Throughout Nas’ illustrious career as a Hip-Hop artist, his message could be described as conflicted. Over the years we’ve seen a side of Nas that is misogynist, pugilistic and violent but we’ve also seen a side of Nas that is conscious, spiritual and even sensitive. But one thing any Hip-Hop enthusiast can say about Nas, throughout his entire career – is that he’s been groundbreaking. From his Illmatic debut, to his historic battle with Jay-Z, to his most recent album entitled “Hip-Hop is Dead” – Nas has consistently been on the front lines as one of the most innovative, provocative and imaginative emcees who has ever lived. In 2008, he continues to carry the torch with a new release – a song called Black President. You can listen to it here. Here are a few excerpts:
a president is needed,
you know these colored folks and Negros,
hate to see one of they own succeed’n,
America surprised us and let a black man guide us…
on a positive side, i think Obama provides hope,
And challenges minds or all races and colors,
To erase hate, and try to love one another, so many political snakes,
We in need of a break, I’m thinking I can trust this brother,
But will he keep it way real,
every innocent nigga in jail get shot up in the field?
When he wins will he really care still?
We aint falling for the same traps,
standing on the balconies
where they shot the king at,
McCain got apologies, ain’t nobody hearing that,
People need honesty!
So what do yall think? Is Nas on the money or is this just a publicity stunt for his new “untitled” album (previously entitled Nigger).