'The Don' singer Nas showed off his relaxed style on the cover of Complex magazine. The 38-year-old rapper opens up about his new album, women, marriage and more, so check out excerpts of his interview with the mag, next!
After taking time to star in the latest music video of Nicki Minaj featuring Chris Brown, where
he's seen locking lips with the diva, Nas landed the cover of
Complex, the magazine's June/July 2012 issue where the rapper got
all relaxed for the camera lens of Kareem Black. The legendary
rapper also found time to sit down for a quick chat with the
magazine, where he opened up about women, evolving, his upcoming
album, which is the rapper's tenth solo album, and many more, so
check out a selection of photographs from his shoot and snippets of
his interview below.
The 38-year-old rapper has made a huge name for himself in the industry with his talent, dope rhymes and overall unique style, and he proved he's still got game by releasing his newest album 'Life is Good'. As far as his new album goes, Nas tells Complex that "This is different. The way you work, your approach, is different each time. I’m at a cool, mature, easy place."
'The Don' rapper, who after his “Illmatic” record seemed to have
toned his style down a little bit, says that it's important for an
artist to express his true feelings and that his mistake was trying
to relate to people who didn't understand him. He told the magazine
“I toned it down at times. I started to feel like a nerd when I was a young dude, and that wasn’t what I wanted to get across. I wanted to be relatable. And that was part of my mistake, because I toned it down a lot.”
Nas, who is a father of two, a three year old and a teenager,
and who a few years back ended his marriage to singer Kelis, says
that his relationship with women has evolved over time as he grew
older. He told Complex that:
“I’m taken aback by the beauty of women. There was a time when I only saw big breasts and thick a&%es. Now, I see the beauty in the subtleties. Those are even better than the t&#s and a@$. The aesthetics have changed for me.”
Despite the fact that his marriage to Kelis ended quite quickly, Nas doesn't reject the idea of marring someone else at one point but says that right now he wouldn't take this step. He says:
“Not right now. I’m enjoying life and looking at each day like, “This is beautiful.” I’m having a good time. I’m not going to bring anybody in to mess that up. You come around looking like you’re going to mess this good time up, you’re out of here—fast. I’m not sacrificing my happiness for nobody and their drama. No way.”
Check out Nas' full interview and stylish spread in the June/July 2012 issue of Complex magazine.
Photos courtesy of Complex