One Mic — Nas has something to say.
The 43-year-old rapper penned an impassioned essay about the political and social climate of the United States under a Trump administration.
“We all know a racist is in office,” Nas wrote in a missive for Mass Appeal.
“But 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 [expletive].”
Nas, who admitted that he doesn’t follow politics, said the leader of any nation has the duty to lead its citizens in a positive direction.
The “I Can” rapper went on to say that his musical inspiration isn’t rooted in politics directly, but finds inspiration in those affected by policies.
“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 [expletive]. My focus is on what’s happening with real people in their everyday lives. How they behave, the decisions they make, and how that affects families.
He continued, “I move through action. My music is action. What I’m giving you through my music is [sic] my actions.”
However, despite all of the turmoil that is occurring in America, Nas wants the younger generation to know they can still amount to great things, considering he’s from the Ronald Reagan era.
“I like ideas about helping kids in the inner city want to learn. Helping them want to be more. I’m all about being what you can be because you never know,” he wrote, adding Barack Obama’s presidency was groundbreaking.
“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.”
Nas is set to release new music and embark on a nationwide tour with Lauryn Hill.