Rap veteran Nas recently talked about progressing through his relationship problems with estranged wife/singer Kelis by working on the new collaboration album, Distant Relatives.
Nas said working alongside Damian Marley was beneficial.
“Personal life is what it is,” he said Monday (May 17). “Everybody goes through it. Working on this record got me through it. Rockin’ with D got me through it. His whole squad, his whole team, the way he rides, his whole culture. He didn’t have to push anything on me. He didn’t have to say anything particular. Just, I know this is my brother right here. Rockin’ with him, I kept my head clear and focused on what we was doing, so it was all good.” (MTV)
Recently, Nas opened up about his child custody battle with Kelis.
“He’s like nine months. He’s crawling, pulling himself to stand up,” Nas said in an interview. “He said the word ‘stick’ about a month ago. He’s been talking for about two months, saying little words here and there…He was picking up on things very young, like two to three months if not sooner. It just throws you that we’re born knowing what’s up…My son was born with ice grills, so when his mom feels in the mood she sends pictures. If not, its h*ll. It’s h*ll trying to figure that out, trying to get him–I’ll just leave it at that. It’s h*ll. A man shouldn’t go through that sh*t, but it’s another story I’ma tell at a different time. Overall he’s super good, and when I do get him there’s nothing better in the whole world. When I get both my kids together its beautiful.” (VIBE)
Recent reports showed that Nas is unable to pay out Kelis’ spousal and child support.
Nas claims he can’t afford to pay Kelis the child and spousal support ordered by the court. As we first reported, a court ordered Nas last month to pay more than $87,000 in back spousal and child support. The judge also ordered Nas to pay Kelis $10,000 a month in spousal support to stay current. It’s unclear how much Nas is required to pay in monthly child support. Nas says in the new legal docs obtained by TMZ … the judge predicated the order on Nas making $152,031 a month, but the rapper says he makes “substantially less than that amount.” Nas’ lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, is asking the judge to take another look at the damage to Nas’ wallet. (TMZ)
Nas has also said he is ready to move on and care for his family.
A Los Angeles judge dismissed the contempt allegation against the rapper Monday after he paid nearly $50,000 in child support to his estranged wife Kelis. Kelis’ attorney sought the contempt charge earlier this year after Nas fell $200,000 behind on child and spousal support payments. He was ordered in December to pay more than $51,000 a month to Kelis and their infant son. In a statement released Wednesday, Nas says, “All I want to do is make music and raise my kids. Nothing else matters.” (Associated Press)
Check out some past Nas & Kelis footage down below: