Riff: Nas – “Simple Things”

Jun 21, 2018

I’m lookin’ in Longevity’s eyes/I play with Infinity’s mind, Forever’s my guy/My pedigree above your ass, you’ll never see I/I love the past, but see, where I’m goin’ I get to fly

from Simple Things lyrics by Nas

Nas’ ability to capture the small moments is what’s separated him from his contemporaries. He can pull inspiration from anywhere because he always has his radar up. It’s a skill that informs his writing and he’s looking to keep those legs fresh. By appreciating the small moments he’s able to slow down and absorb the environment around him, a zen state of mind that has defined his career.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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