Rap veteran Nas has shared his two cents on Common recently making headlines for being called out by Fox News as a “vile” rapper after being invited to a White House poetry event by First Lady Michelle Obama last week.
In addition to calling Fox News an organization filled with geezers, Nasty Nas also suggested the controversial outlet was internally shook.
“The people who feel like Common shouldn’t be performing are really old in their thinking,” Nas said. “It’s like your grandparents have a microphone, and not even smart grandparents — just ignorant grandparents…It scares the h*ll out of them. They feel like an endangered species in their way of thinking. People that are not open to change are just miserable.” (MTV)
Last night, Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart debated Common’s invite and defense of a female cop killer.
“They found 16 live rounds in her purse, and this guy thinks she’s great,” O’Reilly said, referring to Assata Shakur. “Common wasn’t even born when this crime took place.” Assata Shakur was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973, but she escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba. The United States still has a $1 million dollar reward for Shakur’s capture. (All Hip Hop)
The “Daily Show” host addressed O’Reilly directly and questioned why Fox News unfairly targets artists especially when it favors the organization.
“I can’t speak for him, because I’m not him. I can rap, I rapped on the show, I think it was impressive,” Jon Stewart said. “You are saying that he is promoting cop killing. What I think he’s doing is not celebrating, but honoring someone he thinks was wrongly convicted of cop killing…There is a collective outrage machine here at Fox that pettifogs only when it suits the narrative that suits them… But then guess what? Bono can’t go to the White House, [Bruce] Springsteen can’t go to the White House, Bob Dylan can’t go to the White House. You got a lot of people that aren’t allowed to sit in the White House because they’ve written songs about people convicted of murder.” (Fox News)
No stranger to Fox News, in summer 2008, Nas protested against them claiming the organization promoted racist propaganda.
“The [Color of Change] organization saw me as someone who could be a part of it, and they reached out,” Nas said in July 2008. “I was like, ‘H*ll yeah, I’m a part of it!’ This is a network that’s been going after rappers — yet Bill O’Reilly uses the phrase ‘lynching party’ for a woman. That’s the worst term I’ve ever heard to disrespect a woman, and he says it on television. And he doesn’t like rappers? Wow.” (Gothamist)
Check out a portion of the “Common” debate below: