Nas the son of jazz musician Olu Hara and postal service worker Fannie Ann Jones was born on September 14, 1973 and raised in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York City. He started playing trumpet at age four and began writing rhymes at age nine. From learning jazz music, he slowly switched his direction to Hip-Hop after a neighbor Willy “Ill Will” Graham introduced him to such genre.
Nas and Africa.
He grew up at a time when Bob Marley was talking about Africa Unity and so he got interested in reading more about Africa and to find out about his roots. He said a lot had to be done to change the image of Africa and hip hop artist, who are largely African-Americans have a role to play in changing the status quo.
“As We Enter” is the first single from Nas and Damian Marley’s collaboration album, Distant Relatives. The track is produced by Damian Marley. There are no full verses in the song, but rather Nas and Damian Marley rap in call-and-response fashion. The track contains samples of Mulatu Astatke’s song Yegelle Tezeta.
Looking back at “Life’s like a Dice game” a laid-back joint is off of Nas’ “demo tape”, which is a series of tracks that didn’t make it onto Illmatic, were actually on his demo tape, or like this one, were actually recorded after his classic debut was released. Where he mentions Haile Selassie, the king of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974, revered by the Rastafari Movement as Jah, the returned Biblical Messiah.
In the song “Life’s like a Dice game” he said, “But I see me as Hallie Selassie in my kingdom” , to which most thought he means, “ as Haile Selassie, the king of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 was believed to be a descendant of Jesus, the son of God And If Nas sees himself as Haile Selassie, then he sees himself as a descendant of God. which is possibly his reasoning behind the title of his 2002 album, God’s Son.”
Nas about Emperor Haile Selassie,
Celebrities went all out with their Halloween costumes this year. Amongst the best costumes of 2016 was Nas. Nas, brought his song line to life and went as Emperor of Ethiopia King Selassie and nailed it.