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In a recent interview with Huck Magazine, hip-hop artist Nas discussed his greatest fear, living life without regrets, and black male imprisonment. Read the full interview here: http://www.huckmagazine.com/features/nas/.
On Living Life Without Regrets:
No, I don’t have any regrets. The way we live is no regrets. Everything is a learning experience and your mistakes, when you go back to look at them, are just moments of being human. Those are my reference points. So I go back to those points. And I love those points when I didn’t do well because that meant I was just a human.
On His Greatest Fear:
To be scared. To achieve the things that I’ve achieved, fear had something to do with it, but it’s really not fear at the end of the day. KRS-One said years ago, “Here’s where the problem starts, no heart. Because of that a lot of groups fell apart.” […] The ones that came up and were just so talented that you didn’t understand what happened to them – a lot of them just didn’t have any heart. [They] wind up on drugs, or become bitter and just talk about people all day. They had no heart. And they make excuses for it.
On His Inspirations:
I respect intellectuals that had an education from a time before I was born. They were smarter. Today we all have a microwave education. Internet technology is fast-forwarding our education. I respect the guys who had to really read and learn, the guys from the generation before me, because of course, those guys had to pave the way. At the same time, my generation today has something fresh to offer and that’s what I am.
On Black Male Imprisonment:
I learned that statistic a long time ago. And I realized my beef wasn’t with another crew, or with my neighbor, my beef was with a system designed to destroy black men. That was one of the things that kept me out of jail early on. […] It’s all about population control and it’s also all about survival of the fittest. It’s a rough world. I’ve been realizing that people in my position need to go back to their communities to fight harder to save young lives. I should be back more. People in my position should be back more.
On How He’d Like to be Remembered:
I can’t answer that! I don’t care that much about how people think about me. While I’m here, a lot matters. When I’m gone, I’m gone. I don’t know, I’d be cheating myself if I told you that; I’d probably downplay myself, there’s probably someone that thinks of me more than I can. That should be outside of me. I probably don’t even know what it is that people think of me, really. So whatever it is, let it be.