Nas Addresses Changes In Impoverished Communities Since 1994

Nas says that conditions in the urban community haven't improved in the 20 years since his debut album was released.

Queensbridge, New York rapper Nas has rapped about the violence and hard times he has encountered throughout his life and Hip Hop career.

Coming up on the 20th anniversary of his debut album release Illmatic, Nas stopped by Real Time With Bill Maher Friday and was asked whether he believed conditions have changed in impoverished communities since 1994.

"Hell no," he said when asked about whether conditions have changed in the last 20 years. "It's changed, but not for the better...Influx of guns [is] worse than it was in '94."

The topic of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson's alleged gang affiliation was also brought up. Nas says he believed it to be contradictory that Jackson was moved from the team, but wide receiver Riley Cooper remained a part of it after his racial controversy a year earlier.

"I just want to know, who is the gang sign-ologist in the NFL?" He said. "I didn't know they had Crips and Bloods on payroll to determine what signs were. If he gives a pass for Riley Cooper for saying [a racial slur] on the same team, then he's foul. The coach is foul."

Finally, Nas interestingly rebutted his earlier claims as being a "Black Republican," the title of his 2006 song of the same name. "I'm not a Black Republican," he told the Real Time panel. 

Illmatic will turn 20 on April 19. Many in the Hip Hop community deem the album as the greatest of all-time. His 20th anniversary project Illmatic XX is set to be released on April 15.

Watch the full segment below:

RELATED: Nas-Based "Time Is Illmatic" Documentary To Premiere At 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

51 Comments

  • Brizz

    - Low information voters we call them. - Yes Americans! LOL!

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  • Anonymous

    ""Hell no," he said when asked about whether conditions have changed in the last 20 years. "It's changed, but not for the better...Influx of guns [is] worse than it was in '94."" It is what it is.

  • Byron Crawford

    Great, now address the book "Nas Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homie".

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  • Anonymous

    Nas is sitting there like a little scared child.

  • Anonymous

    Well NAS THEN DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF COMPLAINING

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  • Anonymous

    weird has agreed to be on the show.

  • Godfather 50 Army

    lets see nas resume 0 classics No money no bitches gets outsold by drake lost jigger beef wifed and impregnated a hoe got ethered by bill o'reilly spokesperson for hennessy (the lowliest of all drinks) released Nastradamus got ethered by 50 cent caught a renegade from rick ross unable to renegade tyga played a simp in a nicki minaj video spent what was left of his life savings on a swizz beatz track only to have it flop only 1 song in billboard top 20 and none in top 10 dude is a walking L-machine

    • Jay Z

      You contradicted yourself by using the term "Ethered" twice.

    • Anonymous

      wow nas no bitches maybe he has some respect for women

    • I'M RICHER BITCH $17 MILLION

      O.K weirdo let's see you're resume you're net worth - $51.47 You're contribution to the world so far - Trolling hip hop websites You're expected contribution to the world - More lonely days and nights bitching about celebs on the "interweb" Your family's expectation of you - Not much but they are becoming worried that you spend to much time alone in the basement. Get you're mind right PEASANT

    • Anonymous

      You just went full retard. Never go full retard.

    • Anonymous

      If you wanna know more of Nasir's L's, you should read "Nas Lost: A Tribute to the Little Homie".

  • Michael Sam

    Nas looked hella fine on illmatic

  • Anonymous

    50 ended Nas' career

  • Anonymous

    Why Nas dresses so corny these days?

  • Anonymous

    alex wagner look good

  • Anonymous

    "Keyword: HAD" So Jackson just woke up one morning and decided to shun all his gang friends and family? Lol Hardly. He's still affiliated and that's a problem.

    • Anonymous

      "So Jackson just woke up one morning and decided to shun all his gang friends and family?" Since he's an industry nicca now, you can definetely count on that.

  • Anon

    At one point bill said im just fuckin with you then realized what he was saying lol

  • TRE

    "I just wanna know who is the gangsignologist in the NFL?" lmao Nas

  • Anonymous

    its cause theirs too many n!ggers in the urban areas. those disgusting chimps always bring crime into communities.

  • Anonymous

    Cooper made one remark and apologized. Jackson had ties to gangs which is like a ticking time bomb in the eyes of football owners. Nas is an idiot.

    • Anonymous

      Keyword: HAD. This whole thing doesn't make sense. If football owners are so worried about his gang-related past, why doesn't Jackson get dropped from the NFL in its entirety instead of switching teams?

  • Anonymous

    wtf was he doing in this white ass show, he only appeared onscreen for like a minute lol

  • Fuck Queensbridge

    New York in 2014 is Disneyland compared to what it was back in the 80's/90's. I know you're a rapper and you're supposed to be pessimist as opposed to singing "everything is gonna be alright", but damn, don't be so blatant with it.

    • Anonymous

      Cant shit compare the D and chitown on a crime tip trust and believe. ..

    • Anonymous

      I don't know about Chi/Detroit/everywhere else, but niggas just can't afford to live in NYC no more. Due to that, they have gone Down South and taken the hoods with them, so I'm with OP on this one. NYC has never been so safe. I'm always hearing people on the media talking about how the city has improved so much and crime has declined over the years. Even places I though were already completely lost like Flatbush, Bed Stuy and Bushwick are starting to look so yuppieish I'm feeling a little uncomfortable lol. I was at Ft. Greene the other day and was shocked to see a bunch of hipsters and not ONE black person at all. Some of my peoples at Morris Heights have felt it as well, one of my niggas was like "I went through a whole month without seeing a police car" LMAO I'm telling y'all, this ain't nothing like the old days. But anyway, only ignorant, selfish mofo's would like the city to go back to its gutter days

    • Fuck Queensbridge

      All the hoods you mentioned have already been gentrified. Even if they haven't they would still look a lot better than they looked back in the day.

    • Anonymous

      False. Yeah Midtown and downtown Manhattan is Disneyland add Downtown BK. There are still hoods in BK worse off (Brownsville, East NY, East Flatbush), Queens is getting better, BX is still shit mostly. One hood gets whiter you know another has to fuck up. Sure versus Chicago/Detroit NY takes the L.

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