Nas feels like a lot of the rappers out these days are afraid to be themselves and be honest.
During an interview with Michael Eric Dyson, the legendary emcee opened up about fugazi rappers, and said he doesn’t see enough upcoming emcees who are brave enough to be honest in their music.
Later in the interview, Nas described the difficulty in balancing socially conscious subject matter in music without coming off as preachy. “I don’t see enough emcees who are brave enough to be honest,” he said. “I would like to see more of that. There’s a lot of good stuff. There’s a lot of bad in Rap. The socially conscious stuff can come off sometime as preachy, so a lot of people tend to stay away from it. That ain’t their bag. That’s not what they do. But still, they kind of have some artistic responsibility to do more than what’s the latest trend…I would like to see people remember it’s an artform because the better we all become we push each other to make the whole artform better. Then we won’t have to worry about who won the Grammy.”
Nas Interview With Michael Eric Dyson