What would you say to Nas?
Nas outside Fox News
Every day it becomes clearer that Nas is separating himself from other major-selling rappers by putting words into action.
Yesterday Rolling Stone reported on the hip-hop legend’s latest effort:
About four hours after the announcement that his controversial, politically charged ninth album was number one in the country, Nas was on a small podium in front of Fox News headquarters in New York City protesting what he sees as racist attacks against Black Americans and presidential candidate Barack Obama.
In a brief prepared statement, the multi-platinum rapper pointed out examples of what he and ColorOfChange see as a long racist smear campaign against the Obama family: The onscreen graphic that referred to Michelle Obama as the Senator’s “baby mama”; Bill O’Reilly casually using the phrase “lynching party” to refer to attacks on the Senator’s wife; referencing to the couple’s infamous fist thump as a “terrorist fist jab.”
Said Nas, “Fox poisons this country every time they air racist propaganda and try to call it news. This should outrage every American that Fox uses hateful language to talk about the person that may be the first black president.”
Nas’s tirade against Fox News is receiving major media attention, and countless people are hitting numerous websites with their opinions. All of this builds on the sensitive material of his new album, Untitled.
If you had the chance to speak to Nas right now, what would you say? Would you tell him his actions are making people stand up and take notice, or that his efforts are in vain?