Nas Speaks on Race Relations, Trump and Why Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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“I got time for actions. Anytime I’m speaking its action.” This is how the legendary Queensbridge MC Nas ended an open letter he wrote about his viewpoints on the state of politics and race in America. In a time where many hip hop artists are vocal on their social media about their disdain for Trump and the current political climate Nas chooses to stay quiet on his thoughts.

The reason?

Well simply put “I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a f___”. Continuing “My way of addressing these issues is through my work… My focus is on what’s happening with real people in their everyday lives…So I speak to the everyday people. If the people are bothered by it, I speak on it. If the people are bothered and want change, I speak on that.”

His stance, his voice, his opposition, his change for those who grew up looking and living like him is through his art, his music. “I move through actions, my music is action…I might have a song. I want to deliver and then do things around that song that represent that song. And that can represent people and change and help with the education of young people…I like ideas about helping kids in the inner city want to learn. Helping them want to be more. I’m all about being what you can be, because you never know”.

Growing up in a single parent home in Queens during the Reagan era Nas known back then as Nasir Jones lived during a time where laws were enacted that “ruthlessly destroyed the black community, put tons of us in prison on trumped up charges, and put us in jail for a long time over crimes that other people got a smack on the hand for. It [was] basically slavery”. But today he is doing all the things he ever dreamed of simply stating “I survived that”. And for that he wants to inspire those growing up behind him regardless of who may be in office. Because as he said in closing his letter “I don’t got no time for lippin’. I got time for actions. Anytime I’m speaking its action”.

 

To read his full letter published on Mass Appeal click Here

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