Rapper Nas sat down with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and others to talk about his latest single, “Daughters.” The 38-year old father of two admitted that even though his 18-year old daughter, Destiny never thought he was a bad parent, he always felt as though he wasn’t there enough for her as a father.
Nasir also talked about how there’s a difference between raising a girl and a boy, the accidental birth date error at the beginning of his music video, “Daughters,” as well as how the conception of his daughter affected his music. And of course, the question about his continued use of the N-word came up:
ON HOW HIS DAUGHTER MADE HIM MINDFUL OF DEROGATORY WORDS:
[Before] my language about women, things, life, was a little crazy. So for a minute, when my daughter was born, I thought I couldn’t write anymore. Because she’s going to hear this stuff from her dad. So I started to make records that I thought she could listen to. I had a record called “I Know I Can” years ago and that was pretty cool. And she liked it. That was my way of giving back.
ON WHY HE CONTINUES TO USE THE N-WORD IN HIS MUSIC:
It’s street corner language. As I get older, the need for me to use it in my music is not so much as it used to be. But it’s like young language, young street corner music that winds up on the radio. And it speaks to a lot of young people in their language. Gotta be authentic.
Nas did end the interview by shouting out and wishing his daughter Destiny, a happy 18th birthday…and of course he got the date right this time around. *smiles* Peep the interview down below.