#TBT: The World is Yours

Here at AWM we are all about bringing you, the reader, personalized content.

That begins with content you probably can’t find commonly across other sites. With that being said, we’re running a series called #TBT. For those not familiar, #TBT is representative of Throwback Thursday. The popular hashtag used on social media is meant to represent a picture or post from awhile ago, which you are resurrecting.

We’re twisting it a little differently here.

Every Thursday, AWM will be posting a song, collection, or certain piece (t-shirt, hoodie, sneaker, etc), that might have been forgotten or is just historical and deserves recognition. This week, our fourth week of the series, will be an ode to The World is Yours, a track by Nas off of the Illmatic, which the A$AP Mob recently paid homage to in their Wavy Wednesday release of Presidents.

“I’m out for presidents to represent me. I’m out for dead f*cking presidents to represent me,” is said by A$AP Nast, a New Yorker just like Nas, as himself, A$AP Twelvyy and A$AP Rocky combine for their new track that plays off the work of Nas in his Pete Rock produced track.

The fourth track off of Nas’ historic album, The World is Yours lives on as a classic 22 years after the album’s release, even being sampled on tracks such as Dead Presidents II by Jay-Z.

Taking inspiration from Scarface, where Tony Montana sees “The World is Yours” imprinted on a blimp, and potentially Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World”, The World is Yours was Nas’ way of announcing his emergence and stating his desire to own the world of hip-hop.

Sampled from “I Love Music” by Ahmad Jamal and “It’s Yours” by T La Rock, The World is Yours has impacted modern rap, while shaping its own generation. Certainly worthy of a #TBT.

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Ankit Mehra

Having grown up in the bustling streetwear and hip-hop melting pot that is New York, and more recently being exposed to the rising streetwear and grime scenes of London, Ankit encompasses the transatlantic culmination of pop culture that AWM preaches. As a co-founder of the site, Ankit's aim is to produce content across all spectrums of hip-hop and fashion.

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