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100 Nas Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Nas Sayings: People have stopped battling in hip hop, in the primitive sense, and the focus of People have stopped battling in hip hop, in the primitive sense, and the focus of the competitive element has shifted to the music. It's less about bragging and more about being the best lyrically and poetically.
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Nas Sayings: I've met a lot of people and happened to inspire a lot of people who I've met a lot of people and happened to inspire a lot of people who I'm in conversation with about business. It's just how things are going for me and it's great, but music is always going to be number one for me.
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Nas Sayings: What you base your happiness around?Material, women, and large paper?That means you inferior, not major. What you base your happiness around?
Material, women, and large paper?
That means you inferior, not major.
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Nas Sayings: I think I've had the longest career of strength, focus, and still being able to I think I've had the longest career of strength, focus, and still being able to sell records. I think I'm that guy. I'm still blessed with the opportunity to make music and pass out a message like, 'Life is good,' to the world.
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Nas Sayings: Calling Michelle 'Obama Barack's baby mama?' Tell me, is that acceptable? But the Obamas aren't Calling Michelle 'Obama Barack's baby mama?' Tell me, is that acceptable? But the Obamas aren't the only targets. Fox's pattern of race-baiting and fear-mongering regularly focuses on black leaders, black institutions and ordinary black people.
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Nas Sayings: I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means - I love the art world, I love art galleries, I love what it means - I love art.
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Nas Sayings: I fell in love with words and I think that made my mom smile. I I fell in love with words and I think that made my mom smile. I think that was cool for her.
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Nas Sayings: Don't ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what 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.
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Nas Sayings: My weapon of choice is my voice. My weapon of choice is my voice.
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Nas Sayings: Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers. We want to stay with the new.
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Nas Sayings: I'm just flowing through, when I see things, I talk about 'em. And it's cool. I'm just flowing through, when I see things, I talk about 'em. And it's cool. I don't want any title. I just say what I say, and hopefully somebody gets it. I'm not perfect, and I'm just here and trying to make a dollar, and being real at the same time
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Nas Sayings: I don't want any title. I just say what I say, and hopefully somebody gets I don't want any title. I just say what I say, and hopefully somebody gets it, man. I'm not perfect, and I'm just here and trying to make a dollar, and being real at the same time, you know?
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Nas Sayings: Shorty's laugh was cold-blooded as he spoke so foul,Only twelve tryin to tell me that Shorty's laugh was cold-blooded as he spoke so foul,
Only twelve tryin to tell me that he liked my style.
Then I rose, wiping the blunt's ash from my clothes,
Then froze, only to blow the herb smoke through my nose.
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Nas Sayings: I just appreciate what Andre 3000 has done musically - just the bravery. I think I just appreciate what Andre 3000 has done musically - just the bravery. I think Andre 3000 may be one of the bravest artists in rap music.
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Nas Sayings: I talk about Africa and its meaning, being the birthplace of man and all that I talk about Africa and its meaning, being the birthplace of man and all that great history that's been erased and even hidden. I think it's my duty to be proud and to bring about the conversation that allows us to talk about the great history of my people.
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Nas Sayings: God gushed me out his nuts, the devil swallowed me up and I burnt a God gushed me out his nuts, the devil swallowed me up and I burnt a hole in his guts
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Nas Sayings: I'm a storyteller and the Bible is a bunch of stories about life and things I'm a storyteller and the Bible is a bunch of stories about life and things that took place here on planet earth. It's a great example to use and a great reason to be happy about being a storyteller because the lessons of the land are always in stories.
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Nas Sayings: I think the fact that I made enough noise in the world that I might I think the fact that I made enough noise in the world that I might be remembered is an amazing achievement. You can't ask for more than that.
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Nas Sayings: Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitters and gold I unfold the scroll, plant Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitters and gold
I unfold the scroll, plant seeds to stampede the globe ...
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Nas Sayings: I don't want to disappoint - that's a nightmare to me. I don't want to disappoint - that's a nightmare to me.
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Nas Sayings: I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I'm still a supporter of it. I think marriage is a beautiful thing. I'm still a supporter of it.
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Nas Sayings: The big stars in rap, they were too big, so when my rap generation started, The big stars in rap, they were too big, so when my rap generation started, it was about bringing you inside my apartment. It wasn't about being a rap star; it was about anything other than.
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Nas Sayings: I wish the music business was a much easier thing, but you know what? Nothing I wish the music business was a much easier thing, but you know what? Nothing easy is worth anything. So it is what it is. There comes a time when things can work out and everybody can be happy. And that's what it's all about in the end - everybody being happy and working it out.
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Nas Sayings: We're all Africans, everyone - black, white, yellow. We're all Africans, everyone - black, white, yellow.
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Nas Sayings: My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends, Dedication, hard work, routine builds character. In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers
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Nas Sayings: Rule No. 1 is you can't be fake. If you're fake, you become a gimmick Rule No. 1 is you can't be fake. If you're fake, you become a gimmick and you're selling a gimmick; a little gimmick is cool, this is entertainment. But when you base your stuff on mostly real stuff, you never run out of it because every day is a different adventure.
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Nas Sayings: The reason I want to be alone, is I'm tired of all the things that The reason I want to be alone, is I'm tired of all the things that went wrong that would've went right if I had did 'em on my own
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Nas Sayings: Niggas hate what they can't understand, fear what they can't conquer Niggas hate what they can't understand, fear what they can't conquer
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Nas Sayings: There was a side of me that knew I was gonna change the game, but There was a side of me that knew I was gonna change the game, but I didn't know how many people would respect it.
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Nas Sayings: Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined Beyond the walls of intelligence, life is defined
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Nas Sayings: Vocabulary spills I'm ill. Vocabulary spills I'm ill.
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Nas Sayings: There's always going to be space for battle in hip hop. For competition. It's just There's always going to be space for battle in hip hop. For competition. It's just an inseparable part of the game.
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Nas Sayings: Just do as much as you can. Just do as much as you can.
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Nas Sayings: I want you to know who I am: what the streets taste like, feel like, I want you to know who I am: what the streets taste like, feel like, smell like. What the cops talk like, walk like, think like. What crackheads do - I wanted you to smell it, feel it. It was important to me that I told the story that way because I thought that it wouldn't be told if I didn't tell it.
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Nas Sayings: You're supposed to be who you are. You're supposed to make music that is true You're supposed to be who you are. You're supposed to make music that is true to you.
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Nas Sayings: I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings I'm capable of anything, my imagination can give me wings
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Nas Sayings: I don't respect killers, I respect O.G. knowledge,Codes of the streets got new rules, but I don't respect killers, I respect O.G. knowledge,
Codes of the streets got new rules, but no guidance.
Lessons, detrimental to a young disciple;
Folks, take care of your brothers, niggas do as I do.
Keep your enemies close, where they can see you.
It's not your enemy who get you, it's always your own people.
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Nas Sayings: In the past I had to deal with issues that hit me as a younger In the past I had to deal with issues that hit me as a younger man. As a man who wasn't married who didn't really have the experience that I have now. Today I'm a different guy.
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Nas Sayings: You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear. You have to keep your vision clear, cause only a coward lives in fear.
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Nas Sayings: It hurts to see anybody in pain, if you've got any kind of heart. It hurts to see anybody in pain, if you've got any kind of heart.
Nas Sayings: I have no tattoos that I regret - I have had some that I have I have no tattoos that I regret - I have had some that I have had changed according to how my life was.
Nas Sayings: Jamaican music can be aggressive, soulful, smooth and exciting all at once - just like Jamaican music can be aggressive, soulful, smooth and exciting all at once - just like hip-hop. At the same time, there's nothing like Jamaica in the United States. Jamaica is its own thing.
Nas Sayings: A lot of times it seems like, you ain't gon' make it where you wanna A lot of times it seems like, you ain't gon' make it where you wanna be in life. But, yo if you got a plan, believe me you gon' get there. You gon' get everything you ever wanted
Nas Sayings: If I ruled the world Imagine that ... If I ruled the world Imagine that ...
Nas Sayings: You don't want to disappoint. Especially someone like me who's been out of music for You don't want to disappoint. Especially someone like me who's been out of music for years and hasn't had an album in like, four years.
Nas Sayings: Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle. Once you make it to your point of making it, you'll appreciate the struggle.
Nas Sayings: Big up to Flex. Stop taking so much cizock in his mizouth. Big up to Flex. Stop taking so much cizock in his mizouth.
Nas Sayings: Divorce can be crazy. Man, if you're happy ... Love is a beast, man. Hold Divorce can be crazy. Man, if you're happy ... Love is a beast, man. Hold on. Be prepared for any way it may go, and be honest.
Nas Sayings: You lose money chasing women;Never lose women chasing money. You lose money chasing women;
Never lose women chasing money.
Nas Sayings: I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style - and I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style - and that's what I do.
Nas Sayings: You know the block was ill as a youngster Every night it was like a, You know the block was ill as a youngster
Every night it was like a, cop would get killed body found in the dumpster
Nas Sayings: I'm the young city bandit, hold myself down singlehanded For murder raps, I kick my I'm the young city bandit, hold myself down singlehanded
For murder raps, I kick my thoughts alone, get remanded
Born alone, die alone, no crew to keep my crown or throne
I'm deep by sound alone, caved inside in a thousand miles from home
Nas Sayings: Mind's in another world thinking how can we exist through the facts Mind's in another world thinking how can we exist through the facts
Nas Sayings: I want to hear the artist. I want to hear them give me something that I want to hear the artist. I want to hear them give me something that I can relate to, other than the fact that everything's about bragging.
Nas Sayings: My first record - it was 1991. I was 16 years old. My first album My first record - it was 1991. I was 16 years old. My first album came out when I was 20. So, I've been here that long and I still have the passion to do it.
Nas Sayings: I broke into shakespeare's tomb and stole his remains, grinded the bones, smoked it, then I broke into shakespeare's tomb and stole his remains, grinded the bones, smoked it, then got in the game
Nas Sayings: I used to keep a dictionary and work with it and then I realized there I used to keep a dictionary and work with it and then I realized there are more words that exist in the English language than there are in this dictionary.
Nas Sayings: The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does, even if you murdered or robbed, The hardest thing is to forgive, but God does, even if you murdered or robbed, ya it's wrong, but God loves, take one step toward him he'll take two toward you, even when all else fails, God'll support you
Nas Sayings: When I try to sound like the contemporary sound, it never turns out that way. When I try to sound like the contemporary sound, it never turns out that way. That's just me.
Nas Sayings: Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite. Much success to you, even if you wish me the opposite.
Nas Sayings: I don't kill soloists only kill squads I don't kill soloists only kill squads
Nas Sayings: I'm never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the I'm never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.
Nas Sayings: You got a handful of great guys - Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, Usher. You have a You got a handful of great guys - Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, Usher. You have a handful of great female artists. But for the most part the music world's changing and change is good. You have to make adjustments if you want to survive in that world.
Nas Sayings: When you have a daughter, you want to protect her from the things that I've When you have a daughter, you want to protect her from the things that I've seen out there, you know, the things that's out there that ain't good for her. It's a crazy world we live in.
Nas Sayings: My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. My earliest memories of rap music was mixed with my earliest memories of reggae music. They were big sounds around the way, heavy bass lines, strong messages, definitely.
Nas Sayings: No Ideas original - there is nothing new under the sun ... No Ideas original - there is nothing new under the sun ...
Nas Sayings: I think a lot of us know when it's our time. No matter what profession 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 Sayings: But uhh, a thug changes, and love changes and best friends become strangers, word up But uhh, a thug changes, and love changes
and best friends become strangers, word up
Nas Sayings: Hip-hop is really standoffish. It's really competitive and it's really about who's number one all Hip-hop is really standoffish. It's really competitive and it's really about who's number one all the time. Sometimes it gets out of hand.
Nas Sayings: I didn't really do many business ventures throughout my career because I would have an I didn't really do many business ventures throughout my career because I would have an idea and then before I'd have a chance to make something of it, I'd see someone else do it. I just liked to watch my fellow artists become entrepreneurs and be people who can inspire the next generation. I did that more with my songs.
Nas Sayings: America is a melting pot for all different groups of people, historically. And it's rare America is a melting pot for all different groups of people, historically. And it's rare that the story of all of these people will be told in the history books. So I always felt I had to find out my history for myself and research my roots.
Nas Sayings: I think the hip-hop purists are purists through and through. They're here to criticize all I think the hip-hop purists are purists through and through. They're here to criticize all of us. That's just how it is. We as MC's criticize each other. That's the nature of hip-hop.
Nas Sayings: Who's world is this, the world is yours. Who's world is this, the world is yours.
Nas Sayings: Big L scared me to death. When I heard that on tape, I was scared Big L scared me to death. When I heard that on tape, I was scared to death. I was like there's no way I can compete if this is what I gotta compete with.
Nas Sayings: All I need is one micOne beat, one stageOne ni%$a frontin' my face on the All I need is one mic
One beat, one stage
One ni%$a frontin' my face on the front page
Only if I had one gun, one girl and one crib
One god to show me how to do things his son did.
Nas Sayings: I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death. I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death.
Nas Sayings: I think you gotta always do things that keep you excited in an [rap music] I think you gotta always do things that keep you excited in an [rap music] industry that's so bullshit. When you know that you have so much energy and so much to give, it would be a shame if the facilitators of that aren't enthusiastic about you doing it, because you've been doing it for so long. So you just gotta figure out ways in this insane business to keep it fresh.
Nas Sayings: The further I get, the further I want to go The further I get, the further I want to go
Nas Sayings: Hip hop started in NY so it's important that New Yorkers realise that to talk Hip hop started in NY so it's important that New Yorkers realise that to talk about NY music and its sound should not be a small-minded conversation. Music is supposed to evolve. It's supposed to be going through changes, it's not supposed to sound exactly the same as what it did when it started. NY hip hop has to be allowed to move on and grow and expand.
Nas Sayings: No matter who you are, black, white, green, there's going to be things in your No matter who you are, black, white, green, there's going to be things in your way, you know what I mean?
Nas Sayings: Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight. Hip-hop is making a lot of noise. It should get some more spotlight.
Nas Sayings: 'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life. 'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.
Nas Sayings: Let's not forget, art can sell. You ain't gotta front all the time on your Let's not forget, art can sell. You ain't gotta front all the time on your records.
Nas Sayings: Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life - by Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life - by how one lives and what he did.
Nas Sayings: If I made an album just to sell you a story about how I'm the If I made an album just to sell you a story about how I'm the man, it really doesn't show any human side to me. It's good to talk about what's real and what's relevant.
Nas Sayings: The Chinamen built the railroad, the Indians saved the Pilgrim,And in return, the Pilgrim killed The Chinamen built the railroad, the Indians saved the Pilgrim,
And in return, the Pilgrim killed 'em.
They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday 'hell-day.'
Nas Sayings: Africa has been going through so much for so many years; it's time that it Africa has been going through so much for so many years; it's time that it stands up the way other nations are standing up.
Nas Sayings: I had a pretty public divorce. They're not easy - divorces - and it took I had a pretty public divorce. They're not easy - divorces - and it took me a long time to really get through.
Nas Sayings: My skin is an art gallery right, with paintings and crucifixes hoping to save me My skin is an art gallery right, with paintings and crucifixes hoping to save me from all the dangers in the music business
Nas Sayings: I got the opportunity to meet people all over the world. Brilliant women, tall women, I got the opportunity to meet people all over the world. Brilliant women, tall women, short women, slim women, thick women, you name it. But, I don't meet them. I have the opportunities to and it's a little bit - I'm a little shy, so I don't meet them and I don't know who's right for me.
Nas Sayings: You can't please everybody. You'd be crazy if you're trying to. So take some time You can't please everybody. You'd be crazy if you're trying to. So take some time out to do some things for yourself.
Nas Sayings: People give me a better understanding on things that I said, or a different way People give me a better understanding on things that I said, or a different way to look at it.
Nas Sayings: Failure is not an option, and I always felt like I'm a man who doesn't 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 Sayings: When I write a story, I just wanna tell you what's in my head. It When I write a story, I just wanna tell you what's in my head. It can come from real life and then turn into fantasy, stuff just rhyming. And write about what you know. I just like to tell stories that have not been told or told from my perspective.
Nas Sayings: Hip-hop lasted and survived all these years that you have to give it credit. Even Hip-hop lasted and survived all these years that you have to give it credit. Even though it's not up to people's expectations anymore, its still here, and that's says a lot.
Nas Sayings: Somehow the rap game remind me of the crack game Somehow the rap game remind me of the crack game
Nas Sayings: Hip-hop is such an amazing thing that kids still want to do it. They're not Hip-hop is such an amazing thing that kids still want to do it. They're not saying, "Ugh, that's the old people's music." No, they're younger than they've ever been that want to get into hip-hop music.
Nas Sayings: I want each album to say something different and be accepted better than the last I want each album to say something different and be accepted better than the last one but I don't have any point to outdo any particular album of mine.
Nas Sayings: At one point, the old school club retires and you're next up to bat, but At one point, the old school club retires and you're next up to bat, but if you stop before your time, you will see someone else live your dream.
Nas Sayings: I'm just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better. I'm just little me, an American who wants to see his country do better.