Nas Says Bob Marley Was A "Great Inspiration," Wonders Where George Bush Is

In an interview with Billboard, rapper Nas speaks on a variety of topics from Bob Marley to George Bush.

After speaking on the Common/White House controversy earlier this week with MTV News, Queens rapper Nas once again gave a little political commentary during an interview with Billboard.

In his interview Nas spoke on former president George Bush and how he seemed to have disappeared once his last presidential term was over.

"Where’s Bush? I been thinking we should see more George Bush, right now. He should be talking more. He should be standing next to Barack more. He should just be talking to the American people that he was once leading. I don't hear anything,” Nas explained to Billboard. “It's like someone who got away with something and doesn't want to show his face anymore. Or is it just that it's just no joke being a president and he needs a long vacation right now and he's staying away from cameras. But the bin Laden situation is something that I thought maybe we’d see Bush talk. I kind of would like to hear what he'd have to say about it."

On a lighter note Nas spoke on the impact of the late Bob Marley and how he’s proved to be a “great inspiration” to the rapper.

“Bob Marley’s impact is unmatched by any artist, ever. He stands alone like Beethoven. Like Stevie Wonder. Like Michael Jackson. He owns his block. There’s been nothing like him. There will be nothing like him,” said Nas. “And we don’t’ realize how old Bob would have been [if] he was alive today. He probably would have been what 70-something? But his music is timeless and it’s been a great inspiration to me and I had the honor to work with his kids: Damian, Stephen Marley, and meet a lot of his children.”

Nas also shared that he plans on working with Damian Marley on yet another project. In May 2010, the two artists released the joint album Distant Relatives.  

RELATED: Nas Announces His Tenth Studio Album 

 

72 Comments

  • Anonymous

    CANT STAND PEOPLE WHO THINK THEYRE ALL HIGH AND GREAT WHEN IN REALITY THEY HAVE NO CLUE WTF THEYRE TALKING ABOUT. WHATS WORSE IS MILLIONS OF DUMB ASS PEOPLE WILL BELIEVE AND HOLD ONTO THEIR WORDS WITHOUT KNOWING ANY BETTER THEMSELVES. MESSAGE TO THE WORLD: PLEASE UNDERSTAND THE SITUATION BEFORE YOU COMMIT TO IT, OR YOU WILL BE FUCKED. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE GUY CLAIMING APOCALYPSE WHO'S SWIMMING IN MILLIONS WHILE PEOPLE LAUGH AT WHAT A JOKE HE IS. OPEN YOUR EYES OR YOU'LL SPEND YOUR LIFE FUCKED IN THE ASS. REAL TALK

  • Anonymous

    HEY DUMB ASS NAS BUSH CONGRATULATED OBAMA FOR KILLING OSAMA http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/02/president-george-w-bush-congratulates-obama-bin-laden-killing/ WHY DONT YOU GET YOUR SHIT STRAIGHT BEFORE RUNNING YOUR MOUTH IT'S PROBABLY FOR THE CONTROVERSY ANYWAY. SOME PEOPLE JUST LIKE TO MAKE THE SITUATION SEEM WORSE THAN IT REALLY IS

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/user/305ilovemia#p/u/8/T40-BKejctU BEWARE MUTHAFUKA AND ENTER AT YOUR RISK MUSIC NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS EFFECTS BITCH

  • Lsn22s

    LOL some of u guys are so angry, it's hilarious ...I like a lot of the music Nas has made...not all of it...I agree with some of the things he says...but not ALL of it... See how i expressed myself without blowing a fucking gasket all over my keyboard? Some of you guys need to relax, express your opinions without all the hate...you sound crazy, I feel bad for you guys LOL

  • Wow

    Wow, I'm a little lost on why people are fussing over Nas asking why Bush didn't speak on the guy he was chasing for 7 or 8 years after the guy was caught and killed. It was a little weird since Obama invited him and Bush declined, but like Nas said, "it's just no joke being a president and he needs a long vacation right now and he's staying away from cameras" I'll never understand why people say certain people "shouldn't speak on politics"....says the person leaving a comment on a website who doesn't have a degree in politics either.

  • wtf

    nas has no place talking about politics.... wat a moron he obviously has no idea wat hes talking about

    • Anonymous

      Sees he knows what he's talking about but you obviously need things spelling out. No place talking about politics, really? is he on the same planet as you, making rediculous comments with no ground to stand on.

    • O

      and still he sounds a hundred times more enlightened than Mobb Deep lol

  • Ryan Huerta

    Obama makes Bush look smart.

  • Ryan Huerta

    He wants to be political but he has no idea what he is talking about. Nas is a brilliant writer but you hear him being interviewed and he comes off kind of slow. The Larry Merchant of hip hop.

    • bluerazor

      So this is your defence of what Nas said in an interview about George Bush jr, without the tiny level of discrimnation

  • Nico 3

    See, this is why Nas is a washed up bum. He wastes time speaking on shit that has nothing to do with music. Bush has no reason to hide. He completed his terms and that was that.

  • Get down

    Nas can bust slobs wit' the crack of my ass for all I care.

  • Anonymous

    Nas gives a shit about his fans: http://twitter.com/#!/quietazmoney

  • Hmm

    Illmatic is my 2nd favorite album of all-time, behind ATLiens, just getting that out of the way. Quit being political, it's fucking annoying. I'm not saying don't have political opinions, but quit being a POLITICIAN Nas. Saying "Where is Bush?" is downright ridiculous, you're playing games. If Bush was standing there with Obama, you'd be like "Bush is racist, look at whitey keeping a close eye on Obama." The man is doing the best thing possible. He stepped out of the spotlight. Give it a rest you prima donna.

    • Anonymous

      Jews talk politics for breakfast lunch and dinner,he wants to wake up the youth from living death!!

    • Jacob Crim

      Hit it right on the head. Illmatic is easily a top 5 album for me as well. But how can I take someone serious when they are not even saying anything serious? "Yo, where Bush at? He did some bad things...we got the dude he was after...why aint he say something?" Thats essentially what I got from his comments. Damn, he is so deep.

    • s

      fuck obama And bush

    • ...

      Nay. Refrain from commenting on HHDX.

  • Bryan Moore

    I love how everyone hate's on Nas for this. I'd much rather hear about Nas' view on politics than the newest Gucci or Lil Wayne song...

  • S

    Typical ignorant Nas. Speaking on Bush like he a polyscience major. So sick of rappers being retarded.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9mCVcRWHqY this for all the true fans of hip hop !! listen to this only if u appreciate real lyrics !!

  • complects

    wow...Do any of you tards even read what you write before you post it? Everyone on this site, please dont register to vote!!! Only people who are willing to learn the facts should vote. Assuming shit is a very dangerous game

  • Jsa

    I don't think Nas should be able to speak until he releases Lost tapes 2

  • Jesus

    ima tell you like Geaorge Bush told me "fuck you niggers im outta here" haaa no wouldnt it be ironic if this dude gots a new house in New orleans, the one place noone would look

  • steeler1

    Bush, Clinton, and Obama stood side by side the day after the Haiti quake smiling like shit was gonna be ok just because they were gonna send a couple mil over there, they are all buddies dont fool yourself

    • Lsn22s

      lol wow...did u get beat up by haitians as a kid? did a haitian bang your wife? so much hate, take it easy lol...u sound ridiculous...

    • Jesus

      fuck Haiti. i hope another earthquake hits it. i was disapointed when we helped em. its like every other country hates us talks about killing our people then bam a fucking hurricane and its "Americaaa FUCK YEAH!" i beleive Spain got hit by an Eartquake. you didnt see us send over a fucking Billion? Stupid Negro Country anyways

  • Destro

    Stop talkin' Nas and figure out how to get that Lost Tapes 2 released.

  • Anonymous

    “This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001,” Bush said in a statement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.” he did say something nas

  • Anonymous

    I HATE TO SEE BLOGGER TELLING RAPPERS AND ATHLETES TO STAY OUT OF POLITICS LIKE THEY ARE EXPERTS BECAUSE THEY BLOG ALL DAY. IT IS THE SAme damn thing

  • Shamba Menelek

    Yo this is why I salute this nigga Nas. We think a like real respect real well Deep thinker respect deep thinkers.. Great minds think a like. I was raised off Reggae Music..Both my parents are Jamaican..Pops Record collection was the biggest I ever seen..I mean His whole basement use to be Filled with records so..I know all this music My points I have a Jamaican Heritage but this dude Nas is a "yankee" and still He knows.. Bob is that dude Not everybody sees that he said Bob is on his own Block .. There will never be another Bob. Like these Wailer Youths were like Malcom X but with the Music. Talking bout Living your Music. They caught Bullets behind their Conscious Music..LIke The Bigger Heads wanted these Dreads Gone Because their Music is that Powerful. Bob got shot and Peter Tosh Got Murdered. All the Prophets Get attacked. All of them. And all these Ignorant Detractors sound Foolish. But Nas said He was a Prophet so it dont surprise me that he gets hated on. Then They Lock Buju Up and I was Hearing his Music the Too Bad Album and In the back of my head Im thinking they gone Stop this Man. 4yrs Later He gets arrested. That shit disturbs me deep in My subconscious. The Shitstem. The systematic Willy Lynch. Downpressor. This shit is like a pattern a Record that plays over and Over.. History is my best subject but Even if you got a little Vision this shit is obvious. Its A Trap.. and then when u do the knowledge to that u gotta wonder how his Majesty Emperor Sellasie I rose up.. Look at his period.. Shit is Impossible. Unthinkable. Mysterious.. And they still dont say shit about him in Textbooks.. Its Omitted from your consciousness like it never happen. I mean he Was Times Magazine Man of the Year. He went to war with Mussolini.. He address the League OF Nations . He was Born in the 1800's.. Africa was getting Partitioned by Europe and this "small" man with a Small Army And Few Modern weapons Held his Ground against Italy if thats not Power I dont know what Power is. Sorry For going on a tangent I was sippin that good Juice. No Edits. U already Know

  • Jacob Crim

    As much as I love Nas, I hate when the majority of rappers bring up politics. Even if it is something small like this. Most of them sound like morons, especially when they try to make what Bush did seem like the fucking holocaust. Do I agree with us invading the Middle East? Of course not, but constantly bringing it up, blaming Bush ETC ETC is not going to change a damn thing. Plus its no where as bad as Vietnam was.

    • dmize-one

      smh.. right, so because they have a civil war we should get involved?? its americas job to go into every country that is having problems?? only reason we went to iraq is oil you fuckin moron.. and regardless if civillians are getting killed in iraq or not, that doesnt make it cool that WE killed over 1million civillians.. your fuckin stupid homeboy, not me...

    • dmize-one is stupid

      civilians have been gettin killed in iraq regardless of our soldiers bein there u fucking moron

    • dmize-one

      thats the first decent thing ive seen you post so far..

    • Jacob Crim

      Most President do something to fuck us up, the American government as a whole is corrupt and not trust worthy. The president is just a puppet, thats why I laugh at everyone who acts like one is better than the other.

    • dmize-one

      way to defend your original point, and not flip the script... smh.. i swear, bush fucked our country up with no child left behind...

    • Jacob Crim

      I have nothing wrong with social commentary but Nas saying "Yo why hasnt Bush said anything" isnt some deep ass comment that really needs to be news. I am sure all of us have thought "Wonder where Bush is", but since Nas says it means its headline worthy? lol come on.

    • dmize-one

      your a fuckin joke.. first off, hip-hop started off as social and political commentary... and second off, bush was a war criminal who lied non stop during his 8 years in office.. no where near as bad as vietnam?? nah, jus one million civillian deaths in iraq (oops my bad), for a place that bush lied to get us to go to war with in the first place... quit talkin out your ass boy...

  • Anonymous

    http://www.kiddupstairs.com/2011/03/xo-check-please-volume-1-out-now-ft.html Crazy

  • Brandt Hardin

    Bob Marley has influenced the entire world with his music, which will live on to be rediscovered by more and more generations to come. His work has affected my life and my art so much. I paid tribute to him with a surreal and psychedelic portrait inspired by his words. You can see it on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-memoriam-bob-marley.html

  • Anonymous

    Bush Sr., Dick Cheney and the CIA funded and trained Al Qaeda so Bush is hiding while Barrack is cleaning up his Daddy's mess. smh

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate Distant Relative for it's message and shit, it's good music, but it didn't sound like a Nas album. It was like 'Damian Marley ft. Nas' the whole time.

  • YOUAJOKE

    HOLD ON... I BET NAS WANTED BUSH GONE BUT NOW HE IS HE WANTS TO HEAR HIM SPEAK? FUCK IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE.... FUCK BUSH

  • bluerazor

    This is why i love Rappers like Nas and Chuck D. Socalled patriots don't want to question there own government

  • Real2Real

    If your gonna misconstrue what Nas means, don't read it, that the problem with certain people who has access to computers, they skim through things, take out what they want, and make stupid ass comments. Nas wasn’t saluting Bush, READ next time you morons.

  • 420westcoast

    Fuck you Nas. You didn't support President Bush, and now you want to hear what he says. I wish President Bush would come out just to tell you to fuck off.

    • Anonymous

      Eat NAS dick, you lame. Fuck you think? Nas really give a shit about Bush's opinion. He just wants to know if that motherfucker will own up to his shit.

  • Jose Vasquez

    Bush isn't in the public light because he wouldn't keep his mouth shut. Some shit will slip out once he starts rambling.

  • WHAT

    IT'S STILL FUCK BUSH. All you apologist can jump the fuck off with that bullshit.

  • Dan Webster

    bush live outside of dallas now, where he cant fuck up anything else..

  • RitZ

    Ummm...maybe because Bush is no longer President and he's staying away from politics unlike his predecessors (Clinton, Carter, etc.). Nas needs to shut the fuck up and just make music.

    • Jacob Crim

      Harvey, its because Bush knows most of the nation hates him. Would you show up for the sake of showing up if you had that sort of hate? I know I wouldnt. I would be like "fuck them...let the country burn"

    • harveydent

      What Nas is saying is what most people in the news have been saying. Why didnt Bush come out and honor the 9/11 victims when Barack asked him shortly after they killed Bin Landin

  • cunny funt

    maybe flip it this time round and damian joins nas in his studio to do some hip hop shit

  • Its Um

    Nas and Damian once again? Wouldn't be mad just grateful.

  • gametime

    Nas is confused, he's been gone for a while, came back and wants to hear Bush.WTF?

    • harveydent

      Nas is only asking why Bush hasnt commented on Bin Landin's death. Everyone was asking why he declined Obama's invite to Ground Zero for the memorial last month. Remember it was in the news?

    • Anonymous

      Thats nas alright,I don't listen to 90 percent of the shit he says because most of the time he is high as fuck.

  • Heat357

    It must be because Baracks guest list is full due to an overwealming amount of rappers and athletes need to party with the president. Its funny how everyone hated Bush but Barack is so bad that now people they wish he was still here...

    • dmize-one

      @segiz- first off bush was a piece of shit pres, and obama is right behind him.. -obama continued the bush policed of bailing out companys that fucked up and over spent causing the financial crisis, and then he hired THE SAME PEOPLE THAT CAUSED THE COLLAPSE to be his economic advisors. -obama is continuing the failing foriegn policies of bush in iraq, and afghanistan, and got us into a whole new fuck up in libya. -one of O's biggest campaign promises was to close guantanomo bay within his first week in office, and three years later the place is still open, and wont be shut down.. -do i have to keep going?? obama is just another fuck up president in a long line of em... "but hes a black democrat so he must be cool" only you uneducated folks out there still claimin that shit... do you need more sergiz the fuckin clown??

    • Sergiz

      Barack is so bad? Please, do explain.

    • homer422

      "Its funny how everyone hated Bush but Barack is so bad that now people they wish he was still here" Dear god Americans have low attention spans. It's almost as if the most conservative president of the past 100 years can illegitimately come into office, appoint affiliates of major niche industries to regulation posts (FDA, FEMA,etc), pass upper bracket tax cuts that led to the longest decline in revenue in recorded history, ignore a memo of an upcoming terrorist attack, launch an aggressive/illegal war that led to a quagmire, hurt America's geopolitical standing in the world, enact torture, oust a CIA agent, send the deficit skyrocketing, deregulate the amount investors are aloud to leverage on stocks and derivatives, allow warrant-less wiretaps, attempt to privatize social security, politicize the justice department and it would be forgotten as quickly as if it was part of the tabloid news cycle. Oh wait...that's exactly what happened!

    • Anonymous

      Word...although i think bush is better of wherever he is

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