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50 Nas Quotes on Life, Music, and Justice

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If you know me, you know Nas is my favorite rapper. In my opinion, he is the greatest of all times; there’s no debating this with me.

Thanks to my older sister, I first heard Nas on Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque”. 

I became a true fan when “Illmatic” was released.  I remember this day vividly. I was on an eighth grade field trip.

We stopped at a mall and while others bought Wu-Tang and Outkast tapes, I copped Outkast, Gang Starr, and Nas.

On the bus back home, I popped in “Illmatic” and was mesmerized. I let a few of my classmates listen in and they went berserk.

One of my teachers noticed the commotion and came over. She intended to take my tape due to its parental advisory, but she let me slide because she was amazed with Nas’s lyrics when she heard his rhymes.

Through the years, I have become a bigger fan of Nas’.  He is a favorite because you can see his growth as a person through his music. He isn’t afraid to speak on a variety of subjects and issues, which is great because life is diverse.

Nas’ diversity and life views are the reasons why I relate to him more than any other musician.

Below are 50 of my most favorite Nas quotes. Some are lyrics from his songs, and others are statements from interviews.

I didn’t want to give my interpretation of these Nas quotes because I feel each one will have different meanings for each person.

 

Best Nas Quotes on Life and Music

“People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer
Guess it’s just the theory of man”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Hate Me Now

 

“Turnin nothin into somethin, is God work
And you get nothin without struggle and hard work
War is necessary to my peoples in chains
From Greene to Sing-Sing, I’m wantin y’all to know one thing
The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does
Even if you murdered or robbed, yeah it’s wrong, but God loves
Take one step toward him, he takes two toward you
Even when all else fail, God supports you”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

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“If you scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers
I could tell the future of a dude by how his stance is”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Trust

 

“You have to Keep your vision clear, Cause only a coward lives in fearNas, Hip-hop artist, Friends

 

“No idea’s original, there’s nothin new under the sun
It’s never what you do, but how it’s done
What you base your happiness around material, women, and large paper
That means you inferior, not major”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, No Idea’s Original

 

“Some seek fame cause they need validation
Some say hating is confused admiration”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Stay

 

“The craziest things already happened to me, so either you’ll be laughing at me or you’re laughing with me, ha”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, No Introduction

 

“Everything will eventually come to an end
So try to savor the moment, cuz time flies don’t it
The beauty of life, you gotta make it last for the better
Cuz nothin’ lasts forever”-
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Nothing Lasts Forever

 

“Life is Parallel to Hell, but I must maintain”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, New York State of Mind

 

“Cause you could have all the chips, be poor or rich
Still nobody want a brother having shhhh
If I ruled the world and everything in it, sky’s the limit
I push a Q-45 Infinit
It wouldn’t be no such thing as jealousies or B Felonies
Strictly living longevity to the destiny”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, If I Ruled the World

 

“Look way deep inside yourself
Discover the diamond inside, find ya wealth
Once you get it, you gotta live it the limit”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Find Ya Wealth

“But wait a sec’, give me time to explain, women and fast cars, And diamond rings can poison a rap star” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, You’re The Man

 

“In the mirror, sittin still in the chair like my conception
When everything around me got cloudy, the chair became a king’s throne
My destiny found me
It was clear why the struggle was so painful
Metamorphosis, this is what I changed to
And God, I’m so thankful”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, You The Man

 

Born Alone, Die Alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne” Nas, Hip-hop artist, The World is Yours

 

“Never to worry, all the wrong doers got it coming back to em
A thousand times over
Every dog has its day and everything flips around
Even the most greatest nation in the world has it coming back to em
Everyone reaps what they sew that’s how it goes
Innocent lives will be taken, it may get worse but we’ll get through it
You all be strong”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, What Goes Around

 

The China-men built the railroad
The Indians saved the Pilgrim
And in return the Pilgrim killed em
They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday hellday
Cause I’m from poverty, neglected by the wealthy
Me and my niggas share gifts every day like Christmas”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, What Goes Around

 

Inspiring Quotes by Nas

“I do what I can do when I can do it
Feel how I feel when I feel what I’m feelin
Live how I live it’s only cause I been through it”

Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

 

“My music is a description of my vibe of course
My life, my sites, my thoughts, what I like on my fork
Cause you are what you eat, you eat what you can
You pray to bless the food but first you wash your hands
to wash away them bad spirits, don’t bring it in your home
Once you let them in they stayin, evil be gone, say it”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

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“Political thugs in shark suits persuade us to pull triggers
in army boots, yellin “Join the armed forces!”
We lost the Vietnam War, intoxicated poisons
Needles in arms of veterans instead of bigger fortunes
There’s still a lot of brothers callin in the corporate offices
War in the ghetto, we crabs in a barrel, they torture us
They won’t be servin the beast too long
The murderers wearin police uniforms, confederate flags I burn
Beat Street breakers were dancin to the music I chose
And Peachtree Atlantic crackheads was tootin they nose
in frozen corners of Chicago, loaded up Llama’s children
with fo’-fo’s, and double-revolvers
We devil incarnates, headed for jail
Where Shell gas company in South Africa be havin us killed
Your paper money was the death of Christ
And all these shorties comin up just resurrect your life
It’s like a cycle”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

 

Do your body right and it loves you back
You only get one life, and yo because of that
I’m still blazin, goin out for the cause.”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

 

“Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country
We were kings and queens, never porch monkeys
There was empires in Africa called Kush
Timbuktu, where every race came to get books
To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans
Asian Arabs and gave them gold when
Gold was converted to money it all changed
Money then became empowerment for Europeans
The Persian military invaded
They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred
Africa was almost robbed naked
Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships
Egypt was the place that Alexander the Great went
He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces
Shot up they nose to impose what basically
Still goes on today, you see?
If the truth is told, the youth can grow
Then learn to survive until they gain control
Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
Read more learn more, change the globe
Ghetto children, do your thing
Hold your head up, little man, you’re a king
Young Princess when you get your wedding ring
Your man is saying “She’s my queen”-
Nas, Hip-hop artist, I Can

 

“The money’s ya religion sky the limit live life
Numbers is big business makes the poor live trife
The glimmers of hope provoke those without dollars to dream
Through your existence become wealthy knowledge is king.”
Nas, Hip-hop artist, Book of Rhymes

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Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, AZ Quotes

 

“There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form; I wanted to kick everybody out. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “Obey Your Thirst” Interview

 

“Mistakes make masterful teachers.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Feeling Success

 

“There was a side of me that knew I was going to change the game, but I didn’t know how many people would respect it.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Daily Success Life

 

More Nas Quotes

“No one’s promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, quotetab.com

 

“I’m capable of anything; my imagination can give me wings.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Thugz Mansion

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“Every time I get in the studio, I feel like I wanna have some fun. My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what’s me.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, beyourselfbehappy.com

 

“You’re supposed to be who you are. You’re supposed to make music that is true to you.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, feelingsuccess.com

 

“I think a lot of us know when it’s our time. No matter what profession you’re in, you get a feeling. If you worked on it long enough, you know when it’s ready.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

 

“If you’re given an opportunity and you’re lucky enough to have freedom to do what you want to do in your career, why trap yourself, why do something that’s not you.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “ObeyYour Thirst” Interview

 

“No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them, too.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

 

“I don’t have any regrets. The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those – those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I’m not even mad at the things I said that were a little dicey.”Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Wrap Up blog

 

“Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

 

“Reading is everything, and although you already know some things, you need to read to get those things out of you.”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

 

I’m never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Eye 4 an Eye Freestyle

 

“Right, bless the lucky ones, man, that come into this business and can get the business side of it really easily… everyone wants to be a star, wants to do art, express themselves, do their thing and be appreciated. But there’s a business that comes with it. I am sure that most of the people step into it not knowing what the business side involves. There is a low percentage, maybe 2 percent, that knows the business side, and you can be black, white or whatever you are. So, I mean, we all learn from our experiences… some sooner than others.”Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

 

Business, endorsements and things of that nature, I got into it kind of naturally. Those ventures materialized as a direct result of things that I was actually doing; all the partnerships have been organic and not necessarily etched out plans for monetary gain.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Hype Magazine  

 

“Failure is not an option, and I always felt like I’m a man who doesn’t have regrets, and I don’t live with excuses. I can’t take excuses.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

 

Always observe, watch, and talk to older people.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

 

Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

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All races, we can’t come together as Americans until our lives are threatened as a whole. And then we can always be together. In the middle of that, I noticed that racism in America does not stop. I wish I could ignore racism, but it won’t let me.”Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

 

“I’m inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine — you know how racist America was back then — imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That’s bravery beyond comprehension. Then to survive in prison and to come home and be so resilient, he’s a role model in many ways. His eyes tell a story of glory.”Nas, Hip-hop artist, CNN Interview

 

“My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends
Dedication, hard work, routine builds character
In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers”

Nas, Hip-hop artist, You Wouldn’t Understand

Which of these Nas quotes were you able to relate with?

I hope these Nas quotes have helped you to look at life, music, and our system differently. I hope they inspire you to succeed and make a positive change in the world.

As Nas has shown you, expand your knowledge and interests, and the world will be in your hands.

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