News: "I Have To Be Totally Honest. I Didn't Feel Anything About Chingy Or Anybody Else's Success"
Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012 9:04AM
Rap veteran Nas recently opened up on the early 2000's state of hip-hop and why rappers like Chingy flew under his radar during a brief reign of pop-sounding records.
According to Nas, the splurge of commercial hits allowed him to take time away from the recording studio nearly a decade ago.
"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 spring, Chingy talked to SOHH about taking a three-year music break.
"When I was gone for the three and a half years, off the scene, people really got to understand that I have a personal life, and in that personal life I lost a lot of close people to me," Chingy told SOHH. "I lost three of my closest friends, I lost my auntie, I lost my little cousin, I lost my girl cousin, I lost my granddaddy, I lost a couple of friends. People don't see that. They just see that you don't have a song on the radio and you [haven't released] a video. They don't see your real life and the things you go through. A lot of these people [no longer being around] hurt me and I didn't even want to make music. I was sick of the whole life. I just got sick of it. I was still working on music but I just didn't care about being in the light because I was going through so much. And with going through that and having to deal with all these fake rumors that were fabricated, I was going through a lot and people didn't know saying, 'Oh, he doesn't have a song or CD out.' They're not seeing what I'm going through and can't see my personal life. They're on the outside looking in." (SOHH)
Last January, West Coast rapper Lil B said he still feels hip-hop has 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 felt 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 a recent Nas interview below: