Nas feat. John Legend, “Victory”

8 Feb

Off the DJ Khaled album of the same name, but considering he didn’t produce (The Inkredibles did) and barely speaks, he gets no credit. Plus, it’s better as a Nas song: Esco goes in.

Download it at Nah Right. (Also, it’s eh-so-TEAR-ic and pre-PAHS-ter-ous, not eh-so-TORE-ic and pre-PROS-per-ous. Smarten up, Nas.)


(DJ Khaled)
They doubted me all my life
Now it’s victory

(John Legend)
Whatever it is, I’ll pay the cost
I’m willing to risk it, I’ll take the loss
I’ll put it all on the line
In a hustler’s state of mind

I’m gonna make history
Just so we can claim victory (Victory)
Oh, victory (Victory)

Speedboats, three tokes and pass it
Grass lit, hittin’ slopes in Aspen
No coat, just an oath to stay thorough ’til we back to ashes
Driven in fly sedans to the MGM Grand
Picture lots of sand, two blondes, implants
Remy in hand, we tryna tan, deal my cards with an honest hand
A modest man, aware of any counter-scam
Palm trees, magnum Don Ps, LV monograms
Hottest girls flew from Rio
Mojitos, mucho frio, my libido
Sex so strong, without the E, though
Hollow threats, we don’t see those
Higher death toll whenever we roll
That process is pivotal
My pitiful poverty-struck criminals will get a Jew
Then we lounge in a Spanish-style house
‘Til it all blows over, Dolce Gabbana out
Contemplatin’, there is no bond with Satan
Say a little prayer for me like Aretha Franklin
For my hustlers, here’s some motivation
He who has begun is half done, why you waitin’?
I’m too impatient to pray, too much patience for stress
It’s too much paper to rest, fuck around, you face death
I know some niggas from Astoria
That’ll cut your daughter up
Like I used to cut a quarter up
Makin’ all the bucks, banana clips I bought in Georgia bucks
Kill all you fucks, easy
I be on the golf cart, sleepy
Y’all beneath me
Y’all be at the pawn shop, pawnin’ watches
Obnoxious, can’t stop us, we shottas
Say you killin’ Pablo? Impossible
Nonsense, preposterous, bizarre at best
Unfulfilled promises
I feel intelligence is my wealth
However, how enormous is Nas’ pockets is a pop quiz to gossipers
See me at the Oscars, lookin’ dreamy, hood opulent
Means esoteric, how I wore it
Exoticness makes you curious to see how serious my closet is
Shareholders wanna invest in that Nas stock, it’s just
We be on that real shit, luxury four-wheel shit
Niggas actin’ thirst on some just-got-a-deal shit
Ha, for that victory we will kill shit
Get out the way, playboy, this is real shit

Whatever it is, I’ll pay the cost
I’m willing to risk it, I’ll take the loss
I’ll put it all on the line
In a hustler’s state of mind

I’m gonna make history
Just so we can claim victory (Victory)
Oh, victory (Victory)

Just so we can claim victory
Oh, victory

Just so we can claim victory

3 Responses to “Nas feat. John Legend, “Victory””

  1. N$R February 13, 2010 at 7:59 PM #


  2. therealprof March 3, 2010 at 3:19 PM #

    I think the ‘pre-PROS-per-ous’ could possibly be a play on words, combining the like-sounding words (preposterous and prosperous) to send the message that he displays both of these qualities. As far as the ‘eh-so-TORE-ic’ is concerned, he may be doing the same thing, but with a lesser known word (or brand) as the mixing agent. Esotoric is a high-end audio/visual cable brand, and his mispronunciation could possibly be on purpose, in order to define the medium (audio and visual) in which he displays his esoteric trait. The last one was a possible reach of epic proportion, or maybe my unusual knowledge of AV components is rivaled by Nas, but I am pretty sure we will never know. Even if this all sounds like an elaborate excuse for mispronunciation of seldom-used words by a relatively uneducated (formally) artist, it makes sense to me.

    • Andy Hutchins March 4, 2010 at 1:58 AM #

      I feel you.

      I could see the first as a portmanteau, and have no real problem with that; if “preprosperous” takes off as shorthand for “preposterously prosperous,” well, we know where that came from.

      The second, well, it’s a reach. I could see him putting them together, but that’s a long night in the studio if he’s reading the labels on AV equipment, right?

      Thanks for checking out the blog.

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