Nas Discusses Trayvon Martin, Working With Tyga

Nas gives his take on Trayvon Martin's tragic death, as well as how his collaboration with Tyga came to be.

In a recent interview with Angie Martinez, Nas discussed the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, who was gunned down last month.

"You never want to hear that kind of news," said Nas in the interview. "When it happens, you remember how many Trayvon incidents happen everyday all over the world. ...It doesn't seem like the race problem will ever get solved. I like to be optimistic, but it doesn't seem like it'll ever get solved."

Nas, who wore a hoodie in honor of Martin during the interview, continued. "That's a sickness that needs healing, that this guy Zimmerman is dealing with, and all the Zimmermans around the world. They're dealing with a self-hatred, ignorant, sickness. They're living in fear. So I'm rocking a hoodie for my man."

During the interview, Nas also discussed how "Kings & Queens ," his collaboration with Tyga, came to be.

"I like to see artists flossin'. I like to see them make big records and go throw money in the clubs, and buy new chains. I just like People livin' their life and being happy."

"My daughter's like, 'Yo, Tyga's that dude.' And I know 'Rack City' is my joint. So I'm like, okay, Tyga call? I'm on my album."

"That was [my daughter's] call. I like him, but that was her call."

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64 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Zimmerman's camp said the kid jumped him from behind while the police report says his body wasntcl close to the suv. Zimmerman said himself that the kid was running. Ill tell you this, if a black, white, red, or yellow person is chasing me around, ill stand my ground and ill go out swinging. HOW CAN YOU CLAIM SELF DEFENSE IF YOUR THE AGGRESSOR?? It is really sad to see these comments. Everyone is defending a murderer simply because he is white and the victim is black. Crying shame. Smh real hard! If Zimmerman followed and "confronted" the kid (as the 911 tapes prove) then he started the "confrontation" and therefore is liable for the kids death!!!!

  • j

    Its not about race. It never was. Anyone who says this was about race is being used by powerful people who want to incite racial tension and divide this country. Don't give in to that shit. Trayvon Martin did not die because he was black, and George Zimmerman did not shoot him because he was black. If you dont believe me, just wait. When the full truth comes out sooner or later you will feel like a fool.

  • Anonymous

    We do NOT have all the facts. For the love of god stop thinking what MSNBC tells you. On another note. You are neighborhood Watch, your job is to report suspicious activity; not get out of your car and address it yourself. Zimmerman is an idiot and even if it was clearly self defense (which I do not know) he brought it upon himself because he fucked up as a neighborhood watch.

  • Anonymous

    Where's the AUTOPSY? Wouldn't this and forensics tell us whether it was from on the ground in defense, or from a standing position? Why is it SEALED?

  • Anonymous

    I'm not sympathizing with anybody, especially Zimmerman, but simply pointing out that Wade, Lebron, and countless others are only speaking out because it makes them look proper in the eyes of the media. Wade's girlfriend told him about the murder. He wasn't even aware, yet he wants you to believe Trayvon's murder hit home because he has kids.

    • Anonymous

      " analyzing the Miami Heat players.....on the situation. What gives YOU more credence to speak on it" ______________________ "Wade's girlfriend told him about the murder. He wasn't even aware, yet he wants you to believe Trayvon's murder hit home because he has kids." ^ now you're in Wade's mind, YOU KNOW what he feels and thinks. Keep digging yourself deeper.

  • Anonymous

    All Trayvon wanted to do was get home before a stranger man following him caught up. Zimmerman wanted to detain Trayvon or stop him from getting to the house until the police arrived because quote... "THEY ALWAYS GET AWAY!!!!". (Who are they? Innocent kids walking?) TRAYVON WASN'T THEM!!!!!!! HE WAS INNOCENT AND HAD A HOME IN THAT GATED COMMUNITY AS WELL. In the 911 tapes you can hear Zimmy saying "he's checking me out" and then you hear Zimmy get out of the car and start running and out of breath as the 911 dispatcher says "are you following him? we don't need you to do that police are on their way." The kid didn't chase him and if he told the police that Trayvon did chase him then he must know that he did something wrong!!! WHY LIE IF YOU DID NOTHING WRONG??? Zimmy told his dad that same lie and his dad repeated it to reporters. THEY HAD TO CHANGE HIS DEFENSE AFTER THE 911 TAPES CAME OUT OF HIM ADMITTED HE WAS CHASING TRAYVON!! That is why his lawyer said "Stand Your Ground" doesn't apply!!

    • Anonymous

      "THEY ALWAYS GET AWAY!!!!". (Who are they? Innocent kids walking?) ^ IMO, "they" means that there is a DRUG problem around or IN this "prestigious" gated community. A Narcotics cop showed up before the Homicide cop showed up. With this perception you can actually see why he called the hotline over 46 times.

  • Anonymous

    90% of all black men murdered are murdered by other black people, but that doesnt matter. It only matters when its two differrent races involved.

    • Anonymous

      How did the nation know that kid got his head bashed in at that school rumble last year? Media, Black on Black crime. How did the nation know about the old woman who got beaten to a pulp in the elevator? Media, Black on Black crime. Shall I keep going? Now, why are you so bent on the media suppressing this story?

    • Anonymous

      i think what he is saying is the media dont care when its black on black so quick to pull the race card we dont even know the whole story and im tired of people painting this kid as some saint he was suspended for assaulting a bus driver kid had problems

    • Anonymous

      It matter when the fool doesn't go to jail!! You can be sure that black 90% of those black men went to jail!!!

    • Anonymous

      There numerous songs, community activities and town hall forums scheduled with LE that address Black on Black crime, as well as gang offenses. Perhaps it doesn't matter to you and you are not informed and present at these events because you are white and don't live in these affected areas?

  • Anonymous

    Nas shouldn't try and analyze Zimmerman and what he might have been feeling inside when he shot Martin. This is just another example of the media reporting one side of the story as to sway people's opinions. Fact is there are thousands of Martins' of all skin colors around the country who get killed everyday. Where's Nas then? Lebron? Wade? Al Sharpie? Yes, racism sadly still exists, but I think it also exists within the same people who are judging Zimmerman. It's easier to paint a picture of him being an evil bigot.

    • Anonymous

      You say Nas shouldn't try to analyze the situation, but you're sympathizing with Zimmerman while analyzing the Miami Heat players and Al Sharpton's actions on the situation. What gives YOU more credence to speak on it?

    • Anonymous

      Zimmerman is a hispanic person you dumbass.

  • DAGNRL

    WHY THE FUCK THEY KEEP CALLING ZIMMERMAN A WHITE HISPANIC? SO IS OBAMA A WHITE BLACK? I DON'T GET IT, IF A WHITE COP HAD SHOT ZIMMERMAN I BET THE STORY WOULD READ WHITE MALE POLICE OFFICER SHOOTS POOR HISPANIC

  • Anonymous

    hahaha Nas sure is doing a lot of talking these days

  • dark man x

    are you serious Nas?! You are going to work with Tyga. This is some bs, just because your daughter likes him. I'm losing respect for you and your decision making. Tyga is super weak.

  • Anonymous

    Pay your taxes, bitch! Nigga is lucky he ain't the hip-hop Wesley Snipes. Meanwhile, libraries are closing because this dumbass didn't do the knowledge.

  • sigh

    I miss the days when blogging didn't exist and ppl had no outlet to air out their opinions #goodtimes Ricky Rozay #MMGSTAYONTOP

    • The Don

      BUT THATS THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT THE INTERNET,YOU HAVE ACCESS(IF YOU WANT) TO OTHERS OPINIONS ABOUT A PARTICULAR TOPIC FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. NOT JUST YOUR LITTLE SMALL TOWN WITH A BUNCH OF SMALL MINDS. YOU READ OPINIONS THAT YOU LIKE AND COMMENTS YOU DONT AGREE WITH BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY,YOU ARE LEARNING..YOU'RE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND ON TOP OF THAT YOU'RE LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE CASE AND HOW OTHERS FEEL ABOUT IT FROM ALL COLORS,ALL STATES AND CONTINENTS NOT JUST YOUR FAMILY OR FRIENDS OR CITY OR COUPLE OF WHITE FRIENDS OR COUPLE OF BLACK FRIENDS BUT ALL PEOPLE. AND ITS SIMPLE,IF U DONT LIKE HOW PEOPLE POST THEIR OPINIONS,DONT READ IT. SIMPLE RIGHT? YOU DONT HAVE TO READ OR EVEN LOOK AT IT,PROBLEM SOLVED. YOU DONT EVEN HAVE TO READ THIS,ITS YOUR CHOICE GENIUS.

  • The Don

    RACE IS SOMETHING MADE UP BY WHITE PEOPLE TO KEEP THE WORLD DIVIDED. BACK IN LIKE THE STONE AGE DAYS,THERE WERE NO SUCH THING AS RACE. EVERYBODY GOT ALONG AND DIDNT LOOK AT EACHOTHER AS BLACK OR WHITE CAUSE THAT DIDNT EVEN EXIST UNTIL RECENTLY LIKE A COUPLE HUNDRED YEARS AGO. LIKE I SAID,RACE WAS MADE UP TO KEEP RACES SEPERATED JUST LIKE WHITE PEOPLE MADE UP RELIGION TO KEEP PEOPLE SEPERATED. WHICH RELIGION IS MOST HATED? MUSLINS RIGHT? WHY? BECAUSE ALL OF THEM ARE TERRORIST AND BAD PEOPLE? NO,BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KEEP PEOPLE MAD AT EACHOTHER AND FIGHTING/KILLING EACHOTHER AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEY WANT THEIR RELIGION TO SEEM LIKE THE BEST AND ONLY WAY TO GO WHILE OTHER RELIGIONS ARE WRONG AND FAKE WHICH IS UNTRUE. AND THE IDIOTS WHO FOLLOW RACISM ARE THE ONES WHO FALL INTO THEIR TRAP,THEY ARE A PAWN IN A CHESS GAME WHO GOT BRAINWASHED INTO THINKING RACISM IS COOL(FOR WHATEVER REASON). MY THING IS ITS FUNNY HOW HISPANICS WANT TO BE BLACK,BUT SINCE LIKE 2009 MOST HISPANICS CALL THEMSELVES"WHITE" OR WHENEVER THEY HAVE TO FILL OUT A FORM ABOUT WHAT COLOR THEY ARE,THEY CIRCLE WHITE. BUT WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS ZIMMERMAN BS HAPPENS,THE WHITE PEOPLE WANT TO SAY"HE'S NOT WHITE,HE'S HISPANIC" YAW HISPANICS ARE FUCKING SMART(SARCASM), ITS ALL GOOD TO BE WHITE BUT ONCE SHIT POP OFF,YOU ARNT WHITE ANYMORE.LOL LOL NOBODY KNOW WHAT HE IS FOR SURE BUT THEY REPORTED THAT HE'S BOTH,ONE OF HIS PARENTS ARE WHITE AND THE OTHER PARENT IS EITHER HISPANIC OR WHITE/HISPANIC SO EITHER WAY IT GOES HE IS WHITE/HISPANIC WITH A VERY SICK BRAIN AND NEEDS SERIOUS HELP,I DONT SEE HOW HE IS WALKING AROUND NORMAL SOCIETY AFTER MURDERING A 17 YEAR OLD. NOW IF ZIMMERMAN KILLED ONE OF THOES COPS DAUGHTERS I BET ZIMMERMAN WOULD BE DEAD NOW,NOT EVEN IN PRISON HE WOULD BE IN A BOX.

  • So Icy Boi!

    no one gives a fuck. Tyga killed Nas. any YMCMB rapper iz better then this old ass nigga. niggas like Nas killed hip hop. niuggas like Lil Wayne saved hip hop wit Tha Carter III sales. swag

    • Anonymous

      (big sean voice) stfu. if it wasnt for nas and the rappers of his time, then tyga an fake wayne wuldnt have ANY REAL rappers to bite swag off of. so0o0o stfu lil kid u dnt kno SHIT bout the rap game OR THE GAME PERIOD. nuff said

    • land lord

      U lil youngins R crazy!! I just dont understand Y U post on hiphop blogs,go post up on YMCMB blogs or betta yet I'm sure disney has some kinda blog.GTFOH

    • dentaldamboy

      I totally agree. Nas always talks about how important hip=hop is to him, but then he goes and talks shit about most of the industry. He's not a unifier or uniter. He's a divisive and greedy old man who acts like a little kid when he doesn't get his way. Hip hop evolved in a way that he doesn't like and he only has bad things to say about the industry.

  • Crisfantom

    I'm tired of idiots like you saying wait for the facts to come out. Here's some facts. Zimmerman used stereotypical language "they always get away" and "fucking coon". He was clearly told to stay in his car, he didn't. He has a history of of violence and calling the cops 46 times since jan. on black folks. He claimed his nose was broken and the back of his head was cut up so bad that he needed stitches and didn't get them while being covered in wet grass. The police video of him on cuffs show NO bruises or cuts or grass on him at all!! He killed someone and wasn't tested for drugs or alcohol or his vehicle searched! There was no formal investigation, they took his word for it. Those are the facts. How many Civil injustices do you need?! Waaaake up people, this can happen to any of us!!

    • Anonymous

      well you seem to have the situation solved! why arent you telling the world you have all the answers?

  • uhhh, what?

    How about we will until all the facts come out? The media has already race baited everyone into believing what they want you to. Them boys from Duke was viewed as guilty in the public eyes and turns out it was a nasty stripper trying to get paid. When Al Sharpton is involved, I'll fall back and wait until the facts come out.

    • Anonymous

      he already is u dumb ignorant fuck. smh ACTUALLY WATCH THE NEWS INSTEAD OF TALKIN OUT UR CULO!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    lost so much respect for this flip flop artist

  • Anonymous

    so his daughter said she likes a strip club song? and you should work with tyga a song talking about throwin 20s on bitches and nasir jones is suppose to be this rapper for the people a rapper talking about respect for women? so nas daughter will be backing that ass up to shorty you owe me? nas is broke he on cash money payroll

  • Anonymous

    In other words he needed money and said yes

  • damn man

    Nas to check his daughter when she says Tyga is that dude, especially if her father is one of the greatest to ever do it...

  • Anonymous

    Nas is such a contradiction, you can't even believe what he says in interviews from time to time. LOL.

  • harmon

    all this case does is bring black racists movements back into the limelight its 2012 people. black people kill black people everyday only reason it makes news is cause its white on black... stop feeding into the hollywood media

    • Anonymous

      Actually, under Florida law, you CAN brutalize and murder someone if you're attacked. If Trayvon had killed Zimmerman after being stalked and confronted (and wasn't black), he should legally be in the clear. That's the entire (probably wrong) defense of Zimmerman's actions.

    • Anonymous

      When you try to beat a guys head in on the concrete it loses self defense and become malicious intent. Real talk. You can DEFEND YOUR SELF, not try to brutalize someone.

    • Mr Flamboyant

      Zimmerman didn't go to jail. Zimmerman didn't even get arrested. And when Jeb Bush and the other political crooks in Florida say and wonder aloud how in the hell did Zimmerman misuse the law and not be arrested... There you go. You see why it's a big deal now, harmon? Stop sicking so much duck that you can't see past the cum in your eyes. And remember...one duck sick by a man is one too many.

    • Anonymous

      The only reason it made the news is cause he didn't get arrested and, at best, stalked a 17 year, forced Trayvon to defend himself, and then shot him in that context. It's an issue because of the systemic racism underlying all the missteps that brought us to this point.

    • Anonymous

      Those people went to jail!!! That is the difference dumbass!!!

    • Anonymous

      *Hispanic on black.

  • thought dog

    So his daughter listens to strip club music huh?

  • Anonymous

    Nas says he likes to see rappers flossin? Isn't that the exact same thing he said he hated around the time hot97 didn't let him lynch jay-z on stage?....I guess a rapper has the right to change his mind.

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