Nas Says Marvin Gaye "Inspired" Him, Shares Hopes To Marry Again

Nas talks about how Marvin Gaye inspired his latest project, "Life is Good" and how he's inspired to marry again, if the right person comes along.

Queens, New York's Nas has been quite candid about his struggles in promoting and releasing his latest album, Life is Good. The QB emcee has talked about how much divorce, parenting and money issues have all been integral in his growth, allowing him to see the more inspiring parts of life. In being so open about these things, he drew inspiration from another artist who also faced similar issues in his career, Marvin Gaye. 

"I'm a big fan of Marvin, and I guess about 12 years ago I heard this album, Here, My Dear," Nas told NPR recently. "Marvin was married to Berry Gordy's sister. She was older than him and she was sophisticated, she was fly. She had the diamonds, the pearls. She knew how to live and she taught him how to live. She was his love and it ended and he chose to do an album about that when other styles of music were becoming popular at the time. He could have took advantage of the new style of music that was hitting. Instead, what he had to do — he had his tax problems, all kinds of things — what he needed to do was give this record to her, the money from the record. But most of all, he turned the record into a record about her. I didn't want to do that. He inspired me, so I wanted to do it my way."

Nas also shared that he hopes he can find the right woman for him now. 

"Well, I thought that I found one, and I don't know, bro. I'm messed up out here, man. I got the opportunity to meet people all over the world," he shared. "Brilliant women, tall women, short women, slim women, thick women, you name it. But, I don't meet them. I have the opportunities to and it's a little bit — I'm a little shy, so I don't meet them and I don't know who's right for me. I looked at people like Harry Belafonte — he's been married like three times; Richard Pryor — he's been married like five times. So many affluent men are faced with finding love problems. I'm sure beautiful, affluent women are faced with the same things sometimes. Halle Berry can't seem to get a break, you know what I'm saying? So, it's just something that I don't know if we'll ever figure out. I hope I do while I'm here." 

On the album, Nas also explains that he wants to "do it again" on "Bye Baby," speaking about marriage. When asked about this, the Illmatic emcee said he's willing to give it another try. 

"At some point I'll do it again. It'd be great. I want to be better at it. I want to be the best at it. I want to have fun. It's a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up," he noted. "I just wanted to make that one real record about that situation. I'm hearing artists, men, famous guys, cry when they heard that song and it just blows me away. For one, it means I nailed it and to me that is the greatest feeling of achievement. You don't want to disappoint. Especially someone like me who's been out of music for years and hasn't had an album in like, four years. I don't want to disappoint — that's a nightmare to me. So when I hear people love it or like it or even cry to it, it just says 'Wow, I did something right. I got it; I got it done. I'm not falling off.' That song, I had to. It was to me the most important record on the album." 

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27 Comments

  • Anonymous

    This nigga still comparing his lame ass to much superior artists, but as always, he gets a pass.

  • RC

    Awsome album, one that will only get better with time as the years pass by.

  • c

    nas the coldest mc in the game period follow me on twitter @cakaholicphenom

  • pienman

    the homie knocked it outta the park with this album! i am proud of his failures cuz look at the art he craved from the imitation of life

  • Anonymous

    One of the best albums I've heard in a while.

  • Anonymous

    "Richard Pryor's been married like five times" As a kid he was raised in a brothel.

  • Anonymous

    "So many affluent men are faced with finding love problems" Probably because they think with their dicks.

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  • God Save America

    I'm glad that this album is getting the attention that it is right now. So much people have approved of this album that don't even mess with Hip Hop. Nas done did it on here. I hope he earns his dues on this gem of an album.

  • Born in 86

    WTF Nas ! 2 Bitches have Screwed you over and you still belief in them ? I guess 50 cent was right hen he said "You are a sucker for love"

    • oskamadison

      That's the point. Bitches will screw you over. Real women will hold you down. And no matter how much of a thug, player or whatever else you think you are, at the end of it all, everyone needs to be loved...or end up old, lonely and bitter as hell in some retirement home "keepin' it real". FOH...

  • So Icy Boi!

    WORST (!) rappers of all time 1. Nas 2. Eminem 3. Jay-Z 4. MF Doom 5. Immortal Technique 6. Mos Def 7. Rakim 8. KRS-One 9. Black Thought 10. Kool G Rap swag

  • Anonymous

    Waiting for angry white boy nerds to come and hate

    • Is It Really True That Niggas Grew Up On Manhattan?

      Sorry, but it's our own black folks that hate real Hip Hop.

  • youngsta

    haha, old ass nas trying to squeeze out some last minute promotion because we all know his wack ass album will flop hard tomorrow. and he is a dumb nigga. he wants to get married again? so basically, he's saying he wants to get hit with child support from two different bitches? such a fucking idiot. and y'all dickride this nigga to death. smh

  • Yamz

    Enough with the Nas articles. The album is dope, but we've all read about the Marvin inspiration ten million times on this fucking site lol

  • BlazeDatIshUp

    The album sound real good. I think he just needs to stay away from the gold diggers. Usually you should never trust a big butt and a pretty smile. At least not until you fully check her out and know she's good inside and out. A lot of women are fine as hell on the outside, but then fake and shady as fuck at the same time. It seems like a lot of successful black men and women end up having trouble in their love lives.

  • naseef

    lol nas is so cool, i like his style

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