If I ruled The World

Nas – If I ruled The World

Feat.Lauryn Hill

About Nas – If I ruled The World

Nas’s “If I Ruled The World” is a timeless reflection on the yearning for a utopian society. The lyrics vividly paint a picture of an ideal world with freedom, prosperity, and unity. Nas skillfully contrasts the harsh realities of life, like racial inequality and social injustice, with a vision of a better future. The poetic verses, combined with Lauryn Hill’s soulful vocals, create a powerful anthem for change. The track’s smooth production and Nas’s introspective storytelling make it a classic in hip-hop history, resonating with those who yearn for a world where love and justice prevail.

Lyrics – Nas – If I ruled The World

Life
I wonder
Will it take me under
I don’t know
Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassin’
Imagine going to court with no trial
Lifestyle, cruising blue Bahama waters
No welfare supporters, more conscious of the way we raise our daughters
Days are shorter, nights are colder
Feeling like life is over, these snakes strike like a cobra
The world’s hot, my son got knocked
Evidently, it’s elementary, they want us all gone eventually
Troopin’ out of state for a plate of knowledge
If coke was cooked without the garbage, we’d all have the top dollars
Imagine everybody flashin’ fashion, designer clothes
Lacing your clique up with diamond Roles
Your people holdin’ dough, no parole, no rubbers
Go in raw, imagine law with no undercovers
Just some thoughts for the mind
I take a glimpse into time
Watch the blimp read, “The World Is Mine”
If I ruled the world (imagine that)
I’d free all my sons, I love ’em, love ’em, baby
Black diamonds and pearls
(Could it be, if you could be mine, we’d both shine)
If I ruled the world
(Still livin’ for today, in these last days and times)
Yo, it’d be, paradise life, relaxin’
Black, Latino and Anglo-Saxon
Armani Exchange, the Range
Cash, Lost Tribe of Shabazz free at last
Brand new whips to crash, then we laugh in a iller path
The Villa house is for the crew, how we do
Trees for breakfast, dime sexes and Benz stretches
So many years of depression make me vision
The better livin’, type of place to raise kids in
Open they eyes to the lies, history’s told foul
But I’m as wise as the old owl, plus the Gold Child
Seeing things like I was controlling, clique rollin’
Trickin’ six digits on kicks and still holdin’
Trips to Paris, I’d civilize every savage
Give one shot, I turn trife life to lavish
Political prisoners set free, stress free
No work release, purple M3’s and jet skis
Feel the wind breeze in West Indies
I’d let Coretta Scott-King mayor the cities and reverse fiends to Willies
It sounds foul, but every girl I meet’d go downtown
I’d open every cell in Attica, send ’em to Africa
If I ruled the world (imagine that)
I’d free all my sons, I love ’em, love ’em, baby
Black diamonds and pearls
(Could it be, if you could be mine, we’d both shine)
If I ruled the world
(Still livin’ for today, in these last days and times)
And then we’ll walk right up to the sun, hand in hand
We’ll walk right up to the sun, we won’t land
We’ll walk right up to the sun, hand in hand
We’ll walk right up to the sun, we won’t land
You love to hear the story how the thugs live in worry
Duck down in car seats, heat’s mandatory
Runnin’ from Jake, gettin’ chased, hunger for papes
These are the breaks, many mistakes go down out of state
Wait, I had to let it marinate, we carry weight
Tryna get laced, flip the ace, stack the safe
Millionaire plan to keep the gat with the cocked hammer
Makin’ moves in Atlanta, back and forth scrambler
‘Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich
Still nobody want a nigga havin’ shit
If I ruled the world and everything in it, sky’s the limit
I push the Q-45 Infinit’
It wouldn’t be no such thing as jealousies, or B felony
Strictly living longevity to the destiny
I thought I’d never see, but reality struck
Better find out before your time’s out, what the fuck
If I ruled the world (imagine that)
I’d free all my sons, I love ’em, love ’em, baby
Black diamonds and pearls
(Could it be, if you could be mine, we’d both shine)
If I ruled the world
(Still livin’ for today, in these last days and times)
If I ruled the world, if I ruled, if I ruled (imagine that)
I’d free all my sons, if I ruled, if I ruled
I love ’em, love ’em, baby
Black diamonds and pearls, black diamonds, black diamonds
(Could it be, if you could be mine, we’d both shine)
If I ruled the world
(Still livin’ for today, in these last days and times)
If I ruled the world, if I ruled, if I ruled
I’d free all my sons, black diamonds
I love ’em, love ’em, baby
Black diamonds and pearls, if I ruled
If I ruled the world
If I ruled the world
I love ’em, love ’em, baby

Credits – Nas – If I ruled The World

Producers: Trackmasters Songwriters: Nasir Jones, Kurt Walker, Samuel Barnes, Jean-Claude Olivier Engineer: Photographer: Director: Hype Williams Graphic Designer: Ron Norsworthy

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