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Nas: Be A Nigger Too

There are a handful of artists I feel truly connected to because of the content of their work: the isolation of being Morrissey, Jay Jay Johanson’s functional depression, and the eccentric embrace of Andrew Bird but none of them speak as directly to my core as Nas does.

I remember the first time I heard Illmatic, I was like 9 or 10 and I remember being blown away by all the cursing (it is probably why I curse so much). I’d sit around the kitchen and just listen to him strings coherent words together that just draw me in – I knew even at that age he was talking to me and this shit was important. In fact it was the first album that taught me life’s a bitch and then unfortunately you death (which is oddly an idea that both Morrissey and Jay Jay embrace). From that moment I knew this nigga knew not only who I was inside but also outside. I’m not one to actually focus on skin color (besides when a nigga is blue-black) but Nas has a way of describing the realest elements of being Black in America in 16 bars – something my white musical influence can’t do.

No one song of Nas’ speaks to me with as much power as his “Be A Nigger Too”. I feel like that is the young, black, and urban anthem. While his counterparts spit lines about the hoes they fucked and the jewels they bought, Nas is kicking knowledge. He’s trying to express Blackness in its purest form and being “black” is definitely something I take serious. How could I not? I’m constantly reminded by the people around me whether its positive or negative.

Regardless, hats off to big homey for writing music that actually makes me sit down and think too.

This is my openin scripture – I’ve been preparin this album
my whole life, might be uncomfortable for most you listeners
Satin’s bombardin me with propositions, but I decline
I started in the Bridge without a pot to piss in
I overcame all the opposition
My teachers told that I’d a broken mayne on a cot in prison
Cloaked in the finest drapes, not bathe in napes
But we still filthy, Supreme Court say we still guilty
This is the Genesis, and I don’t even see a worthy arch nemesis
I get loose like the Jena Six, they put a noose on ‘Pac
now I’m defendin Vic, and free that nigger TIP
I’d take the grave or a bid
to let some dirty clan members run up in my crib
and plant cracks on the man that’s goin to church
Plants packs on the man that’s goin to work
and build cases, meanwhile they daddies and they brothers
is recruitin all my brothers and cousins to fill bases
The nerve of y’all to call Escobar racist
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger hatred

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MTV’S 2009 HOTTEST MCS LIST

Drake isn't at the top but he could definately be one.

Drake isn't at the top but he could definately be one.

10. Raekwon
9. 50 Cent
8. Fabolous
7. Young Jeezy
6. Gucci Mane
5. Rick Ross
4. Kanye West
3. Drake
2. Lil Wayne
1. Jay-Z

What the fuck at the list of hottest MCs of 2009 as decided by MTV. I agree with 100% with 1st and 2nd, Drake should not be number 3 (and I’m saying this as a huge fan). Also where the fuck is Eminem (I’m not even a fan and I realize his skill and appeal) and Nas (how the fuck did MTV ignore one of the greatest MCs of all time on this list?). Yeah Untitled aka Nigger was released in 2008 but Hero got them plays in 2009. This just proves to me that MTV is not only full of shit but have no clue what the fuck they are talking about if they seriously have Rick Ross and 50 Cent on this list. All 50 did this year was heckle Rick Ross and put out fucking video games. As for Rick Ross, are you fucking kidding? Ricky shouldn’t be on this list and Deeper Than Rap was fucking shit and sold the least of all the rappers on this fucking list so that nigga being number 5 is a fucking joke.

This is how that list should read:

10. Raekwon
9. Gucci Mane
8. Fabolous
7. Young Jeezy
6. Kanye West
5. Drake (He’s only this high because I want him)
4. Nas
3. T.I.
2. Lil Wayne
1. Jay-Z

One more thing, MTV fuck you for putting Raekwon the Chef on this list but never playing any of his music on your channel.

Real Talk: Nas Writes to Derrion Albert Killers

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Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong wars! Killing each other is definitely played out. Being hurt from the lost of a love one was never cool.

Dear Young Warriors fighting the wrong war! I know that feeling, that frustration with life and needing to take it out on someone, any one. But….

We chose the dumbest things to go the hardest for. I remember seeing deaths over 8 ball jackets, Fila sneakers, and name plate chains. Deaths over “he say, she say”!!!!! “I’m from this block or I’m from that block”, or “my moms n pops is f*cked up now the whole world gotta pay”!!!

I remember feeling like I was the hardest “n*gga” breathing. And I couldn’t wait to prove it. But let’s think. What are we really proving?? And proving what to who?? Everybody knows Chicago breeds the strongest of the strong but I just feel, me, being ya brother from another state feels your pain as if I grew up with you in ya very own household.

You have the ability and mindpower to change they way we are looked at. Look who’s watching us young warriors, look who’s throwing us in jail constantly, look at the ignorance in the world. Look at the racist dogs who love to see us down. Loving to bury us in the ground or in jail where we continue this worthless war on one another.

Young warriors…. We are WASTING more and more time. We gotta get on our jobs and take over the world. Cuz this movie left the theaters years ago, Juice, Menace, Boys n the Hood , Blood n Blood Out, Belly!

When we see each other why do we see hatred? Why were we born in a storm, born soldiers, WARRIORS….and instead of building each other up we are at war with each other.. May the soul of this young person find peace with the almighty. I’m with you young warriors. You’re me and I’m you. But trust me! you are fighting the wrong war.
This sh*t sucks !!

-Nas

Source: Global Grind

This is situation really hurts my heart and all my love and prayers goes out to the families of all these kids.