One of the standouts of the album is “Queensbridge Politics,” which features production from Pete Rock. On the song, Nas gets introspective about Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, who died in 2017. At the time of P’s death, two artists, Jeff Henriquez and Eli Lazare, painted a mural to honor the rapper. The mural kept on getting defaced.
On the track Nas raps:
Why Prodigy mural get vandalized? Why Prodigy?
The project politics obviously
Demagogue democracy, in the fog I see the mob represented into the light
N.O.R.E said something similar while speaking about it in an interview in 2017. also adding that Prodigy’s book, My Infamous Life, “hurt a lot of people.”
Rapping about the book on “Queensbridge Politics,” Nas says:
I wish the ‘book never came out
And everything got straightened out
Before you left, I saw you, it was all love
Except we needed to build more and get things correct
He also raps, at another point in the song, “On behalf of me and Queens and all of the Gs Bandana P will always stand as tall as the trees.”
Nas’ The Lost Tapes 2 is on pace to sell 17 to 20K copies in its first week. Listen to “Queensbridge Politics” below.
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