Nas: “This is My Soil……I’m a Proud American”

by / June 4, 2014 Black News 28 Comments

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In the song “If I Ruled the World” Nas rapped about a fantasy world that he’d create if he were in charge. Among other things, the rapper said, “I’d free all my sons, I love em love em baby.” But although Nas understands the pitfalls of America, he recently told PBS’ Charlie Rose that he’s still a “proud American.”

Hip-Hop artist Nas sat down with the writers for Huck Magazine to discuss his greatest fear and regrets.


During the interview, Rose held up the rapper’s “Illmatic” album and remarked that it had between 20 years since the album’s release. This allowed Nas a moment of reflection.

When asked how things were different 20 years ago until now, Nas remarked that his view of America had changed.

“Well, I’ve always been a calm individual, but I’m a lot more calm, and I’ve changed in ways where I was once a rebel to America, and now I like America a lot more. I love America!”

Nas then explained that his perspective on America has changed due in part to what he now understands about how things work. He also admits that he wants to be a part something bigger than himself.

“I want to, I want to earn it. I want to, I want to, I’m like everybody else in this world and I just want to be a part of this whole human family and I don’t need to be accepted by anybody. But it’s better for me because now I can see different. I can see why certain things are the way they are, why the system works a certain way, and it doesn’t seem like a beast that I can’t conquer anymore. It feels like this is my soil, this is where I’m from, this is who I am. A proud American. There was a time when I didn’t feel that way.”

What do you think about what Nas said? Do you consider yourself a “proud American”?


28 Comment

  1. I consider myself an enslaved,stolen African living in America. Today’s slave master is the same as yesterday’s; white-supremacy/racism

  2. I hear u Nas.. I too am a proud black American but I ain’t proud of everything America does.

  3. I’m just proud to be a decent human being. I’m not at all proud of a lot of things America has done so I wouldn’t say I’m a proud American.
    People take too much pride in mere circumstance. None of us had any control over where we were born. Would we be any less proud if we were born in Kenya or Jamaica?

  4. I too am a proud African American who grew up through the 50’s and 60’s. Now, I too see things differently. Most of the work that I see that the world needs started in the mirror, with me. After adressing the positive changes needed in me, I was better able to assess and model changes needed in the world. (Love is all you need).

  5. I admit all the time I'm a proud American – I constantly say "I'm a peaceful proud patriotic pothead" — google it (Njweedman)

    I wouldn't want to be a citizen of any other country

  6. Me too – I’m pound to be an american!

  7. I agree with Nas. I am proud to be an American! The USA has freed more people from bondage and any other nation on earth. The US is far from perfect but no other nation can get close. I wish more rappers would believe in America considering how rich the US has made them. Nas’ comments show his maturity as a man giving another reason why he is ILLMATIC!

  8. I don’t think Nas’ change in his views on America reflect maturity or immaturity. They reflect acceptance of the BS rather than resisting. With age comes the lack of will and desire to openly resist the status quo. I agree with someone’s earlier comment, who cares what country you were born in. Allegiance and loyalty to a country is illogical because none of us agree 100% with how decisions are made and the results of those decisions. I used to say I am a proud black man, but as I gained more knowledge and realized that I am an amalgamation of various ethnicities, I realized that I was only limiting myself to a category that was unfairly placed on us in order to denegrate us and make us seem more evil and less human than other ethnicities. I am a proud man, and father. I will never be a proud American.

  9. Hey Nas if you did not know but Amerikkka stills consider you a Nigga or Nigger, whatever same thing. The Cracker watched you on stage at this years Summer Jam sipping on Hennessy straight from the bottle and they said there goes that Nigger Coon Nas again! Your a brain washed fool. Shame on you rapper coon.

  10. i don't know what to say about his opinion, but i can say this, being a Veteran and having traveled all over the world, which most of the average person hasn't and when they do. they go to the tourist spots. go to any other country outside of America( North American, excluding Mexico) and you'll see how they live. In Jamaica you getting robed not by the people but police. I remember one time in Mexico driving by a stop sign that was hidden behind another sign,it was either go to jail or pay up. go to
    Africa and deal with the child rebels. certain places in Europe. or Korea. and if you're not in a major city. forget about clean water, or having a toilet.
    we have a certain amount of freedom over here to act the fool. none of this nonsense is going down any where else. this ain't the best place but it ain't the worse. all of that going back to Africa dream, see(read) what happened to them over in the Congo. i'll deal with the nonsense here there anywhere else.and we won'e even talk about the prisons. i rather be poor here in the usa than anywhere else.

  11. Denigration is evidence we have something they want… don’t let anyone take you off of your game (especially in business matters) that’s what they learned in higher education. Love yourself and stand proud…

  12. I am aware of my mind body and soul and I am grateful for that not so much in being an American by default. One thing about being proud of ones political land (one that erected a government on land owned by no one) it questions if your pride is dependent on getting the things you want or on having financial freedom. I respect when a people who have had their country almost destroyed by the historical and present day wars and violence, and pillaging and are still content within. My faith is not in human creations, but in the Creator of all humanity.

    • Amen.Your perspective will define you…

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