Whether or not he’s sharing jewels with Nicki Minaj remains to be seen, but Nas is fed up and let his feelings be known in an open letter.
Through his own Mass Appeal site, Nasir is highly critical of the embattled Agent Orange and other such politicians, the always-controversial tactics of the police, and much more.
Some choice quotes:
… So where do I stand? I stand just as a man, doing what I have to do. Doing what I was born to do. No one can tell me who I am. No one can tell me where I can go and cannot go. No one can tell me what’s right based on what works for their system, and have me believe it. Nah.
… My way of addressing these issues is through my work. Whatever president may be in office doesn’t affect my work directly. The way he affects people is what affects me. I observe what’s going on and that goes into my creative process. The person himself, I’m not caught up with. I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a f**k.
… I got my own things to say and I been saying how I feel on the mic. Sometimes people ask me “Why you didn’t say this?” or “Why you didn’t talk about that?” You got a million people out here with a million different views and I heard it all. I talked about it all. I thought about most of the sh*t somebody could think of. I move through action. My music is action. What I’m giving you through my music is my actions.
… I might have a song I want to deliver and then do things around that song that represents that song. And that can represent people and change and help with the education of young people. I like those ideas. I like ideas about helping kids in the inner city want to learn. Helping them want to be more. I’m all about being what you can be, because you never know.
The entire piece can be read here.