News: Nas Takes On The Media, "I'm Not Gonna Change My Music To Make It More Positive" [Video]

Monday, Oct 5, 2009 5:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-nominated rapper Nas recently addressed the media's suggestion that his violent songs encourage teenage violence and said he has no plans to change his lyrical content.

Speaking in light of last month's tragic death of 16 year-old Derrion Albert, Nas also said the youth are mature enough to tell the difference between fact or fiction in his rhymes.

"I think it's the obvious thing for the media to point out one of the most violent, lyrical records I made," Nas explained in an interview referring to "Shoot 'Em Up." "I made a lot of records about children, not a lot, but I made songs about children, about struggle and those are never the songs that are talked about. There's only attention on the songs where there's violence in it, but the reality is, I'm only speaking about reality...Music comes from life, I write about what I see, I write about what I lived, I write about what I see others live and I use a little bit of imagination to talk to them...I'm bugging out that kids aren't realizing it's a new day, it's a new time. The good die young and I'm always gonna talk about that in my music...I'm not gonna change my music to make it more positive because that's not real..." (CNN)

Writing via a blog posting, Nas also discussed Albert's death and explained the importance of life last week.

"Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars!," Nas wrote Monday evening (September 28). "Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool. Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But....We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over 'he say, she say'!!!!! 'I'm from this block or I'm from that block', or 'my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay'!!! I remember feeling like I was the hardest 'n*gga" breathing. And I couldn't wait to prove it. But let's think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household...Young warriors.... We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly! ..." (Global Grind)

Bow Wow has also pointed out the importance of using his celebrity status to garner the fans' attention and spark non-violence in communities.

"I just wanna first and foremost send my condolences to the whole Albert family, rest in peace," Bow Wow said in a self-made video. "We lost a young man who was an Honor Roll student, a kid I'm sure had a bright future and basically what I'm here to say is, I'm not trying to preach much, I just wanna say y'all, as young people, it's time for us to step up and take on responsibility. It's time for us to understand our role in life and understand that we are the next generation...We gotta stop this violence. We gotta stop the killing and killing one another...It's not just this situation, it's going on all around the world in every neighborhood, in your neighborhood...I'm doing my part, so you gotta do yours. And I encourage all my hip-hop peers and young hip-hop peers to take the stand too, and that's what I'm doing." (Global Grind TV)

The violent death made headlines late last month.

Four teenagers have been charged in the beating death of Albert, a 16-year-old who was beaten with railroad ties and stomped to death when he had the misfortune of walking into a street fight between two gangs of youths. It happened outside a Chicago community center, and police were able to identify suspects thanks to an amateur video of the fight. (Kansas City Star)

Check out Nas' interview speaking on his music below:

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