Nas Talks His Greatest Fear, How He Would Like To Be Remembered, & More
Mr Nasir is the latest celeb to obtain a spot in Huck Magazine. In the issue, the 39-year-old rapper talks about the current women in the HipHop, his greatest fears, the number of black males in prison, and more. Take a look at the excerpts below.
On the overwhelming support for Frank Ocean after he came out as bisexual: ”I think hip hop artists realize that there are a lot of things against us and showing some kind of brotherhood is very positive. It’s good to see.”
On if he believes it’s a women’s time in Hip Hop: “I like Azealia Banks, I like Nicki [Minaj]. Those are the girls that are currently in the game. [...]“
On his greatest fear: ”To be scared. To achieve the things that I’ve achieved, fear had something to do with it, but it’s really not fear at the end of the day. KRS-One said years ago, “Here’s where the problem starts, no heart. Because of that a lot of groups fell apart.” [...] The ones that came up and were just so talented that you didn’t understand what happened to them – a lot of them just didn’t have any heart. [They] wind up on drugs, or become bitter and just talk about people all day. They had no heart. And they make excuses for it.”
On his inspirations: ”I respect intellectuals that had an education from a time before I was born. They were smarter. Today we all have a microwave education. Internet technology is fast-forwarding our education. I respect the guys who had to really read and learn, the guys from the generation before me, because of course, those guys had to pave the way. At the same time, my generation today has something fresh to offer and that’s what I am.”
On the number of black males in prison: ”I learned that statistic a long time ago. And I realized my beef wasn’t with another crew, or with my neighbor, my beef was with a system designed to destroy black men. That was one of the things that kept me out of jail early on. [...] It’s all about population control and it’s also all about survival of the fittest. It’s a rough world. I’ve been realizing that people in my position need to go back to their communities to fight harder to save young lives. I should be back more. People in my position should be back more.”
On how he would like to be remembered: ”I can’t answer that! I don’t care that much about how people think about me. While I’m here, a lot matters. When I’m gone, I’m gone. I don’t know, I’d be cheating myself if I told you that; I’d probably downplay myself, there’s probably someone that thinks of me more than I can. That should be outside of me. I probably don’t even know what it is that people think of me, really. So whatever it is, let it be.”
It is just something about Nas! We just love that he keeps it real, all the time.
[Photo: Greg Funnell]
~Be Blessed & Stay Humbled