Nas Interview With Hulk Magazine
Nas sat down for an in-depth interview with Hulk Magazine where he gives insight his life since being in the Hip Hop world, Hip Hop today, greatest fear, future plans and more. Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
Hulk Magazine: How does a Nas show today compare to a Nas show twenty years ago?
Nas: Twenty years ago I didn’t like the audience, I thought that they were invading my privacy. I didn’t respect this thing as much as I do now because I thought it was fleeting. I didn’t believe in this industry at all. Now I know more of the ins and outs than I used to. So today I appreciate it more. I understand it more, so I can have more fun with it. I don’t look at the crowd like, ‘What are you looking at?’ like when I was from the streets. Today I’m a performer.
Hulk Magazine: In the beginning hip hop really gave a voice to the disenfranchised. Illmatic was part of that. Now, twenty years on, when you hear about things like the disproportionate amount of young black males incarcerated in the US prison system, how does it make you feel?
Nas: I learned that statistic a long time ago. And I realised my beef wasn’t with another crew, or with my neighbour, 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.
Hulk Magazine: What do you find exciting in hip hop now?
Nas: I like Azealia Banks, I like Nicki [Minaj]. Those are the girls that are currently in the game. I like A$ap Rocky, Big Sean.
Hulk Magazine: Is it women’s time in hip hop?
Nas: It is women’s time but women are under the illusion that they’re being blocked, so women have to stop playing man’s game when it comes to the artistic shit. They have to just go and do it. Stop worrying about where you fit in. Just go and do it.
Hulk Magazine: Do you think rap is still subversive?
Nas: Errrr, I guess. It’ll always be that. Kids and their parents, it starts there. Some parents don’t understand what their kids are getting into and hip hop sounds really dangerous to them so I guess in that sense and a couple of other ways it does challenge authority. I guess it’s still that way.
Hulk Magazine: What’s your greatest fear?
Nas: 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.
You can check out the entire interview on Hulk Magazines website