We’re Bringing Lyrics Back: Nas’ “Can’t Forget About You

A classic Nas joint finds its way into this column.

There comes a day in your life when you wanna kick back
Straw hat on the porch when you old perhaps
Wanna gather your thoughts, have a cold one
Brag, to your grandkids about how life is golden
So I will light a cigar in the corridor of the crib
Pictures on the wall of all the things that I did
All the money and fame, 8 by 10’s
of the whole Rat Pack inside of a big frame
Collidin with big names that could’ve made your career stop
All that, and your man is still here and I’m still hot
Wow, I need a moment y’all
See I almost felt a tear drop

When was the last time you heard a real anthem
Nas, the millionaire, the mansion
When was the last time you heard your boy Nas rhyme
Never on schedule, but always on time

These streets hold my deepest days
This hood taught me golden ways
Made me, truly this is what made me
Break me, not a thing’s gonna break me [2x]

Ohh, I’m that history I’m that block
I’m that lifestyle I’m that spot
I’m that kid by the number spot
That’s my past that made me hot
Here’s my life long anthem
Can’t forget about you
(Can’t forget about, Can’t forget about you) [2x]

If I could, I would post the lyrics to this whole song. It’s very rare that we find Hip-Hop music that give you a sense of nostalgia and send your mind on a drift. Nas has made an reputation of doing that through is classic hits and album tracks. “Can’t forget about you” carries on over a Nat King Cole classic sample, with soul singer Chrisette Michele complementing with her trademark jazzy vocal arrangements. Nasir Jones paints a portrait of reminiscence and future aspirations for the common man and himself, which I feel alot of men today need to heed at some point of their lives. Great song to listen to if you don’t want to forget where you came from, and a song to vibe to if you are on your plan for the future tip. Check the video as well, visually appealing and a video style that contains substance rather than flash cars or big chains. Nat King Cole’s daughter Nathalie Cole makes a beautiful cameo performance at the end.

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