Despite saying “I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a fuck,” it would appear Nas actually, at least in one way, does. Before beginning his next tour with Lauryn Hill, the NY legend decided to write an open letter about the current state of affairs in the United States.
His message begins by addressing the racially aware perspectives used in today’s society. “The only way the black man gets a little piece in America is if he takes the O.J. stance: ‘I’m not black, I’m O.J.,’ … When you ignore the shit that’s happening to people you can live in this fantasy, this American fantasy that you belong to… who? You ignore what’s happening, and that gives you peace. Because what’s going on is enough to make people insane.”
Then his focus switches towards the political spectrum of America. “When you have the responsibility of being President and you carry on like that, you send a strong message to people outside of your group that they ain’t worth shit… So why would I focus on that unless I’m in the political game? Unless I’m running for office I don’t have to pay attention to know that. If I ever vote again—when it’s time to vote again, and I feel like voting again—I don’t have to follow the news to know who I’m voting against. But then you wind up saying ‘Who’s the next motherfucker coming in, and how does that help?’”
He then finally focuses on Trump and the similarities to the Reagan era. “Whatever president may be in office doesn’t affect my work directly. The way he affects people is what affects me. I observe what’s going on and that goes into my creative process. The person himself, I’m not caught up with. I don’t even have time for Trump or Pence. I don’t give a fuck… I’m doing all the things I ever dreamed of, even though there was a Ronald Reagan, even though there was laws that ruthlessly destroyed the black community, put tons of us in prison on trumped-up charges, and put us in jail for a long time over crimes that other people get a smack on the hand for… It’s basically slavery.”
He ends the letter with a brief bit of wisdom and a call for action. “I read Eastern philosophy as a teen, so I see balance in everything, I have a cooler head because of it. If I could do that then, now we can save many more, ya dig? Especially in this day and age with all the resources, we have, all the information of the Information Age, And that’s whether Trump’s in office or not. So, I don’t got time for lippin’. I got time for actions. Anytime I’m speaking it’s action.”
Read the whole letter over at Mass Appeal. We look forward to hearing more from Nas on his upcoming tour and in his next highly anticipated album.