[Intro] Yeah.. I want all my niggas to come journey with me My name is Nas, and the year is 1973 Beginning of me, therefore I could see Through my belly button window, who I am..
[Verse 1] I existed in a womb, just like an abyss Came from behind the sun, my hands balled in a fist Punching on my moms stomach, kicking on her cervix Twitching cause I'm nervous, thought my intended purpose Was to be born to reign, not in scorn or vain But to take on a name, that my pops chose for me Bloodstream full of indo, developing eyes Nine month process, infant size A prophet in his early stage, his mother in the early 30s Was married to pops wishin what she carried would drop I'm not worthy to come from a women so pure, Ann Jones Flesh of her flesh, blood of her blood, her blood and bones Hearin prayers, she axin for my good health That I become a man and learn to make a way for myself Nervous she was, and her paranoia got in my blood Mixed with marijuana from my daddy's genes Lotta screams I'm hearin, it's crazy Both parents is scrappin, I'm not even a baby A miscarriage can happen
"I shot my way out my mom dukes" x4 (*scratched*)
[Verse 2] Yo They must wanna keep me, cause 4 months pass, I'm still alive Guess I got what they call a Ill Will to survive When I look hard the lights is killin my eyes I know when moms is layin down, I get bored, start to get live Move side to side, hear loud music and vibe All black babies are born with rhythm, that's no lie Solar energize, mineralize food flowin through my mothers tube I'm covered in this thick layer of goo Month two was the least most comfortable My umbilical cord choking me But month 3 was closer, see Thats when pops took moms to see the doc at the clinic But I was saved, he changed his mind in the last minute Watchin 'em yell, heard my moms voice well Feared fist fights, so terrified when we fell While they broke up furniture and smashed plates on the wall I wondered if I am born, will I be safe at all This place they call the world though my view was so large Couldn't wait to get out, and grow up and take charge Month 5, Month 6 went by, hopin I'm born in July But the Lord already figured out a date and time Septemeber 14th, '73 Get ready world, doctors in the front waitin for me Arms open cause they know when I drop, alot of shit's gon' stop See how the goverment will start re-training cops Month 9, I'm a week over due, the labor induced Pops told my moms "Push and take deep breaths too Stay calm", holdin her arm, I'm trying to hold on Surgical gloves touching my scalp, my head pops out Everything is blurry, my first breath screams out Tears pouring down my pops face he's so proud Wantin to hold me, but I was so bloody They washed me off and he said "At least that nigga aint ugly!" Placed me in his arms snuggly, laid me on my mother Finally, I got to see who held me in her body She love me, and yo I plan to overthrow the devil Y'all about to see this world in trouble Motherfuckers..