Exclusive: "Nas Told His Guy, 'Go Back To Queens & Get The Iron. We Gonna Have A Problem"
Monday, Mar 19, 2012 5:20PM
Over the weekend, SOHH sat in on a discussion hosted by music executive Steve Stoute and rap veteran Nas during the annual South By Southwest Festival. Among the wide range of topics discussed, Stoute and the iconic emcee took time to speak on fatherhood and a very crazy night in Queens, New York.
According to Nas, he had just started getting comfortable cursing in his rhymes when his daughter entered the world, making him think twice about swearing on the mic.
"I was just gettin' loose [when she was born]. I had so many more "b*tches" to say, I was just really starting to wrap around these words ... and here she comes. And I think I was nervous to ... I was embarrassed to have her hear me talkin' like that. [Fatherhood] definitely changed the tone of things and not only musically, but in life. It calmed me down and kept me out of the street. I thought, 'I have to be here for somebody now.'" It affected the music big time.(SOHH)
Stoute went on to reminisce on one memorable and fateful night early in Nasty Nas' career where things got a little hectic, forcing Esco to instruct a friend to "go get the iron."
"We were at a hotel one time gettin' ready for a show," Stoute told the audience. "Nas always felt like guys that were gonna be after us. So Nas told his guy, 'Go back to Queens and go get the iron. We gonna have a problem.' The guy really comes back with an iron." Nas, laughing along with the audience, chimed in: "I remember that. That guy was dumb." (SOHH)
Nas' went on to talk about his music as his latest single, "The Don," made its way online earlier this month.
Nas comes back with a vengeance on "The Don," the heavy-hitting single off his upcoming 10th album. Produced by Salaam Remi, Da Internz, and the late Heavy D ("Heavy D gave this beat to Salaam for me to rap to"), the reggae-flavored tune features Nasty Nas in top form, touting tough bars over a rasta hook. Welcome back "The Don." (Rap-Up)
Last December, Esco discussed his forthcoming album, titled Life is Good.
"I'm coming out with an album next year. I'm getting my music ready and working on it constantly. There's no theme to it. Each song is about something totally different than the last. It's about regular life," Nas said in an interview. "Writing is good for you. If you don't use it, you lose it. It's good to work yourself and try yourself and see what you come up with. [My dad being a musician inspired me.] Yeah, definitely. But I was usually inspired by Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5 and Run DMC. Those guys really spoke to me. Miles Davis too. I really like jazz. It's smooth. (Miami Herald)
Check out a portion of Nas' talk with Steve Stoute and SXSW 2012 below: