NPR recently sat down with Nasir to talk Marvin Gaye, his recent divorce, Amy Winehouse, Rap Genius and much more. On revisiting Illmatic:
Were you surprised at how that record was received? Do you ever go back and listen to Illmatic?
I go back and I say, “I was really young to be thinking like this. I was in the storm.” I realized the reality for that kid — he didn’t want to accept it, that reality. He told you about his reality, but at the same time he wanted more from life. He didn’t know if he would live to see it but he knew there was more to life. I look at that kid, and I’m like, “Thank you. Thank you for doing what you did.”