Rapper Nas asks rappers to be more down-to-earth by taking risk of writing song lyrics about real life.
Rapper Nas has recently shared his thought about how hip hop lyrics should sound. He says that though most rappers have a luxurious life, they should not highlight their jet-set life in their verses. In a statement, he says, "When you first get into the music business, you're excited to be there, you want to make records that everybody's loving. But, after you've got years in the game, you wanna give people the real side of you, show people some character."
Furthermore, Nas also says that the rappers should not forget about the unfortunates. According to him, they should write more songs focusing on the real life where many people out there experience harsh things. "Life is good; there's yachts, there's nice cars, there's movie roles. We overcame... but, in the middle of all that... you can't forget about the ones that didn't make it with us. Life is good, but that still doesn't erase all the horror out here," says Nas.
Nas has sparked controversy through his latest untitled album by initially calling it as "Nigger". Some say that the title carried a racial message and therefore should be scrapped off. His label, Universal, actually gave no comment about the title. However, the controversy had grown even more serious when an assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries forced Thomas DiNapoli to withdraw his fund from Universal if Nas didn't change the title.