Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 4:45PM
Rap veteran Nas recently offered his take on the state of hip-hop, admitting he feels emcees are continuing to evolve, as while as how the the lines of race are blurring in rap music.
For Nas, the new generation of hip-hop is here to stay and is setting long-lasting trends in the meantime.
“We died to get where we at,” he continued. “This generation of hip-hop, we’re making a stance; we’re saying what we gotta say. We didn’t graduate Harvard, we didn’t graduate Princeton–nothing against them, they good schools. We’re setting trends. N*ggas is tastemakers, whatever the f*ck that means. We’re that, and then some. Because we’re all one, it don’t matter [if you're] Black, White, Asian, Saudi.” (XXL Mag)
Recently, the rap veteran admitted his lack of interest in the rap fads that dominated the early and mid-2000′s.
“I have to be totally honest,” Nas said. “I didn’t feel anything about Chingy or anybody else’s success during that time. Tell you the truth, it kind of gave me some time off. Time off to not have to keep coming and coming and coming. It just balances things – you can’t have everything… It is messed up for that real stuff when the pop-fluff stuff is everywhere; that does damage to things. But when you have faith in the artists that you love, you know they gonna pull through and bring something to the table.” (Billboard)
Last January, West Coast rapper, Lil B, said he felt hip-hop lost its essence.
“I’ve [taken] rap one hundred percent seriously for so long, that I see it now, it’s a joke to me now because with a lot of the rap artists that are in it, they’re not truly authentic,” Lil B reasoned in an interview. “How I feel about authentic is that my whole past is there. Anything that I talk about, you can just check up — Do I think rap’s a joke and I’m having fun? I’m not going to lie. Right now, it is a joke because my life has been so real. Life is so real, bro. I almost lost my life numerous times, like in the streets and everything.” (107.5 WGCI)
Recentlly, hip-hop veteran DJ Prince Paul told SOHH he thought hip-hop was hurting from a lack of passion.
“I think hip-hop is lacking genuine love,” Paul told SOHH. “I can’t even say we because the real hip-hop pioneers are like DJ Kool Herc even though people look at me and say, ‘Oh, you’re old school.’ But when I came in, we really fought for the respectiability of the art. People who are researching the genre always forget this part. A while ago, people did not respect hip-hop or rap music as a viable source of music. We weren’t allowed in awards shows and then once we were allowed in, it wasn’t televised. I remember when I went off to college and being one of the few black people. I remember mentioning hip-hop and people saying, ‘Ugh. That music?’ We fought for the music, we fought for the love of the music. It seems like back then we fought to get considered as artists and now it’s almost exploited. People are not like, ‘I love hip-hop and I’ll fight for it.’ Now the idea is, ‘I make money.’ It’s very little about the music and what can you ‘get’ from it. I think the love for the music is what’s been missing from hip-hop.” (SOHH)
Check out some recent Nas footage below:
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