Can go from gritty gangsta to poppy party tracks to vitriolic tirades against the American government and sound absolutely genuine while doing it.
The best lyricist in hip-hop at the moment.
-Vote for who now? You're red, white and blue? I'm American too, but I ain't with the president's crew!
-Many tried, many died, come at Nas if you want a war, get it bloody....I got mine, I hope you got yourself a gun.
-I'm the leader, thats it, nobody higher Nobody touchin my crown, nobody dyin Nobody smoother, harder, tougher, believe it I'm much smarter, much more strategic.
And by the way, anyone who says Jay ripped Nas is riding some dick or works for Hot 97, or A and B
Well life is hard, hug me, don't reject me
Or make records to disrespect me, blatent or indirectly
In '88 you was gettin chased through your buildin
Callin my crib and I ain't even give you my numbers
All I did was gave you a style for you to run with"
"I still whip your ass, you thirty-six in a karate class
You Tae-bo hoe, tryna' work it out, you tryna' get brolic?
Ask me if I'm tryna' kick knowledge
Nah, I'm tryna' kick the shit you need to learn though
That ether, that shit that make your soul burn slow
Is he Dame Diddy, Dame Daddy or Dame Dummy?
Oh, I get it, you Biggie and he's Puffy
Rockafeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter
And that's the guy y'all chose to name your company after?
Put it together, I rock hoes, y'all rock fellas"