Henry Louis Gates Jr.’ PBS show “Finding Your Roots” is about going back five generations of your ancestors, helping you gain a larger sense of self and of from where you came. Nas was the latest guest on the acclaimed series and became visibly overcome with emotion when he reacheed a certain family member.
Nas was nearly brought to tears as he is shown a bill of sale for a slave, his own great great great grandmother, Pocahontas for $830. “A receipt for a human being,” he says. “This is painful now. To see that … that hurts.”
The legendary rappers learns even more about the man who bought his great great great grandmother and tells Gates Jr. that he’s more than considering buying the land where the man previously lived.
Watch the full episode below: