News: Nas Talks Longevity In Rap, "All My Peers Are Dead, Fugitives Or Locked Up"

Friday, Feb 5, 2010 1:40PM

Written by Biz Jones

Grammy-nominated rapper Nas recently spoke on his role in hip-hop and how he continues to be leading voice in the rap game.

According to the rap veteran, he represents the unheard voice and thoughts of the streets.

"A lot of people are fronting, like, 'I'm from this. I'm from that,'" he said in an interview. "Even the so-called [socially] conscious rappers, they claim ghetto. I love jewelry. I love cars," he said. "And part of it is because cars fascinate me. Part of it is because of what social status it represents. ... So I do talk about it [on recordings]. Every gangster I've ever known or every street dude I've ever known has a heart. They know about ... more than girls and booty-shakin'. And that's who I'm here to represent. All my peers are dead, fugitives or locked up." (Sun-Sentinel)

Rapper Bow Wow recently said he was prepared for Nas to drop a new LP.

"I'm ready for a new Nas Album," he wrote yesterday (February 4). "1st day starting on my new album. @RealDjKayslay @bowwow614 when u got tht banger.. ima blow it up in NY<== yessir big homie. thank you. anything you need from me let me kno." (Bow Wow's Twitter)

Currently working on his Distant Relatives collaboration project with reggae emcee Damian Marley, Nas spoke on the project's overall vibe last month.

"Reggae and hip-hop are cousins,'' he said in an interview. "Go back before the '90s and think about the music that was playing on the ghetto blasters and you'll hear it...The whole world is likefamily, split up all over the place. It's overdue, and I want to help build whatever we can [in Africa]. I've worked with a lot of reggae artists, like Sizzla and Supercat, but not until [2005's] Jamrock did I get a chance to work with Damian. I love his music and I'm a big fan of Bob Marley and the whole family. We haven't worked out any tour dates yet. But I'm sure Damian and I will do something soon." (Miami Herald)

A single from the album was released in late January.

It seems the title was changed from 'Only The Strong' to 'Strong Will Continue'. This is the rumored first single from the upcoming Distant Relatives album produced by Damian & Stephen Marley. I'm feeling this. Exclusive info: Album has been pushed back to April 20th. (Hip Hop N More)

Distant Relatives will reportedly be released Tuesday, April 20th.

Check out some past Nas footage down below:

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