Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. The son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and has sold over 25 million records worldwide. He is also an entrepreneur through his own record label; he serves as associate publisher of Mass Appeal magazine and is the owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Mass Appeal Records. Nas is often named as one of the greatest hip hop artists.
No One's Promised Anything. You Could Have The Biggest Record On Radio And Sell No Records.
'Life Is Good' Represents The Most Beautiful, Dramatic And Heavy Moments In My Life.
Once You Make It To Your Point Of Making It, You'll Appreciate The Struggle.
The Flaws, The Mistakes I Make - That's The Real Me.
Djs Play A Big Responsibility Of What Hip-hop Is Doing... At The End Of The Day, It's Up To Us To Control And To Own Hip-hop. Djs Need To Challenge Us Rappers. They Got So Much Power, They Need To Challenge Us.
I Don't Go Out Unless I'm Working. My Quality Time Is When I'm Doing Nothing.
I Just Enjoy Life Now. I Just Enjoy Every Morning I Get To Wake Up.
I'm Not Talking About Russia In My Music. I've Never Been To Russia. I'm Not Talking About Africa, Switzerland, China. I'm Talking About Me Being American And Growing Up In A Crazy World And Helping To Reflect All Different Sides Of Life.
Unfortunately, Man, A Lot Of Places In America Have To Deal With Unnecessary Violence. Somebody Like Me Who Knows It Firsthand And Could Relate... I Had A Best Friend Killed, Plenty Other Friends Killed. I Been Through It. I Seen It.
I Think If I Heard Someone Else Talking About Their Life, Describing All The Problems I've Had, They'd Look Like They Were Through. Done. But There's Something About Me - I'm Smiling. Those Things Are Really Not Bad Enough To Put Me In A Slump. I'm Smiling With The Opportunity To Wake Up Every Morning.
I Love The Art World, I Love Art Galleries, I Love What It Means - I Love Art.
You Can't Please Everybody. You'd Be Crazy If You're Trying To. So Take Some Time Out To Do Some Things For Yourself.
Hip-hop Is The Streets. Hip-hop Is A Couple Of Elements That It Comes From Back In The Days... That Feel Of Music With Urgency That Speaks To You. It Speaks To Your Livelihood And It's Not Compromised. It's Blunt. It's Raw, Straight Off The Street - From The Beat To The Voice To The Words.
When You Have A Daughter, You Want To Protect Her From The Things That I've Seen Out There, You Know, The Things That's Out There That Ain't Good For Her. It's A Crazy World We Live In.
Your Look Reflects What's Happening In Your Mind. You Gotta Have Some Swag To You.
When I Say 'Hip-hop Is Dead,' Basically, America Is Dead. There Is No Political Voice. Music Is Dead.
With Age Comes Common Sense And Wisdom.
Every Generation Witnesses Atrocities. People In Power Try To Fulfill Prophecy.
I Think Hip-hop Could Help Rebuild America, Once Hip-hoppers Own Hip-hop... We Are Our Own Politicians, Our Own Government, We Have Something To Say. We're Warriors. Soldiers.
Hip-hop Lasted And Survived All These Years That You Have To Give It Credit. Even Though It's Not Up To People's Expectations Anymore, Its Still Here, And That's Says A Lot.
Some People Say I'm Conscious, Some Say I'm A Gangsta Rapper - It's Just Me Doing Me. I'm Stomping In My Own Lane. I'm Doing What I Do.
I'll Always Love Rap, No Matter What's Going On.
Calling Michelle 'Obama Barack's Baby Mama?' Tell Me, Is That Acceptable? But The Obamas Aren't The Only Targets. Fox's Pattern Of Race-baiting And Fear-mongering Regularly Focuses On Black Leaders, Black Institutions And Ordinary Black People.
I Don't Want Any Title. I Just Say What I Say, And Hopefully Somebody Gets It, Man. I'm Not Perfect, And I'm Just Here And Trying To Make A Dollar, And Being Real At The Same Time, You Know?
All Fatherhood Is Very Important Because Single Mothers Shouldn't Have To Raise Sons Or Daughters; They Need That Help.
I Don't Get Jealousy, I Don't Get How People Hate Each Other - I Never Did.
I Never Stood For Any President In My Life, Never Voted, Before Barack Obama. It Changed My Life To Vote. It Starts There With Me. I Never Cared For Politics Before Barack Obama. I Never Thought It Mattered To People Like Me.
I Have No Tattoos That I Regret - I Have Had Some That I Have Had Changed According To How My Life Was.
I Think The Fact That I Made Enough Noise In The World That I Might Be Remembered Is An Amazing Achievement. You Can't Ask For More Than That.
Hip-hop Is Really Standoffish. It's Really Competitive And It's Really About Who's Number One All The Time. Sometimes It Gets Out Of Hand.
The Sound Of The '90s, To Me, Is A Combination Of Soul And Street - It's A Feeling.
Divorce Can Be Crazy. Man, If You're Happy... Love Is A Beast, Man. Hold On. Be Prepared For Any Way It May Go, And Be Honest.
I Wish The Music Business Was A Much Easier Thing, But You Know What? Nothing Easy Is Worth Anything. So It Is What It Is. There Comes A Time When Things Can Work Out And Everybody Can Be Happy. And That's What It's All About In The End - Everybody Being Happy And Working It Out.
Man, Me And Biggie Were The Biggest Artists In New York. When He Passed, I Was So Messed Up. My Attitude Was Messed Up About Him Dying. There Was An East-west Thing Back Then, And I Was In War Mode.
I Talk About Life, And I Make Universal Music With An American Style - And That's What I Do.
I Don't Have Time For The News Clippings. I Got My Own Mission.
Africa Has Been Going Through So Much For So Many Years; It's Time That It Stands Up The Way Other Nations Are Standing Up.
You Know, Rap Is Sort Of Like A Form Of Talking, Right? So It's Like You Can Hear, You Know, The Slaves Doing It. You Can Hear, Like, You Know, Africans And Jamaicans Doing It Just Kind Of As, Like, A Rhythmic, Poetic Conversation, You Know, To A Rhythm.
No Matter Who You Are, Black, White, Green, There's Going To Be Things In Your Way, You Know What I Mean?
N.y. Hip-hop Is Ok, But We Gotta Become Brave Again; We Have To Be Brave Enough And Do Something New - That's What New York Is About... New.
My Earliest Memories Of Rap Music Was Mixed With My Earliest Memories Of Reggae Music. They Were Big Sounds Around The Way, Heavy Bass Lines, Strong Messages, Definitely.
There Was A Side Of Me That Knew I Was Gonna Change The Game, But I Didn't Know How Many People Would Respect It.
I Can't Control What People Think. They Know Who I Am.
I Definitely Have Plans To Do More Collaboration Albums In The Future. I'm A Big Fan Of Common. I'm A Big Fan Of Scarface; I'm A Big Fan Of So Many People, From Jeezy To... Well, There Are A Lot Of People's Music That I Respect. I Don't Know Who I Will Collaborate With, But There's A Great Chance Of Something Happening.
The Things That I Have Said When I Was Young And Curious About Whatever The Subject Matter Was, I Respect Those - Those Are Growing Pains. Even If You Make Mistakes, I Go Back To Those Things, My Not-so-great Moments Because Those Are My Truest Moments; Those Are My Human Moments. I'm Not Even Mad At The Things I Said That Were A Little Dicey.
Hip-hop Is Making A Lot Of Noise. It Should Get Some More Spotlight.
Anybody Can Be A Rapper, But Not Anybody Can Be A Classical Artist.
'Stillmatic' Is The Rebirth Of 'Illmatic,' My First Debut Album To Come Out In 1994. 'Stillmatic' Is Me Coming Full Circle In My Career And With Everything, And Just Bringing Pure Hip-hop Back.
I'm Just Little Me, An American Who Wants To See His Country Do Better.
I Love Pbs! I Grew Up On It. If I Had To Say Which Channels Were Good, I'd Say, You Got Your Pbs, Your History Channel, Your Discovery.