News: ESPN Picks Nas For Andrew Luck & RG III-Fueled 2012 NFL Draft, "Every Rookie Has The Chance To Become A Hall Of Famer"
Thursday, Apr 5, 2012 10:26AM
As anxious sports fans await to see where top college football stars Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III land later this month, they will be graced by the sounds of rap star Nas and musician Gary Clark Jr. throughout the televised draft.
According to reports, the two musicians have been chosen to help back up the ESPN's NFL Draft Day coverage this month.
With the first two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft, ESPN selects Nas and Gary Clark Jr. The sports cable network said Thursday that the Queens rapper and Austin guitarist will collaborate on music for its live coverage of the NFL Draft from April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Two songs from Nas' forthcoming 10th studio album -- "Train" and "The Don" -- and Clark's "Bright Lights" will be used in highlight packages of draft prospects and as commercial bumpers. Nas will add some original lyrics to the Clark song as well. (Hollywood Reporter)
Nasty Nas also offered his take on ESPN recruiting him for the special broadcasts.
"I know this from experience: every rookie has the chance to become a Hall of Famer," Nas said. "It's why we never miss a game, even a play. Props to the NFL and ESPN for keeping us hooked on professional football all year round." Both acts have worked with ESPN before. Nas narrated a Sports Emmy-winning 2010 piece for the newsmagazine E:60 about amputees in Liberia who play soccer. Clark's songs were among those heard in ESPN and ABC's college football coverage last year. (Hollywood Reporter)
This year's top pick is expected to either be Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
The Indianapolis Colts held a private workout on Tuesday with quarterback Andrew Luck, with the NFL draft less than four weeks away and their choice for the No. 1 overall pick still undecided. Owner Jim Irsay didn't attend the workout. Irsay, however, mentioned the workout in a tweet on Tuesday morning and said the agent for Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III denied the team's request to hold a private workout with his client. (ESPN)
Outside of music and sports, Nas recently opened up on his personal life.
"Life is crazy," the famously private MC said. "I [wound] up paying more money to baby mommas than what some of my rap brothers and sistren make." At the time, several outlets reported that Kelis was seeking about $45,000 a month in child and spousal support from the father of two, daughter Destiny from a previous relationship and son Knight with the "Bossy" singer. The figure was formally reduced last year by a court to a $25,000 month, but the scrutiny left Nas scarred. "I've always been away from too much limelight and that right there put me in your -- no one's exempt from people probing into your life once you get into the game," he conceded. "So [the divorce] put a lot of my business out there, man. People weren't thinking I was making that kind of money, and now they knew." (MTV)
Check out a recent Nas interview below: