"One Mic" as written by Carl Thompson and Nasir Jones....
One time... yeah, yeah

Yo, all I need is one mic, one beat, one stage
One nigga front, my face on the front page
Only if I had one gun, one girl and one crib
One god to show me how to do things his son did
Pure, like a cup of virgin blood; mixed with
151, one sip'll make a nigga flip
Writin names on my hollow tips, plottin shit
Mad violence who I'm gon' body, this hood politics
Ackowledge it, leave bodies chopped in garbages
Seeds watch us, grow up and try to follow us
Police watch us, roll up and try knockin us
One knee I ducked, could it be my time is up
But my luck, I got up, the cop shot again
Bus stop glass bursts, a fiend drops his heineken
Richochetin between the spots that I'm hidin in
Blackin out as I shoot back, fuck gettin hit!
This is my hood I'ma rep, to the death of it
'Til everybody come home, little niggaz is grown
Hoodrats, don't abortion your womb, we need more warriors soon
Sip from the star sun and the moon
In this life of police chases street sweepers and coppers
Stick-up kids with no conscience, leavin victims with doctors
If you really think you ready to die, with nines out
This is what nas is bout, nigga the time is now!

Yo, all I need is one mic...
All I need is one mic, that's all I need
All I need is one mic, all I need niggaz
All I need is one mic, yeah

All I need is one blunt, one page, and one pen
One prayer, tell god forgive for one sin
Matter fact maybe more than one, look back
At all the hatred against me, fuck alla them
Jesus died at age 33, there's thirty-three shots
From twin glocks there's sixteen apiece, that's thirty-two
Which means, one of my guns was holdin 17
Twenty-seven hit your crew, six went into you
Everybody gotta die sometime; hope your funeral
Never gets shot up, bullets tear through the innocent
Nothin is fair, niggaz roll up, shootin from wheelchairs
My heart is racin, tastin revenge in the air
I let the shit slide for too many years, too many times
Now I'm strapped with a couple of macs, too many nines
If y'all niggaz really wit me get busy load up the semis
Do more than just hold it explode the clip until you empty
There's nothin in our way - they bust, we bust, they rust, we rust
Led flyin, feel it? I feel it in my gut
That we take these bitches to war, lie 'em down
Cause we stronger now my nigga the time is now!!

All I need is one mic, that's all I need, that's all I need
All I need is one mic, there's nuttin else in the world
All I need is one mic, that's all a nigga need to do his thing why'know
All I need is one mic

All I need is one life, one try, one breath I'm one man
What I stand for speaks for itself, they don't understand
Or want to see me on top, too egotistical
Talkin all that slick shit, the same way these bitches do
Wonder what my secrets is, niggaz'll move on you
Only if they know, what your weakness is I have none
Too late to grab guns I'm blastin cause I'm a cool nigga
Thought I wouldn't have that ass done? fooled you niggaz
What you call a infinite brawl, eternal souls clashin
War gets deep, some beef is everlastin
Complete with thick scars, brothers knifin each other
Up in prison yards, drama, where does it start?
You know the block was ill as a youngster
Every night it was like a, cop would get killed body found in the dumpster
For real a hustler, purchased my range, niggaz throwin dirt on my name
Jealous cause fiends got they work and complain
Bitches left me cause they thought I was finished
Shoulda knew she wasn't true she came to me when her man caught a sentence
Diamonds are blindin, I never make the same mistakes
Movin with a change of pace, lighter load, see now the king is straight
Swellin my melon cause none of these niggaz real
Heard he was, tellin police, how can a kingpin squeal?
This is crazy, I'm on the right track I'm finally found
You need some soul searchin, the time is now

All I need is one mic, yeah, yeah
All I need is one mic, that's all I ever needed in this world, fuck cash
All I need is one mic, fuck the cars, the jewelry
All I need is one mic, to spread my voice to the whole world


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"One Mic" as written by Chucky Thompson Nasir Jones

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  • +1
    General Commentnas is the best lyricist period. gay-z better watch out cuz nas will take his soul
    alkal#3on April 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGood song
    viper2001_21on April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenty'all dont even understand this shit. there are so many layers of irony, sarcasm, reference, ambiguity in this joint that those earlier in the thread attempting to make grand judgements might as well give up analyzing it. you don't get it.
    patobrienon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst of all, the purpose of this site is to post what you believe is the meaning of the song. It is not to voice what rapper you like best, or to criticize the song without even explaining what you perceive to be the meaning. Now, I live in the hood so I can shine light on the perceptive presented in the lyrics, and hopefully people will have an open mind and realize that people think very differently. For example, if you move to a third world country and the change in cultural reality would be depressing because people think differently, and thus reason different, and therefore act differently. Now, on to the lyrics...

    [ "Yo, all I need is one mic, one beat, one stage
    One nigga front, my face on the front page" ]

    The lines above is simply talking about methods of expression. What the messenger requires in order to get out a message. It also expresses the importance of the message since throughout the song there is an emphasis on the means by which to get the message deliver. The whole song is clearly focused on the delivery of a message.

    [ "One god to show me how to do things his son did
    Pure, like a cup of virgin blood; mixed with
    151, one sip'll make a nigga flip" ]

    At this point of the song, he transitions into the delivery of his message taking on a second persona, which represents a certain irony. The injection of God simply indicates that this individual is on a bad road and need to change course.

    [ "Writing names on my hollow tips, plotting shit
    Mad violence who I'm gon' body, this hood politics
    Acknowledge it, leave bodies chopped in garbage's
    Seeds watch us, grow up and try to follow us" ]

    He is re-emphasizing nature of the character he is playing, and also throwing in irony. The line where he states "seeds are watching, growing up, and following" is an attack on the character that he is role-playing. The character, in reality, would not acknowledge that his actions are determining the future of his kids, the neighbors kids, and thus the entire community. In fact, he explicitly calls on acknowledgement of that fact in the lyrics.

    [ "Blacking out as I shoot back, fuck getting hit!
    This is my hood I'ma rep, to the death of it
    'til everybody come home, little niggas is grown
    Hoodrats, don't abortion your womb, we need more warriors soon
    Sip from the star sun and the moon" ]

    He goes back again to the topic of children. In fact, he resorts to irony once again. In a sense, he is downplaying the idea that abortion is a bad thing. Why not abort a child if it will be a seed watching, growing up, and trying to follow the drug dealers and thugs who are constantly killing each others in the street. As they die off quickly, do we need more warriors?

    [ "In this life of police chases street sweepers and coppers
    Stick-up kids with no conscience, leaving victims with doctors
    If you really think you ready to die, with nines out
    This is what nas is bout, nigga the time is now!" ]

    He is essentially saying that two wars are beginning waged. One war is black on black. Another is between blacks & police. In the last scene of the music video, there is a black mob fighting black police. In earlier scenes of the video, the police were white. I will leave the interpretation of that to your imagination.

    [ "At all the hatred against me, fuck all of them
    Jesus died at age 33, there's thirty-three shots
    From twin glocks there's sixteen apiece, that's thirty-two
    Which means, one of my guns was holding 17
    Twenty-seven hit your crew, six went into you"]

    I can't figure this lyric out, but it is strange because the math doesn't add up. How can he have 17 bullets in a glock that only holds 16? In addition, how does the age of Jesus death relate to the number of bullets he shot? Maybe it was just a meaningless lyric, but I doubt it. I think the meaning has something to do with the cycle of revenge and how that creates a perpetuation of violence in the hood.

    [" Everybody gotta die sometime; hope your funeral
    Never gets shot up, bullets tear through the innocent
    Nothing is fair, niggas roll up, shooting from wheelchairs
    My heart is racing, tasting revenge in the air
    I let the shit slide for too many years, too many times
    Now I'm strapped with a couple of macs, too many nines
    If y'all niggas really wit me get busy load up the semis
    Do more than just hold it explode the clip until you empty
    There's nothing in our way, they bust, we bust, they rust, we rust
    Led flyin, feel it? I feel it in my gut
    That we take these bitches to war, lie 'em down
    Cause we stronger now my nigga the time is now!! "]

    The idea of revenge is must clearer in this picture. The idea of a guy shoot from a wheel chair. In the hood, if someone is in a wheel chair, it sometimes mean that they were shot and could no longer walk. The idea of funerals being shot up drives home the idea of revenge, and innocent people being killed displays the devastation of revenge and it's cycle. They bust, we bust, leaves everyone dead. And once again, the need for warriors and not aborters.

    [ "What you call a infinite brawl, eternal souls clashing
    War gets deep, some beef is everlasting
    Complete with thick scars, brothers knifing each other
    Up in prison yards, drama, where does it start?" ]

    Once again, the cycle of revenge.

    ["You know the block was ill as a youngster
    Every night it was like a, cop would get killed body found in the dumpster"]

    Why would a youngster believe the block was ill because a cop got killed? It goes right back to a seed watching and trying to follow.

    ["Bitches left me cause they thought I was finished
    Should of knew she wasn't true she came to me when her man caught a sentence"]

    Clearly, if anything, this line shows that he is taking on multiple characters. He is both the man who caught a sentence, and the guy who got the fleeing girl who wasn't true.

    ["Diamonds are blinding, I never make the same mistakes
    Moving with a change of pace, lighter load, see now the king is straight
    Swelling my melon cause none of these niggas real
    Heard he was, telling police, how can a kingpin squeal?
    This is crazy, I'm on the right track I'm finally found
    You need some soul searching, the time is now"]

    He is pretty much denouncing the entire chao that is depicted in the song.
    KenTheBoton December 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrappers need to put more time in their music, instead of talking of their "bitches, money, escalades, and ice" ...
    but that's just what i think.

    but to comment on this song, it's about time someone (especially nas) has made top quality, meaningful song.
    itsmeallanon April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find this song to be up there with one of the few rap songs that actually have meaning and feelings behind it. It goes back to the early 90's and late 80's when rappers, even though they were somewhat of a mockery, rapped what they really felt, not about how much money, bitches, cars and other shit they have. Most rappers today speak of the gangster life as a great life to live, but Nas raps about the dark side to it, a side more people should see.
    BlinkGrlNo182on April 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite nas songs. he is speaking the truth its not all about killing someone its a great song cause it starts of calm and then he get crazy. ALL HE NEEDS IS ONE MIC, hes the best rapper out here today !!!!
    spoiledprincesson April 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont usually listen to nas, but i think this song is his best. it has real lyrics that i respect. i think this song is deep, and emotional.

    in this video the lights being blured looks like the still pictures in eminems marshal mathers lp cd cover ( on the inside)
    kottonmouthkingsk8ron May 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a really good song, I love how he only needs One Mic to get his message across.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone mic... good suggestion.
    rocktheearthon May 04, 2002   Link

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