NAS for the latest issue of HUCK Magazine
On what he finds exciting in hip hop now?
I like Azealia Banks, I like Nicki [Minaj]. Those are the girls that are currently in the game. I like A$ap Rocky, Big Sean.
On Women in hip hop today:
It is women’s time but women are under the illusion that they’re being blocked, so women have to stop playing man’s game when it comes to the artistic shit. They have to just go and do it. Stop worrying about where you fit in. Just go and do it.
On how do he keeps things fresh + Why he keeps making music:
It’s like anything else. Like that Woody Allen film [Whatever Works]. Just let life be life. I don’t care about the extra shit. The extra shit going on has nothing to do with me. I’m doing something I was a part of since my young age and something that is fresh and new to the world. Like Grandmaster Kass said, “Hip hop didn’t invent anything. Hip hop re-invented everything.” So I’m in that movement of re-inventing what was already done. That’s what hip hop is, sampling life and adding on. I’m just enjoying life. Life is good.
On his greatest fear:
To be scared. To achieve the things that I’ve achieved, fear had something to do with it, but it’s really not fear at the end of the day. KRS-One said years ago, “Here’s where the problem starts, no heart. Because of that a lot of groups fell apart.” […] The ones that came up and were just so talented that you didn’t understand what happened to them – a lot of them just didn’t have any heart. [They] wind up on drugs, or become bitter and just talk about people all day. They had no heart. And they make excuses for it.
On how he would like to be remembered:
Oh no, I can’t answer that! I don’t care that much about how people think about me. While I’m here, a lot matters. When I’m gone, I’m gone. I don’t know, I’d be cheating myself if I told you that; I’d probably downplay myself, there’s probably someone that thinks of me more than I can. That should be outside of me. I probably don’t even know what it is that people think of me, really. So whatever it is, let it be.
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