New York rap veteran Nas recently revealed his greatest fear and one of the biggest motivational comments made by fellow hip-hop pioneer KRS-One.
For Nasty Nas, the one thing which makes him shook is the idea of being shaken up about something.
What’s your greatest fear? To be scared. To achieve the things that I’ve achieved, fear had something to do with it, but it’s really not fear at the end of the day. KRS-One said years ago, “Here’s where the problem starts, no heart. Because of that a lot of groups fell apart.” […] The ones that came up and were just so talented that you didn’t understand what happened to them – a lot of them just didn’t have any heart. [They] wind up on drugs, or become bitter and just talk about people all day. They had no heart. And they make excuses for it. (Huck Magazine)
Last year, God’s Son considered why his career has lasted for more than two decades.
“So many people think they’re relevant because they’re still alive. That’s not the case. Just because they stay alive, doesn’t make you relevant. Your music should mean something, and that’s what I always try to do. I don’t work hard on anything other than being me, and if that resonates and they say that’s relevant, that’s official. I get that question from so many people, ‘What makes you so relevant today when they’re not relevant?'” (Muve Music)
His longtime friend/producer Salaam Remi recently talked about Nas’ longevity in hip-hop.
“I mean, the reason why Nas is still here, after 21 years, I would give it to his instinct. There’s only three people that I can say have been around that long, and that’s Nas, Busta, and Mary. If you actually sit down with them, it’s not a coincidence why they’re still doing what they do. … People may not love every minute of what their careers are, but they’re still really clear on what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, how they’re appealing to their core, who’s been with them for 20 years, and how they’re going forward.” (Complex)
Back in 2010, Nasty Nas reflected on what his music represents in an ever-changing rap game.
“A lot of people are fronting, like, ‘I’m from this. I’m from that,'” he said in an interview. “Even the so-called [socially] conscious rappers, they claim ghetto. I love jewelry. I love cars,” he said. “And part of it is because cars fascinate me. Part of it is because of what social status it represents. … So I do talk about it [on recordings]. Every gangster I’ve ever known or every street dude I’ve ever known has a heart. They know about … more than girls and booty-shakin’. And that’s who I’m here to represent. All my peers are dead, fugitives or locked up.” (Sun-Sentinel)
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