Nas Recalls His Earliest Musical Influences

Premiere: As part of the "Becoming" series, Nas details his musical influences, which range from Kiss, the Jackson 5 and the musical "Grease."

Earlier this year, Nas landed his sixth number one album on the Billboard 200 album sales chart when Life Is Good sold 149,000 copies during its first week of release. Nas has gone on record—both previously and on Life Is Good—listing artists such as his father, Jazz musician Olu Dara and MC Shan as influences. However, when interviewed as part of the “Becoming” series, Nas revealed a more diverse musical palette when asked about his earliest musical influences.

“I can remember watching a great musical movie like Grease, or watching the “Jackson 5” cartoon or Kiss—the rock band,” Nas explained. “That looked like where all the action was. I knew that was the life for me; being in front of audiences. I knew it. You’re not sure, for real back then. But, in my mind, I prepared for it.”

As expected, Nas stated that he heard a lot of Jazz during his formative years. But he drew inspiration from Soul and R&B legends such as Rick James and James Brown. The bonus clip from Nas’ “Becoming” interview can be seen below. And, for a more detailed interview, check out the full interview in HipHopDX’s video section.

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  • ETK

    bump Nas he old he needs to retire and go some where else, reason why nas is wack is for siding with Jay- z who is filthy rich knowin damn well that thats the only thing he was really known for is killin jay'z and illimatic now he aint known for shit. Jeezy is the king of south not T.I. T.I is garbage wayne can freestyle but he to cocky he garbage. Jeezy is right nas has no street cred and if you ask me this whole hiphop is dead shit is only partly true. I like that newyork shit better than that down south shit but only because the south is taking over dont mean hip hop is dead the rap game dont need nas. Now im not a big G-unit fan trust me ill rather go with The Game but the best chance of New york to get back on top is 50 cent mean think about the he has sold more the jigga counting the Beg For mercy album and he only came out wit what 3 albums countin beg for mercy and he has THE MOST TALENTED MUSIC MAN IN HIP HOP RIGHT NOW DR. DRE you can be completely garbage and dre will make your shit hot his producing skills are crazy. and i not going to lie i used to be a g-unit hater but i mean why hate on him he making money and he a g im mean i know if i made 5o million dollars a year and there were dudes in my home town want to kill me shoot me again i wouldn't go back. bump that .half these rappers dont go back any way they just say they do .like jadakiss he a good rapper in all but i mean he broke he an't got nothin on fif nobody do . The Game is ill but i mean he my dude and all dat but he doing the same thing fif did. he has his own shoe . hurricane , his own game comin out, his own movie, and a clothing line,only difference is fif got a contract wit reebok and he's actually making money off this stuff. dont get me wrong but real man says ANY MAN WHO SAYS MONEY DOESN'T CHANGE HIM DIDN'T MAKE ENOUGH. but hip hop is not dead THE INSPIRATION PROVES IT. main thing is fif and Jeezy are raps Mvp s not wayne not jigga not nas JEEZY AND 50 CENT. its a new day in town so New york step your game up.

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  • Nas

    When Illmatic came out I felt like I was the best. When Take Care came out, I knew I had just been fooling myself all along.

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