A Long Convo With… Nas (Pg. 2)


How often are you able to see him?
My son was born with ice grills, so when his mom feels in the mood she sends pictures. If not, its hell. It’s hell trying to figure that out, trying to get him—I’ll just leave it at that. It’s hell. A man shouldn’t go through that shit, but it’s another story I’ma tell at a different time.

I hear you.
Overall he’s super good, and when I do get him there’s nothing better in the whole world. When I get both my kids together its beautiful.

How does Destiny like being a big sister?
She’s going on 16 and she’s been waiting for it for years. She’s been great by herself, but she’s been ready for years. She’s good.

That’s what’s up. So I remember seeing a rumor online that said you were getting your Kelis tattoo removed from of your forearm. Any truth to that?
No words about any tattoos came from me this year or last year. So I don’t know what that is.

Do you feel a certain way about having the tattoo now after everything that’s been going on?
[Laughs] I don’t really think about tattoos, I just think about adding more, you know what I’m saying?

Do you think you’d ever get another tattoo like that?
No comment.


You’ve described Malcolm X as a hero of yours. How do you feel about his convicted assassin recently being released from prison?
Had Lee Harvey Oswald been proven to really be the one who killed Kennedy, he most likely would’ve had life [in prison] or the death penalty. For a political leader like Malcolm, it’s almost like they let [Thomas Hagan] out because Malcolm’s murder wasn’t respected… This is not my opinion on him doing time. I don’t really have any words for that.

You’ve rapped about 2012, and we all remember Nastradamus’ Y2K theme. Would you call yourself an apocalypse theorist?
The shit the Mayans was talking about and cities in ruins—you can’t ignore nature. I put that in “Land Of Promise,” ’cause I’ve been to Telon, Mexico and Tultitlán and looked at the pyramids and the calendar that [stops] in 2012, like, wow, what did they know back then?  They had pretty sharp astrologists and scientists, so there’s something they’re trying to tell us, man.

So would you say you’re a believer in 2012?
How many times have they said the world’s gonna end and it didn’t? It’s just something that raises your curiosity. I’m not saying I believe and that this is going to happen. I’m just like everybody else. If it’s gonna happen, lets get it in before it goes down.

OK, so here’s the curveball. If 2012 marks the final days, will we get another Nas album before the end of the world?


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