Nas Says Kanye West's "Mission Is No Longer To Save Hip Hop"

Nas names Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke as two artists who represent tanning in today's music.

In a past interview with Complex magazine, Queensbridge rapper Nas was quoted as saying “I think Kanye West saved rap” after he was asked about Lil Wayne being dubbed the best rapper alive. Nas revisited that particular quote this month during a Complex-led conversation with Steve Stoute and Ben Horowitz at South By Southwest.

According to Nas, Kanye has moved past saving Hip Hop and is now on an artistic mission.

In addition to speaking on the G.O.O.D. Music emcee, Nas gave credit to artists in the South and on the West Coast for representing the next generation of Hip Hop.

“I think his mission no longer is to save Hip Hop,” Nas said. “I think he’s on an artistic mission. He wants to express himself. So, who’s saving Hip Hop today is the new generation. And it’s brothers like myself and brothers like Jay who still got love for this thing. You know, street dudes who’s going to another level and still have the realness at heart. It’s the dudes in the South. It’s the West Coast explosion that’s happening right now in L.A. You gotta give credit where credit’s due. To the next generation for sure.”

Nas also spoke on the term “tanning,” a topic discussed in Steve Stoute’s book, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy, which was recently turned into a docu-series for VH1.

When asked to name artists who represent tanning in today’s music, Nas cited pop star Miley Cyrus and crooner Robin Thicke as well as young American culture.

“[When] I first got in the business it was more about representing then,” he said. “I think the new artists are representing how tanning effects America today. The new artists are doing new things. They have a very new conversation about lifestyle, fashion, and all of that…Who do I think represents tanning today? From Miley Cyrus to Robin Thicke to all the people that are representing, saying ‘We are one.’ All the people that are out there doing music that’s like—This young culture, this young American culture, this young world culture. It’s a thing that we do together. So again, all the people. All the new artists. All the new artists that’s in the game today.”

Nas joins a number of big name acts present at South By Southwest this week in Austin, Texas. Both Jay Z and Kanye West reunited on stage yesterday (March 13) at a Samsung-sponsored concert at Austin Music Hall, while Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar headlined the iTunes Festival Wednesday (March 12).

138 Comments

  • Bear

    McLyte or Jean Grae wold school Kanye HARD! Pfffttt.... Remember when rappers and hip-hop artists occasionally had fun while also being political and angry on albums. Those were the days, you got a party jam like "Push It" or "California Love" and then got angry anthems like "9-1-1 is a joke." Now I imagine most of these cats haven't ever lived a life like those from NWA and so all they can spit rhymes about is bling and women. I think when Puffy took over after 2Pac and Biggie lost there lives... well... *shakes head* Grandmaster Flash can you hear me? We need The Message again, and again, and again, and again... some people are having a hard time learning it.

  • Realhiphop

    Nas is a G...he's just telling these mothafuckas what they wanna heir.but as for you just born in the 2000's son's a bitches.stop hatin on a real mc.y'all wasn't even born when nas was king.and y'all don't know shit about PAC

  • Anonymous

    Nas has a second book due out this year called, Kelis Owns My Masters.

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  • D-Train

    Nas is wrong, and he's not coming from a hip hop aspect he's coming from a pop aspect...If pop radio rap went away then the rest of the industry would still survive and keep doing what it does.....

  • Anonymous

    look at how long this sotry been on the front page. nas is paying hhdx for promotion

  • Anonymous

    "10139 155st NW, Edmonton, Alberta... You wanna do something punk ass, there's my address... I dare you to do something." Can't believe this nicca even gave up his address just for the sake of trolling. I swear something is wrong with y'all Canada people.

  • Sal Monella

    By Homeboy Sandman; "..Last year Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the biggest name in the private prison industry, contacted 48 states offering to buy their prisons. One stipulation of eligibility for the deal was particularly bizarre: an assurance by the agency partner that the agency has sufficient inmate population to maintain a minimum 90% occupancy rate over the term of the contract. What kind of legitimate and ethical measures could possibly be taken to ensure the maintenance of a 90% prison occupancy rate? Two months later an anonymous email was sent out to various members of the music and publishing industries giving an account of a meeting where it was determined that hip-hop music would be manipulated to drive up privatized prison profits. Its author, despite claiming to be a former industry insider, did not provide the names of anyone involved in the plot, nor did he specify by which company he himself was employed. As such, the letter was largely regarded as a fraud for lack of facts. Here are facts: stop-big-media-187x203Ninety percent of what Americans read, watch and listen to is controlled by only six media companies. PBSs Frontline has described the conglomerates that determine what information is disseminated to the public as a web of business relationships that now defines Americas media and culture. Business relationships. Last year a mere 232 media executives were responsible for the intake of 277 million Americans, controlling all the avenues necessary to manufacture any celebrity and incite any trend. Time Warner, as owner of Warner Bros Records (among many other record labels), can not only sign an artist to a recording contract but, as the owner of Entertainment Weekly, can see to it that they get next weeks cover. Also the owner of New Line Cinemas, HBO and TNT, they can have their artist cast in a leading role in a film that, when pulled from theaters, will be put into rotation first on premium, then on basic, cable. Without any consideration to the music whatsoever, the artist will already be a star, though such monopolies also extend into radio stations and networks that air music videos. For consumers, choice is often illusory. Both BET and MTV belong to Viacom. While Hot 97, NYCs top hip hop station, is owned by Emmis Communications, online streaming is controlled by Clear Channel, who also owns rival station Power 105. None of this is exactly breaking news, but when ownership of these media conglomerates is cross checked with ownership of the biggest names in prison privatization, interesting new facts emerge. Vanguard GroupAccording to public analysis from Bloomberg, the largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America is Vanguard Group Incorporated. Interestingly enough, Vanguard also holds considerable stake in the media giants determining this countrys culture. In fact, Vanguard is the third largest holder in both Viacom and Time Warner. Vanguard is also the third largest holder in the GEO Group, whose correctional, detention and community reentry services boast 101 facilities, approximately 73,000 beds and 18,000 employees. Second nationally only to Corrections Corporation of America, GEOs facilities are located not only in the United States but in the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. You may be thinking, Well, Vanguard is only the third largest holder in those media conglomerates, which is no guarantee that theyre calling any shots. Well, the number-one holder of both Viacom and Time Warner is a company called Blackrock. Blackrock is the second largest holder in Corrections Corporation of America, second only to Vanguard, and the sixth largest holder in the GEO Group. There are many other startling overlaps in private-prison/mass-media ownership, but two underlying facts become clear very quickly: The people who own the media are the same people who own private prisons, the EXACT same people, and using one to promote the other is (or would be, depending on your analysis) very lucrative. Such a scheme would mean some very greedy, very racist people. There are facts to back that up, too. Prison industry lobbyists developing and encouraging criminal justice policies to advance financial interests has been well-documented. The most notorious example is the Washington-based American Legislative Council, a policy organization funded by CCA and GEO, which successfully championed the incarceration promoting truth in sentencing and three-strikes sentencing laws. If the motive of the private prison industry were the goodhearted desire to get hold of inmates as quickly as possible for the purpose of sooner successfully rehabilitating them, maintenance of a 90% occupancy rate would be considered a huge failure, not a functioning prerequisite. Likewise, the largest rise in incarceration that this country has ever seen correlates precisely with early-80s prison privatization. This despite the fact that crime rates actually declined since this time. This decreasing crime rate was pointed out enthusiastically by skeptics eager to debunk last years anonymous industry insider, who painted a picture of popularized hip-hop as a tool for imprisoning masses. What wasnt pointed out was that despite crime rates going down, incarceration rates have skyrocketed. While the size of the prison population changed dramatically, so did its complexion. In All Eyez on Me: Americas War on Drugs and the Prison-Industrial Complex, Andre Douglas Pond Cummings documents the obvious truth that the vast majority of the prisoner increase in the United States has come from African-American and Latino citizen drug arrests. war-on-drugsAdd to this well-documented statistics proving that the so-called war on drugs has been waged almost entirely on low-income communities of color, where up until just two years ago, cocaine sold in crack form fetched sentences 100 times as lengthy as the exact same amount of cocaine sold in powdered form, which is much more common in cocaine arrests in affluent communities. (In July 2010 the oddly named Fair Sentencing Act was adopted, which, rather than reducing the crack/powder disparity from 100-to-1 to 1-to-1, reduced it to 18-to-1, which is still grossly unfair.) This is not to suggest that the crack/powder disparity represents the extent of the racism rampant within the incarceration industry. The U.S. Sentencing Commission reported in March 2010 that in the federal prison system, even where convicted for the exact same crimes, people of color received prison sentences 10% longer . Where convictions are identical, mandatory minimum sentences are also 21% more likely for people of color. Finally, let us not forget the wealth of evidence to support the notion that crime-, drug- and prison-glorifying hip-hop only outsells other hip-hop because it receives so much more exposure and financial backing, and that when given equal exposure, talent is a much more reliable indicator of success than content. Mos def Yasiin Bey aka Mos def Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) put it best; hip-hop is just shorthand for black people. Before our eyes and ears, a web of business relationships that now defines Americas media and culture has one particular business raking in billions of dollars while another defines the culture of a specific demographic as criminal. Both business are owned by the same people. Mainstream media continue to endorse hip-hop that glorifies criminality (most notably drug trafficking and violence), and private prison interests, long since proven to value profits over human rights, usher in inmates of color to meet capacity quotas. The same people disproportionately incarcerated when exposed to the criminal justice system are at every turn inundated with media normalizing incarceration to the point that wherever there is mainstream hip-hop music, reference to imprisonment as an ordinary, even expected, component of life is sure to follow. Conspiracy theorists get a lot of flak for daring entertain the notion that people will do evil things for money. Historical atrocities like slavery and the Holocaust are universally acknowledged, yet simultaneously adopted is the contradictory position that there cant possibly be any human beings around intelligent enough and immoral enough to perpetrate such things. Even in the midst of the Europe-wide beef that was actually horse-meat fiasco, and the release of real-life nightmare documenting films like Sunshine and Oranges, there is an abundance of people content to believe that the only conspiracies that ever exist are those that have successfully been exposed. The link between mass media and the prison industrial complex, however, is part of a very different type of conversation. The information in this article was not difficult to find; it is all public. This is not a conspiracy. This is a fact."

  • TheTruth

    Nas is GOAT. Then Pac. Then Biggie. Then Eminem. Kendrick is coming for that #5 spot. Fuck your opinion

  • Anonymous

    Nas has a new book coming out called, A Day In The Life Of Brokaveli.

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  • Anonymous

    Putin will destroy this new world order. It begins with crimaia.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye cant even save his music not to mention hiphop

  • Anonymous

    Can't wait to hear Nas's new album, Kelis Got Rich And I Stopped Trying

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what hiphopdx.com has up their sleeve for April Fools.

  • So Much Hate

    Why is there so much hate for this man? It's like every little thing he does or says, there's always a herd of keyboard warriors finding ways to critique his every move. This can be said for any rapper, but for some reason, Nas always seems to get the most hate. Even an article on here could be a pointless topic like "Nas makes a peanut butter and jelly sandwich" and there would still be lame ass niggas criticizing every little detail. "This nigga uses creamy peanut butter. LOL, crunchy is way better. He takes an L for that." "Why this nigga using grape jelly? He should be using strawberry. Grape is for suckas like him." "He don't take the crusts off his bread? Nas lost for that." "Lol, Nas uses white bread when he should be using pumpernickel bread, because it's black like him. Oh wait, he can't afford it because he's broke and white is the cheapest kind. Haha!" I mean, damn. How about you take a look at yourselves in the mirror? How are you doing? What are you doing with your life? What are you getting out of criticizing and hating on the man? I don't know what's in his bank account, but I guarantee that he makes more in a month than what we make in a year. Again, this can be said for any rapper, but Nas is probably the most hated person in hip hop. Stop worrying about his life and start worrying about yours.

    • Anonymous

      lmao c'mon dunn most of these troll must be 10 year old white suburban children that ain't loved by their parents, don't be so harsh on 'em

  • Anonymous

    aye NY yall see ya favorite rapper ain't even shout yall young rappers up there out...obviously yall garbage. I miss that old NY flow.

  • Psycho Maestro

    Kanye West has never done anything positive for hip hop. He's helped it become corporate pop garbage. He's only worried about being a pop star, wearing designer clothes, shouting name brands, and being on the cover of tabloid mags. He's a fucking woman

  • Psycho Maestro

    Oh and he is a GARBAGE rapper with ZERO LYRICAL SKILLS

  • Anonymous

    The mainstream doesn't like legends, old age is 30 in hip hop, the corporate entity is so racist , they are determine to show the average black man in a certain light. No wisdom to pass on to the youth, but everything it ain't what it seems, it's global slavery, you making them rich and selling the youth down the wrong path

  • riv216

    google riv nobody cares fwm

  • Mr. Tibbs

    I think Illmatic "Nas" would smack the shit out of this "Nas". I know Nas is comfortable in his won skin now but the fine line between Hip-Hop and Mainstream has been shitted on broken up and is now non existant. Miley thinks she is Hip-Hop when she is just Hanna Mon-fucking-tanna with a edge. As far as Kanye goes he hasn't made a Hip-Hop album since "Late Registration" and I don't feel bad when he goes on these radio shows and they're clowning his new trash of an album. If your the only one that gets your music then yeah its not marketable, it only appeals to you. So your not saving or ressurecting Hip-Hop yor trying to dictate the sound. And your new impression is horrible.

  • Anonymous

    MIley helps hiphop far more than nas.

  • Anonymous

    "Nas Lost: A Tribute To The Little Homie" I've been sayin this for years. this nicca nas is a walking/living/embodiement of an L.

  • benben178

    Nas isn't selling out guys. He's playing it safe unlike lord jamar. I believe if you got him in the room by himself behind closed doors, and asked how he felt about this. I bet he would have so many complaints it's ridiculous. Pay attention to who his favorite new school artist are. They are all basically REAL disciples of the old school. Nas has to play it safe because he has a family and an ex-wife to take care of. Ugh Kelis.

  • Snooop

    Kanye did save hip hop with Graduation and MDTF though. Whether you hate Kanye or not, you can't say that those weren't classic albums. Kanye expressed himself the way he wanted to in music, now he wants to do it in a different way. It is now Kendrick's turn for the new hip hop face.

  • sutligepikengang

    Wtf?? He says Miley Cyrus is good?? Man that's some fucking bullshit, only rappers from the 90's is the shit.

  • aaa

    what the song at the end beat playing

  • Anonymous

    So Nas says Miley Cyrus and the new Kanye West are good? Miley represents music? Fuck that shit! Don't let these illuminati puppets to brainwash your brain! Fight against fake things!!!

  • m>S.t/v

    This is Ralph Status http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idw9KFNYD1U

  • Anonymous

    fuck every rapper that aint pac. 99-03 eminem. or kanye west. and yes i know about your favorite rapper and that includes him too.

    • Anonymous

      ''99-03 absolutely would embarass pac. pac was no skilled rapper or lyricist at all '' your first name should be BS for the bullshit thats in your head

    • Anonymous

      @crip 4 life rakim said if em was white hed be the next ali... point is now void, not to mention pac sold 80 mil cus he died

    • Sincere

      Crip4Life - lol you're either really dumb or a troll. Eminem untalented? Nobody has the wordplay he has. Plus you clearly haven't listened to him because he never talks about money. I think you're the one that's "brainwashed" because you assume that if something is mainstream it's bad, but that's just ignorant. There are a lot of dope and talented mainstream artists, it's just that there's a lot of whack artists as well.

    • Crip4Life

      ^ever heard of main stream rap music?? notice how the majority of them suck to people that actually know music? lol eminem is clearly untalented but he makes so much much money because all of his fans are retarded and brainwashed by the mainstream media...he doesnt give a fuk about his fans lol... all the fans are doing is supplying his pocket with cash that he always raps and yaps about... 2pac on the other hand he never changed he was hungry when he sold over 80 mill and NEVER SOLD OUT!!!!!!!!

    • lol

      99-03 absolutely would embarass pac. pac was no skilled rapper or lyricist at all sick of you fuckin dickriders of his as far as lyrics and skills dude aint even crackin into the top 30

  • Anonymous

    nas has absolutely no talent hahahahahaahah

  • Dave

    This might be a dumb question, but it could be a marketing scheme that Wayne was giving garbage verses and albums/mixtapes to make you slightly forget his good years like its a restart button so he could start giving better(or more so decent) verses than the last years so it makes you want to buy the next album or is he just sobering up?

    • Bulletproof Wallets

      Considering he was only good for two years of his 15 year career I'm thinking those years were just an anomaly and he's basically been proven to be horrible.

    • Anonymous

      i dont know. if i was an artist i wouldn't want to water down and taint my legacy with some bs just for some more money down the line whe i'm already one of the richest rappers out

  • TRASHMAN

    THIS IS WHY THE GOVERNMENT NEVER KILLED NAS BECAUSE HE DOESNT TELL THE TRUTH AND CANNOT LEAD HIS PEOPLE TO FREEDOM LIKE TUPAC. NAS JUST CANT LEAD AND REFUSES TO FIGHT AGAINT WRONGDOINGS IN NORMAL SPEECH. HE TOO SOFT TO LEAD A NATION AND START A REVOLUTION.

    • ETK

      SMH aight then, keep dreaming on the day of the revolution. Naive ass niggas LOL

    • Gluver

      If you want a revolution why not get busy and start one yourself? Why leave a of the responsibility to Nas when we all have our own power? Tupac is long dead and Nas is now one of the elders. It is time for us to stop passing on the responsibility of leadership to others and not standing up on our own. Anyone nobody can criticize.

    • Anonymous

      PAC SAID IT BEST WHEN HE POINTED OUT EVERY ALBUM SALE IS A VOTE!!! AT THE BLACK UNITED FUND!! GOOGLE THE VID!!!

    • Anonymous

      ^^^ look at this diseased succca without a knowledge of self. he has been so conditioned that he does not even associate rap with revolution when that is how it originated. punk ass bitch.

    • ETK

      LMAO both y'all niccas lame. Seriously, fuck y'all, Nas is a rapper, not a goddamn revolutionary, so it's only right he ain't gon lead some suckas and start a revolution.

    • THA REALNESS!

      AMEN! REAL TALK. WTF IS NAS TALKING ABOUT? I RESPECT WHAT HE DONE FOR HIP HOP BUT WTF IS UP WITH HIS VIEWS ON THIS INTERVIEW?

  • Anonymous

    everybody acts like rap hasnt changed and opinions of thereof can't change either. A bunch of niggas stuck in the early 2000's

  • Anonymous

    I'm currently reading a book titled "Nas Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homie"

    • Fuck Queensbridge

      ^^ don't even try it breh, Nas stans have already activated denial mode and will not listen to anything you say.

    • Anonymous

      "You gotta love how desperate Nas haters and trolls are when they make up bullshit." Bro I'm not even making it up, go on Amazon and search 'Nas Lost'. It's sitting on my bookshelf I will take a shelfie of it.

    • Anonymous

      You haters/trolls are ethering yourselves.

    • Fuck Queensbridge

      ^^ lol that Ether got steam coming through ya ears, breh? SMH fuck outta here

    • Anonymous

      You gotta love how desperate Nas haters and trolls are when they make up bullshit.

    • Fuck Queensbridge

      "I wonder who the real loser is." That would be Nas.

    • Anonymous

      most people havent heard of most book authors. shit was a top seller on amazon for a min outselling books by jay-z and 50 cent.

    • Anonymous

      Wow, a book made by someone most people have never heard of, trying to capitalize off Nas' name by wasting his time trying to find every low point of Nas' career, even fucking Spin magazine reviews. I wonder who the real loser is.

    • Anonymous

      he actually got a dunce hat on on the book cover

    • Anonymous

      lol you Nas stans furious right now. Nikka is a dunce

    • Fuck Queensbridge

      Now all of his L's will finally be in print for everyone to read.

    • Anonymous

      Just give up. You suck at trolling.

    • THA REALNESS!

      WHY SELL OUT NOW, NAS? Y? FUCK TANNING! FUCK MILEY AND ROBIN THICK, I HATE WHEN BLK FOLK TALK ABOUT HOW HIP HOP IS FOR EVERYBODY, FUCK SHARING! HIP HOP IS THE ONLY GENRE WE GOT LEFT AND NOW MOFUCKAS WANNA GIVE IT UP TOO? SOON THESE WHITE FOLK GONNA SNATCH HIP HOP AWAY FROM US LIKE THEY DID JAZZ AND ROCK AND ROLL, THEN WHAT?

    • Anonymous

      sounds like a good read

    • Anonymous

      NaS Lost is the Nas book only Byron Crawford could write, and not just due to literacy issues in the hip-hop community. Billed as a tribute to the little homey, it is in fact a tribute, but not in the way that an article in XXL magazine is a tribute to a rapper. NaS Lost considers the artist's career in its totality, from its amazing highs to its crushing lows -- and some of everything in between. Discussed in NaS Lost: The 2001 beef with Jay-Z. What really led to this dispute? Nas and Jay-Z as Eskimo brothers. How the two of them became related in a sense. Nas' albums. Is it true what Jay-Z said, that Nas has a one hot album every 10 year average? Illmatic's five mic review in The Source. Was it really the best album of its era? The dreaded n-word. If KKKramer can say it, why can't Nas? Ghostwriting allegations. Can anything dream hampton says on Twitter be believed? The Virginia Tech controversy. What is the real cause of most school shootings? The hostage situation in Africa. Who was to blame there, Nas, the promoters, or the continent of Africa? Nas' marriage to Kelis. Bad idea, or worst idea of all time? Nas as a parent. Why is his teenage daughter posting her birth control on Instagram? Cultural tourism. Why is it that SPIN magazine likes a Chief Keef album more than Life Is Good?

    • Anonymous

      give what up? it's a real book for sale on Amazon

    • Anonymous

      Just give up.

  • DETROIT SLIM

    Kangaye always made pop music that was ready for the radio, and he still does.He aint hiphop. Weak ass nigga couldnt make a dope beat to save his life. Leave hiphop to real niggas like Mobb deep,Wu-tang,Nas,Scarface...

  • Doocay

    #FreeRondoNumbaNine

  • IROC

    Kanye could never save hiphop the pioneers who played real instruments and had real talent that was heavily sampled from James Brown ,George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iassc Hayes just to name a few laid the foundation that hiphop was built on ,Kanye has done some strange things and when he went against Ex President Bush they made that clown apologize and put a dress on and get on stage and tell people i sold my soul for fame Nas is up in the DEvil DEn trying people this clown saved hiphop what a joke

  • deathrowzorrow

    Nas looks so good. I wish he was mine!!!

  • Anonymous

    All that artistic mission shit is a scam. He basically ripping off unknown artists and stealing their sounds and ideas and passing them off as his own. Kanye's mission is to make his fame whore slut wife happy.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    There's some ghetto secrets I can't rhyme in this song There's some missing pieces I had to leave out Had lost trust for Steve Stoute at some point til I got to know him We old friends, but what's loyal? Puff soaked Interscope offices With champagne bottles on Steve, and Steve thought the drama's on me Cause previously it would have been, against whoever Friends forever However, I learn, with some niggas it's all business But I'm a street dude with morals Then this nigga's with Jigga too much, he used to say Jay wanted my spot I laughed, stayed home, never hung a lot A quiet man who used to be alone planning

  • Anonymous

    "You know, street dudes whos going to another level and still have the realness at heart." How yall niggas got realness in your heart while you making songs with the biggest fraud in hip-hop? Rap music's orignal cop, that CB4 nigga Officer William Roberts?

    • Anonymous

      How does Ross' dick taste, lying dickrider?

    • Anonymous

      Well it's a known fact rappers would rather put Rozay on an album instead of you or 50Cent, the people that actually know these men have their opinion and you have yours.

  • Standard

    A bunch of simps on here and in the world today. The only person standing up and speaking up for you and all of us is Kanye... maybe you don't want to hear it and actually think hearing some fake flipping brick shit is real hip hop (good to listen to sometimes) but to submerge yourself in fake shit.....has to make you fake. I'm riding with Kanye he aint Muhammed Ali but the closes thing to it that the people have. Can anybody name any other artist speaking up? Nas and his cosigning ass "tanning of america" bullshit with no real message behind it. What's your point Nas? Ya sounding lost. Name some artist versus just saying the south the west coast, any moron watching from the sidelines can say that shit.

  • Anonymous

    lol Nas seems drunk in this interview.

  • Sensaye Sixkiller

    Nas is my favorite MC of all time. I've been a fan since Illmatic, and I still think he's probably the nicest MC ever, although an argument can be made for 5 or 6 different niggas. With that said, I hate his interviews. His interviews are the opposite of his music, they're too safe, politically correct, and passive. I understand that you have to be careful not to let an interviewer coax you into saying something that will cause problems down the line with some other sensitive ass rapper or business entity, but still, it comes off wack. I guess he learned his lesson after that HOT97 shit, where he said Dipset and Nore' were weak rappers and he had to deal with the backlash from that. But still, I wish these veteran MCs that have developed some real credibility would just tell it like it is. Fuck what these niggas think man. Just say it, Kanye went Hollywood and he's a diva now, detached from Hip-Hop and on a ill ego-trip. What the fuck is he gonna do? Sick his poodle on you? Pull his mace out of his Louie Vuitton bag?

    • Sensaye Sixkiller

      I hear you Harlem. That's true. There's a time and place to speak on certain things, and it's not in an interview with some douchebag tryin' to make a story out of nothing. Nas has gotten more business savvy late in his career.

    • Harlem's Reckoning

      I agree to a certain extent. Nas cannot, under any circumstances, afford to get hit in his pockets at this stage in his life. He's got endorsements rolling in, clearly the most respected MC on Earth, and he's finally detaching himself somewhat from over-politicized music. He went thru Hell with Jay-Z, and to top it all off, Kelis is milking this man like a cow. It's wise to play it safe at 40. Especially if he has aspirations outside of hip-hip. Make those connections. I'm 35 and trying to do the same thing. At least he ain't Lord Jamar......

  • Dick B

    Was that ever Kanye's actual goal in the first place?

  • Anonymous

    The best artists are the best con artists

  • Anonymous

    Nas's mission is to make Kelis a billionaire.

  • SNA

    Fuck Kanye dude is the biggest fraud. Greedy pop star clown

  • lll will

    Respect to nas but this nigga changed he always saluting shit whether its good or bad i Bet if they ask him Wat he think about young thug he gon say he hot and the new leader of a generation nas dnt keep it 100 no mo he cosign anything sound like a robot i thought nas stood for niggas against society but he sucking all society dick smh everybody all happy go lucky now a days ask niggas like papoose he keep it real

  • Burmy

    This is a COMPLETE 180 from the Nas I was a fan of..."Hip Hop is Dead" was the soundtrack to my early 20's.

  • Skool 4 Klownz

    Kanye mind state changed when his mother passed. He been on that bullshit since moms aint there to keep his ass grounded.

  • Anonymous

    Nas is a certified legend.

  • erjkgnjk

    Nas BS's too much.. He always says music today sucks but then he says Miley and Thicke are dope. Who else would he be talking about when he says musics lacking??

  • RC

    Nas Always dropping knowledge, gotta agree with the Kanye comment, he turned his back on Hip-Hop a long time ago.

  • Frosty

    Respect to Nas all day everyday.

    • Dahomey

      I am going to let you individuals on a little secret. IT'S MUSIC!!! THE ARE ARTIST!!! I haven't met an artist in the last 30 years to have a real objective to the lifting of society let alone the black constituents. Nas, Kanye and any other artist you name are in it for self promotion. Nothing Less Nothing More. Till I see an artist organize a movement, speak to the community at large about social consciousness they are all just musicians and artist. There are plenty of individuals to put your weight and energy behind but trust me Nas and Kanye are not the ones.

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