"It Ain't Hard To Tell" as written by and William Paul/jones Mitchell....
It ain't hard to tell, I excel, then prevail
The mic is contacted, I attract clientele
My mic check is life or death, breathing a sniper's death
I exhale the yellow smoke of buddha through righteous steps
Deep like The Shinin', sparkle like a diamond
Sneak a uzi on the island in my army jacket lining
Hit the Earth like a comet, invasion
Nas is like the Afrocentric Asian, half-man, half-amazing
Cause in my physical, I can express through song
Delete stress like Motrin, then extend strong
I drank Moet with Medusa, give her shotguns in hell
From the spliff that I lift and inhale, it ain't hard to tell

The buddha monk's in your trunk, turn the bass up
Nas, stories by Aesop, place your loot up, parties I shoot up
Nas, I analyze, drop a Jewel
Inhale from the L, school a fool well, you feel it like braille
It ain't hard to tell, I kick the skill like Shaquille holds a pill
Vocabulary spills I'm Ill
Plus Matic, I freak beats slam it like Iron Shiek
Jam like a tech with correct techniques
So analyze me, surprise me, but can't magnetize me
Scanning while you're planning ways to sabotage me
I leave em froze like her-on in your nose
Nas'll rock well, it ain't hard to tell

This rhythmatic explosion, is what your frame of mind has chosen
I'll leave your brain stimulated, niggas is frozen
Speak with criminal slang, begin like a violin
End like Leviathan, it's deep well let me try again
Wisdom be leaking out my grapefruit troop
I dominate break loops, giving mics men-e-straul cycles
Street's disciple, I rock beats that's mega trifle
And groovy but smoother than moves by Villanova
Yet still a soldier, I'm like Sly Stallone in Cobra
Packing like a rasta in the weed spot
Vocals'll squeeze glocks, MC's eavesdrop
Though they need not to sneak
My poetry's deep, I never fell
Nas's raps should be locked in a cell
It ain't hard to tell


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"It Ain't Hard to Tell" as written by Gene Redd, John Bettis

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  • +2
    General CommentThe most exciting song off Illmatic, with human wailing production that sends chills down my spine. Nas, the school dropout and drug seller, combines poetry and rap so well the lines are blurred. His weed smoking is fact, of course, and though he probably held weapons I'm pretty sure he didn't shoot up parties. "Breathin' the sniper's breath"...this is Nas showing off his warrior side: he is an officer, with fierce and combative rhymes, and a gentleman, with intellect (afrocentricism, Hobbes). Both sides of the coin are blurred together, as if it has been spun into a speheric motion to the urgent, dramtic beat. Classic, grimy hip-hop from Queensbridge NYC, the largest housing project in the United States.
    Shep420on June 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe line about giving shotguns in hell is probably my favourite line in all of music history, and I never knew what it meant until someone broke it down for me on a youtube comment. It truly shows Nas' lyrical skill.

    A shotgun is when you blow the blunt smoke from your mouth into someone else's mouth. Medusa was a fictional character that could turn you into stone if you looked at her. So what he is saying when he says "I drink moets with Medusa, give her shotguns in hell..." is that he is so sick that he can not only get high and drunk with Medusa without getting turned to stone, but also that he kind of flips the script and gets medusa stoned by giving her shotguns.

    BlessTheMicon July 24, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOnly certain individuals will understand the meaning.
    Humanjudgeon June 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis there any other rapper, never mind gansta rapper, who would throw a hobbes reference? and the ill combination of wordz that no other rapper could ever possibly concieve...sneak an uzi on the island in my army jacket lining....this was the pinnacle of midern hip hop in my opinion, its all downhill compared 2 this
    theRickon November 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah me too. this is one of the greatest hip-hop songs in history and he did it without using profanity (not that swearing is a bad thing but that's pretty impressive). one question though: is the line about giving medusa shotguns in hell a reference to Dante's Inferno?
    ILLmaticAK47on July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the best hip hop songs ever, in my opinion.
    akira_256on April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is just braggadocio rapping 101. simple as that. you could write a million songs and never come off as dope as this. beautiful
    patobrienon July 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can rap every verse in this song by heart.
    iWin4Prepon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song.
    FRYEGUYon February 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does it mean when he says "I kick a skill like Shaquille holds a pill"? Shaq O'Neal is an NBA player, but what does this mean?
    TheChosenOneon May 27, 2008   Link

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