As one of our generation’s most thought-provoking poets, Nas’ talents as a writer and a lyricist cannot be questioned. The wisdom that this MC has imparted through his music has touched many individuals, whether intentionally or by accident. While Nas is one of the greatest lyrically, his intelligence and imagination make him one of the most profound writers of the Hip-Hop generation.
I chose to pay tribute to Nas by highlighting some of his most insightful quotes; words that he’s said that have influenced or even become personal mantras for many. While I feel that Hip-Hop culture possesses some of the greatest contemporary thinkers and orators to speak on the plight of urban America, Nas’ quotes deserve special homage because much of what he has written can be applied to everyday life. Like many great thinkers before him, Nas’ words deserve credit and recognition for the lives that they continue to touch.
#1 “Those who know don’t talk and those who talk don’t know a thing…”
From “Some of Us Have Angels”, NAStradamus (2000).
One of my personal mantras and a favorite Nas quote. Simple and honest words to live by.
#2 “Never sleep/Cuz sleep is the cousin of death…”
From “NY State of Mind”, Illmatic (1994).
Here Nasty Nas warns about procrastination becoming one’s deterrent. Wake up and pay attention, class is in session!
#3-”Love changes/A thug changes and best friends become strangers…”
“The Message”, It Was Written (1997).
I never met a Hip-Hop listener (Nas fan or not) who couldn’t relate to this gem of wisdom. No stranger to “frenemies” (see Nas’ history of strained relationships, past and present, professional and personal, i.e: Jay-Z, Cormega, Prodigy, even his baby’s mama Carmen)-Nas speaks the undeniable truth about inevitable changes that can affect a relationship of any kind. Word life….
Want more jewels? Stay tuned for Pt. Two….