Volume 47, Number 11 - February 2, 2010

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'God's Son' speaks

By Rebeka Silva

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The renowned artist that brought you It Aint Hard to Tell, Ether, If I Ruled the World and One Mic is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center on Feb. 5 at the Knight Concert Hall.This will be no ordinary performance; it will be a reunion. Performing with NAS are allthe original members of GoodieMob, Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, T-Moand Khujo. NAS, Rock the Bells and the guys from Gorilla Union workedon getting this reunion performancetogether. Check out whatNAS had to say about the concert, his new album and life.

[Falcon Times] When is the last time you performed with Goodie Mob?

[NAS] (Chuckling) Ah, I can’t remember the last where we was at, it’s been a while. We came out around the same type of era. We both stepped on the scene at the same time and s--- so I’m excited to do this show because it’s been a while since I seen them.

[FT] When’s the last time you were in Miami?

[NAS] A little bit before Christmas.

[FT] What was the occasion?

[NAS] I was recording for the Distant Relatives album with Damian Marley.

[FT] How has that experience been for you?

[NAS] Ah man, it’s refreshing to hear the music and watching him come up with the ideas for the songs. It’s a lot of instruments and s--- like that. S--- that just moves me. It’s not like anything else, you know what I mean? It’s just doing something from the heart and it feels crazy, the whole experience is crazy.

[FT] When does it drop?

[NAS]It comes in April, but I don’t have that date.

[FT]You’ve released albums mostly two to three years apart, so how come you’ve been holding out for so long?

[NAS] (Exhaling, loudly)I mean just life, just tryna get the next thing going, get my head right and do something. I don’t always just jump in there and do something right away.

[FT] How is this album different, rhythm and beat wise?

[NAS]Completely different. With this one there’s a lot of drums on the tracks and African influenced music. And if you think about it, all music comes from there. So, originally it was all this kind of sound.

[FT] What’s the album central focus?

[NAS]It’s basically about watching people caught up in racial issue. You gotta realize there’s something more important than just being against someone else because of ethnicity or color; it’s like come on man we’ve out grown that. All of us as a human people, we all a family, we all distant relatives. That’s why the name of the album is Distant Relatives. And as a family, we should all be in tune with the times and try to work together and see what we can do. (chuckling) You know what I’m saying?

[FT] Why do you call yourself “God’s son”?

[NAS]People go through so much in life and when you think about Jesus Christ, you know he died for our sins. He is the greatest example of love; you know what I’m saying? I can’t sit here and tell you I’m perfect or wanna be perfect or that I wake up different everyday, but what I can tell you is that when the whole world is on my shoulders, I think of our greatest example. We are all children of God and I’m one of God’s sons and nothing can stop me, you know what I mean? Not saying I’m Jesus, I’m just a child of God, like we all our.

[FT] Any last words?

[NAS] Distant Relatives is coming out and, um, peace and love.

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