORGIE, ERNEST DION WILSON, MARLON LU'REE WILLIAMS, NASIR JONES, SHAWN LEIGH MOLTKE
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

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