three people ecstatic on beach wallpaper

I wanted to say what wasn't being said. I wanted to give people a real story. I wanted people to know people like me exist in the world.

--Nas


bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

My record company had to beg me to stop filmin' music videos in the projects. No matter what the song was about, I had 'em out there.

--Nas

woman in red knit sweater holding lemon

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.

--Nas



red rose

My duration's infinite, money-wise or physiology.

--Nas
silhouette of mountain during sunset

And the stuff that I write, is even tougher than dykes.

--Nas
desk with laptop

You're supposed to be who you are. You're supposed to make music that is true to you.

--Nas


brown and white short coated dog wearing blue and yellow shirt

What you base your happiness around?

Material, women, and large paper?

That means you inferior, not major.

--Nas
gray and black laptop computer on surface

Some seek fame cause they need validation,

Some say hating is confused admiration.

--Nas
white and black soccer ball on grass field

Street's disciple, my raps are trifle.

I shoot slugs from my brain just like a rifle.

--Nas
silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset

Niggas hate what they can't understand, fear what they can't conquer.

--Nas

bare tress and mountain

You lose money chasing women, never lose women chasing money.

--Nas
group of people sitting on white sand during daytime

I know you think my life is good 'cause my diamond piece,

But my life been good since I started finding peace.

--Nas
photography of lake near tree

I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.

--Nas
bird at pier

I don't kill soloists only kill squads.

--Nas

lion on green grass during golden hour

Sunlight and seeing something that was a thought become a thing and materialize -- that makes me come alive.

--Nas


adult short-coated brown dog near green leaf plant

Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we get high
Cause you never know when you're gonna go.

--Nas
gold and silver tube bottle

Props is a true thug's wife.

--Nas

orange tabby kittens

You know the block was ill as a youngster

Every night it was like a, cop would get killed body found in the dumpster.

--Nas
grayscale photo of man in dress shirt and pants

Big up to Flex. Stop taking so much cizock in his mizouth.

--Nas
landscape photography of mountain

Let the music diffuse all the tension.

--Nas
gray building

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.

--Nas

red and blue light digital wallpaper

My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers.

--Nas

long exposure photography of trees

I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I'm still a supporter of it.

--Nas
blue and white abstract painting

All fatherhood is very important because single mothers shouldn't have to raise sons or daughters; they need that help.

--Nas

shallow focus photo of green leaves

Hip-hop is bigger than the South; hip-hop is bigger than New York.

--Nas
person holding gray leaf

To me, creatively challenging myself is my version of owning the Nets.

--Nas
adobe wall

I like the way hip-hop is now. It's grown up enough so that it can get involved with politics if it feels like it.

--Nas
woman standing on beachfront

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.

--Nas
castle surrounded fog

Anybody I'm dating, I don't want them to talk about my music. I don't talk about my music to them.

--Nas

photography of lake near tree

I'll always love rap, no matter what's going on.

--Nas
white and blue floral textile

Let's not forget, art can sell. You ain't gotta front all the time on your records.

--Nas
gray and white tabby cat with white background

I can't control what people think. They know who I am.

--Nas
white wooden dock on white sand

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.

--Nas
blue and white striped textile

Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight.

--Nas
silhouette of person jumping during dawn

I had a pretty public divorce. They're not easy -- divorces -- and it took me a long time to really get through.

--Nas
silhouette of man standing on seashore during sunset

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.

--Nas
person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

I have no tattoos that I regret -- I have had some that I have had changed according to how my life was.

--Nas








black and white papilio butterfly

No matter who you are, black, white, green, there's going to be things in your way, you know what I mean?

--Nas
man hugging woman

We're all Africans, everyone -- black, white, yellow.

--Nas

body of water surrounded with plants under cloudy sky

No one's promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.

--Nas
blue sky

I'm just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better.

--Nas
sunset

I don't get jealousy, I don't get how people hate each other -- I never did.

--Nas


sunset grasslands

Every generation witnesses atrocities. People in power try to fulfill prophecy.

--Nas
1 us dollar bill

With age comes common sense and wisdom.

--Nas

aerial photography of trees on mountain

Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career.

--Nas
orange moon during nighttime

Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle.

--Nas

black and white butterfly perched on green leaf

I want to have fun. It's a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.

--Nas

red and yellow abstract painting

I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means -- I love art.

--Nas
green trees under blue sky at daytime

I just enjoy life now. I just enjoy every morning I get to wake up.

--Nas
black and gold metal coin operated telescope

The flaws, the mistakes I make -- that's the real me.

--Nas

low angle photograph of man and woman kissing

I don't go out unless I'm working. My quality time is when I'm doing nothing.

--Nas
brown short coated dog sitting on gray carpet

Your look reflects what's happening in your mind. You gotta have some swag to you.

--Nas
blue sky with stars during night time

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.

--Nas
orange tabby kitten

Anybody can be a rapper, but not anybody can be a classical artist.

--Nas

pink flower with green stem

The sound of the '90s, to me, is a combination of soul and street -- it's a feeling.

--Nas

We wish you a perfect day!