Nas Takes Us Back To The Motherland!
The New York rapper goes back to Africa on new album...
The new album from Nas and Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, is becomeing a very highly anticipated project in America. Nas claims that fans are in for a treat and somewhat an education on where we all come from, Africa.
In a recent interview Nas said that there are so many different reasons why the album is so Afrocentric, one of them being that he wants to encourage young people to learn about the continent.
He told VIBE Magazine: “That’s never a thought; you don’t want anybody thinking that you’re being preachy — I don’t like people being that way to me. I can’t explain what it is, something else takes over when we in the studio. When I hear [Damian Marley] mention Shaka Zulu, Incan warriors, I can see them rising up from the dead. I feel like we’re speaking to our ancestors with our music. I don’t have time to know what somebody [else] is getting out of the song.”
He added: “Yeah, it’s multiple reasons for it. We’re in the greatest country ever, in America, so any country that’s foreign to us is gonna not seem homely, especially a place that’s been so fucked over by other governments. Especially a place that seems so poor. The family tree root has been cut here in America. So when you’re talking about going back, you’re talking about a place that people don’t know as their home, and Africans who don’t see us as their people. But we’re their long lost brothers and sisters. There could be so much truth told about that continent that would encourage young people.”