Video: Nas Talks Derrion Albert on CNN

“Whatchu tryna kick, knowledge?”

Nas stops by CNN to speak about Derrion Albert and gets caught up in the same old tired “do rap lyrics cause violence” debate that we can’t seem to move away from. At this point, I feel like nothing constructive can come of rehashing the same argument.  If we were to concede the point that yes, maybe certain forms of entertainment do inspire violent behavior in some people, will you shut the fuck up about it already? And at that point can we then shift the conversation to why so many kids and young adults in America lack the intellect and/or guidance to know that it’s wrong to kill another human being over something so trivial? Until then, my advice remains the same. Furthermore, it amazes me that so many people needed to see a video of a kid being beaten to death to understand that senseless acts of violence  are the order of the day in this country.

via SmartenUpNas

Previously: Nas on 106 & Park (Video)


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93 Responses to “Video: Nas Talks Derrion Albert on CNN”

  1. SDP Says:

    hiiraan.com/news/2009/aug/images/dhaawaca.jpg

  2. SDP Says:

    welcome to my world…

    Somalia

  3. Sham aka The Computer Puter! Says:

    this didn’t take too long to find its way on nah

  4. BARPAN Says:

    SDP Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 4:12 pm
    hiiraan.com/news/2009/aug/images/dhaawaca.jpg

    ^^^^^
    damn

  5. Ghost Writer Says:

    Furthermore, it amazes me that so many people needed to see a video of a kid being beaten to death to understand that senseless acts of violence are the order of the day in this country world.

  6. Rey Says:

    Yep

  7. Ghost Writer Says:

    co-sign es

  8. Mr. Damn, He Ain't Coppin' That, Is He? Says:

    i don’t have time for all this violence in rap, i’m busy counting my paper

    from now one please call me Mr. Damn, He Ain’t Coppin’ That, Is He?

  9. Mr. Damn, He Ain't Coppin' That, Is He? Says:

    yo release the name brosefs

  10. james dean Says:

    lol at a website called Smarten up nas

  11. Rey Says:

    Step into the wayback machine: youtube.com/watch?v=SZ54Ll-Iv7s

  12. Digital Scales Says:

    I don’t know why he smoked 10 blunts before this interview

  13. cOLD Says:

    yea cosign eskay.

  14. Big Homie Says:

    I don’t know why he smoked 10 blunts before this interview

    ^ I was thinkin’ the same thing.

  15. cOLD Says:

    It just boggles my mind how at times Nas can be deep in his records, but when in person he acts and talks with his 8th grade edumacation

    ^ same way you type like a six grader, but people trust you to fill their prescriptions.

  16. Rey Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    It just boggles my mind how at times Nas can be deep in his records, but when in person he acts and talks with his 8th grade edumacation

    ^ same way you type like a six grader, but people trust you to fill their prescriptions.

    ^^^

    ADM…

  17. eskay Says:

    >>It just boggles my mind how at times Nas can be deep in his records, but when in person he acts and talks with his 8th grade edumacation

    because he’s really not all that deep in his records.

  18. Big Homie Says:

    *roffles at Iceberg and cOLD*

  19. Prophecy_projectz Says:

    “Nah, I’m trying to kick the shit you need to learn though”

    People can blame Hip-Hop and entertainment all they want, people were still killing each other even when when everyone was into afrocentricity and the shiny suit “Lets have fun and dance” era.

    Basically its starts in the communites, its going to take councilmen and parents of these neighbourhoods and schools to work with community organizations to find constructive ways of getting bored, disenfranchised teenagers to find a positve outlets that involved killing each other. The enviroment breeds the emotion, so you have to try the best you can to somehow change that.

  20. cOLD Says:

    Said from the hourly worker

    ^ said from the guy who’s blood pressure rises trying to makes sense of your ill-formed sentences

  21. Rey Says:

    C’mon now… None of those Derrion Albert kids are listening to NaS. Besides, aside from some tired ass cliches and lame attempts, none of the music out nowadays has that real heavy gun or violence talk. They could blame rap for that back in 2001, or when 50 drops a record, but for the most part the youngin’s have been listening to BAPE Bottles’n’Models Louis Vuitton (no sean coonery) rap for the last 5 years.

    If it was about selling coke or crack, maybe they’d have a case, but Gangsta Rap is diggity dead in 2009.

  22. Big Homie Says:

    From a distance it look like he got tight pink spandex like he doing ballet and rockin a nylon wind breaker vest. Smarten up Nas

  23. jredmond Says:

    i don’t quite understand why dudes are hating on nas for that interview. He responded and articulated well. There was no blank stare. Even with CNN playing shoot em up, he still came off as a good ambassador to hip hip.

    shoot em up is just an expression of inner frustration and anger isn’t it. If people think that song is a call to kill people there pretty dumb, no.

  24. Daddy-Bariqua Says:

    I saw this too…Definitely a lost for Nas!

  25. TheCo!!inB Says:

    Nas is an idiot savant. he raps above par but he’s a louse at everything else.
    *daps eskay for getting hi Kevin Powell on*

  26. Prophecy_projectz Says:

    Oh and as far as Nas went, I think he did okay. We can argue with the articulation of his message and in this interview but I think the main point of “We can’t resort to that level of violences over trivial matters” is something we can all pretty much agree on.

    He may not be “deep” but no one ever was depending on your perspecitve. Yet it still, aint nothing wrong with him coming out and writing a blog about it and if he wants to come on these outlets and talk about it fine. He maybe promoting himself, but so? He’s coming there too expand on the message in some way or point.

  27. eskay Says:

    >>People can blame Hip-Hop and entertainment all they want, people were still killing each other even when when everyone was into afrocentricity and the shiny suit “Lets have fun and dance” era.

    I think its bullshit to blame any form of entertainment for any individual’s actions, but you can’t tell me “Ante Up” doesn’t make you want to break a chair over somebody’s head…especially if you’re drunk.

  28. cOLD Says:

    shoot em up is just an expression of inner frustration and anger isn’t it. If people think that song is a call to kill people there pretty dumb, no.

    ^ you can’t explain shit to these non hip hop niggas

  29. eskay Says:

    >>If it was about selling coke or crack, maybe they’d have a case, but Gangsta Rap is diggity dead in 2009.

    maybe it is on the Care Bear cloud in the sky where you live fruitcake.

  30. Mag Says:

    *dead*

    at the journalist not being able to read nas tweet

  31. FUPM618 Says:

    I think its bullshit to blame any form of entertainment for any individual’s actions, but you can’t tell me “Ante Up” doesn’t make you want to break a chair over somebody’s head…especially if you’re drunk.

    ^^^cosign

  32. Mr. Damn, He Ain't Coppin' That, Is He? Says:

    yo esko release the name, it’s chea

  33. FUPM618 Says:

    If you have nvr read any books or attended a higher institution you would think Nas was deep

    ^^^^ Nas is your favorite rapper favorite…

  34. Rey Says:

    # eskay Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    >>If it was about selling coke or crack, maybe they’d have a case, but Gangsta Rap is diggity dead in 2009.

    maybe it is on the Care Bear cloud in the sky where you live fruitcake.

    ^^^

    Aww, someone got his feelings hurt before! Chin up, lil’ soldier! I was only kidding!

    *nh*

  35. Prophecy_projectz Says:

    eskay Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I think its bullshit to blame any form of entertainment for any individual’s actions, but you can’t tell me “Ante Up” doesn’t make you want to break a chair over somebody’s head…especially if you’re drunk
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    *Learns more about Eskay from this revealing comment*
    *looks around nervous*
    I mean damn es, when we used to hear that joint, we would just bounce around in a mosh and try not scuff each other timbs…..wasn’t really looking at the next man’s watch..

    How’s your PO doing by the way?

  36. Treasure!!!! Says:

    Aww, someone got his feelings hurt before! Chin up, lil’ soldier! I was only kidding!
    ^^^
    lmfao!!

  37. Harlem World Says:

    # eskay Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    >>If it was about selling coke or crack, maybe they’d have a case, but Gangsta Rap is diggity dead in 2009.

    maybe it is on the Care Bear cloud in the sky where you live fruitcake.

    ^^
    Whoooooo kiiiiiiiiiid!! (c) Dj Whoo Kid

  38. FUPM618 Says:

    but Gangsta Rap is diggity dead in 2009.

    maybe it is on the Care Bear cloud in the sky where you live fruitcake.

    ^^^lmao…Gangsta rap>

  39. SDP Says:

    youtube.com/watch?v=XrkfwwEowpk

    this video > than this cnn one

    shout out to terrance man.

    good shit

  40. Mac Brown aka Drugs R bad.. so I abuse the P*ssy! Says:

    Care Bears are awesome!

  41. Prophecy_projectz Says:

    # Mag Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    *dead*

    at the journalist not being able to read nas tweet
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You could tell he did that on purpose (Not that Nas did himself any favours)
    But I mean at least Terrence and the folks at BET had the decency to just read the important parts and interpret clearly his point last week.

    Ah, well all things considered, I think he came out of that okay. Right?

    Maybe?

    A little?

    No?

  42. Rey Says:

    LOL @ Mac Brown..

  43. Detroit P Says:

    Gangsta Rap is dead….now we just have music with Gangsta rap-isms…rap music used to be pure violence and tough guy talk…now it’s ballin, flossin, insert brand name clothing label, alcohol, party, fuckin hoes, and the occasional “I wish a nigga would”‘s..all in the same song

  44. TheCo!!inB Says:

    here’s where the problem started:
    a generation created the “fuck the police” and “gangsta” rap that birthed that specific part of rap. BUT they weren’t raised on that kind of music so while they were saying one thing on record that pertained to a small portion of the world they knew, they still upheld certain moral ethics from the music if their previous generation.
    Fast forward and you have a generation being raised from a previous generation that all they had was “gangsta” music with no other music of substance being offered and voila, you’ve got kids doing hood rat stuff like beating eachother to death and video taping it. kids were raised listening to foolishness and the people raising them were raised on that same foolishness as well.
    That’s really why rap as we know it needs to die and as a black community we should hold in the highest regard that we have a black president to be a role model to the young young ones being raised right now.

  45. cOLD Says:

    If you have nvr read any books or attended a higher institution you would think Nas was deep

    ^ A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books

  46. Rey Says:

    Cosign Collin.

    ~~~~

    # Detroit P Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Gangsta Rap is dead….now we just have music with Gangsta rap-isms…rap music used to be pure violence and tough guy talk…now it’s ballin, flossin, insert brand name clothing label, alcohol, party, fuckin hoes, and the occasional “I wish a nigga would”’s..all in the same song

    ^^^^

    Yep, that’s what I meant. The gun talk is almost like an afterthought–but it’s stupid.. 14 bars about girls and designer clothes and patron, and a couplet about hammers and fo’ pounds and bullets and goons and whatnot. Sheesh.

  47. Dem Says:

    *listens to Uncle Murda while on Care Bear Cloud*

  48. Mac Brown aka Drugs R bad.. so I abuse the P*ssy! Says:

    Dem Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 4:39 pm
    *listens to Uncle Murda while on Care Bear Cloud*

    ^^what if there was a Murder Bear……that would be the coolest!!!

  49. SDP Says:

    That’s really why rap as we know it needs to die

    ^^

    but you’re on a rap blog right now….

    ironic?

  50. Harlem World Says:

    *Listens to Shyne/Ruff Ryders Vol 1/Murda Muzik/Bow Down*
    *Can seperate fact from fiction*
    *Does not harm public*

  51. GC Says:

    ^ A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books

    ______________

    niggas is clearly reading the wrong books.

  52. Harlem World Says:

    Gangsta Rap or whatever the fuck u wanna call it >>>>

  53. Duro Says:

    That’s really why rap as we know it needs to die and as a black community we should hold in the highest regard that we have a black president to be a role model to the young young ones being raised right now.

    __

    yea. I wanna be high like NaS tho. He seems like he’s always got a good high going.

  54. cOLD Says:

    niggas is clearly reading the wrong books.

    ^ niggas aint talking to the right dudes.

  55. Mr. Meen Says:

    whats up folks? I like to pull drive bys to Bust A Move like Cube would.

  56. AmpGeez a.k.a I'm A Jerk Says:

    If you have nvr read any books or attended a higher institution you would think Nas was deep
    =============================
    Dude ain’t deep but he’s definitely conscious which is more then you can say about most of these rappers.

  57. Dem Says:

    Care Bear Cloud is my new euphemism for being really, really high.

  58. cOLD Says:

    you can learn alot from a nigga in his silence… but you dont here me though.

  59. Troyvul Says:

    niggas is clearly reading the wrong books.

    ^ niggas aint talking to the right dudes.

    ^
    And he counter’s again successfully

  60. BSEENANDHEARD Says:

    LoL…. I told them that a Pharaoh cover does not equal an educated man…. It is sort of like the Niqqa’a that read books in prison and try to teach you shit that the misinterpret …. Still tho…. good look from Nas

  61. Rey Says:

    Just for the record, I enjoy a certain amount of gangsta rap, but it’s time in the sun is over.

  62. cOLD Says:

    being book smart is cool and all that. But if you don’t have that third eye working for you, you good as food.

  63. Duro Says:

    If you have nvr read any books or attended a higher institution you would think Nas was deep

    ____

    how do you define deep?

  64. IRELANDrepresents Says:

    okay now go easy… what does Jay-z mean when he says, I be spiked out? Is he refering to Spike Lee? As he is a huge basketball fan? lol seriously… somebody tell me what he means… cheers

  65. Detroit P Says:

    but he’s definitely conscious
    ^^
    …is that a shot at Derrion Albert

  66. Dem Says:

    But if you don’t have that third eye working for you, you good as food.

    ^ word

  67. Xenophon Says:

    SMH at folk taking citations from Fox News for their segments….ask any Nas fan about his catalog, and Shoot Em Up will be FARRRRRRRRRRRRRRR away from the conversation, not to mention Nastradamus….why take the same fail as O’Reilly???

  68. Harlem World Says:

    *Watches Oprah*
    *Sees Jigga on Oprah*
    *Sees jay as a success*
    *Listen to Murder Marcyville Remix*

  69. BSEENANDHEARD Says:

    # Rey Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Just for the record, I enjoy a certain amount of gangsta rap, but it’s time in the sun is over.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    True…..but we have to avoid this “It’s cool to be a tight pants wearing pansy stage” altogether

  70. BARPAN Says:

    IRELANDrepresents Says:

    October 5th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    okay now go easy… what does Jay-z mean when he says, I be spiked out? Is he refering to Spike Lee? As he is a huge basketball fan? lol seriously… somebody tell me what he means… cheers

    ^^^^^

    smh…how many more times is this ? gonna come up…lol

  71. cOLD Says:

    why take the same fail as O’Reilly

    ^ that’s nahright for you, a bunch of closet GOP members.

  72. Detroit P Says:

    # cOLD Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    being book smart is cool and all that. But if you don’t have that third eye working for you, you good as food.
    ^^^
    which one does Nas have…I hope the third eye doesn’t involve concious-isms like “This is for the struggle” “We need to start a revolution” “the illuminati’s controlling everything” “black people need to do better”…cus that shit don’t make you wise

  73. AmpGeez a.k.a I'm A Jerk Says:

    but he’s definitely conscious
    ^^
    …is that a shot at Derrion Albert
    ===========================
    So foul lol.

  74. IRELANDrepresents Says:

    @BARPAN
    ….so ur not gonna tell me, eh?

  75. Prophecy_projectz Says:

    If anyone’s been to a Nas show the past couple of years, I gotta say I love the way he sneaks “Shoot em Up” into the set.

    I’mma try to find a clip but it goes something like this

    He changes up the hook to go “IN MY Hood they just shoot up, just shoot up what? Why we kill, kill murda, murda?” and is just shaking his head in disgust the whole time….

    and then, at the very end of the hook he goes “OH SHIT! THEY SHOOTIN!”
    and goes into Made You Look.

    Comedic. Gold.

    Who says the Little Homie aint got personality?

  76. cOLD Says:

    which one does Nas have…I hope the third eye doesn’t involve concious-isms like “This is for the struggle” “We need to start a revolution” “the illuminati’s controlling everything” “black people need to do better”…cus that shit don’t make you wise

    ^ it can be defined as primal instinct being able to see niggas coming at you sideways, a connection to Earth, not every nigga possesses this. Some niggas are just surface niggas who don’t base ideals off anything more that what has been taught to em.

  77. Xenophon Says:

    why take the same fail as O’Reilly

    ^ that’s nahright for you, a bunch of closet GOP members.

    ^^ I have no idea what point you’re trying to make here….no shots….I was talking about the newsbrotha taking the same attempt O’Reilly took trying to mince Nas’ words….

  78. Rey Says:

    1- EnglandRepresent >>> IrelandRepresent, No shots. Spike Lee has courtside seats to Knicks home games. Jay’s saying he’s got the dough to sit right there with him.

    2- # BSEENANDHEARD Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    # Rey Says:
    October 5th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Just for the record, I enjoy a certain amount of gangsta rap, but it’s time in the sun is over.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    True…..but we have to avoid this “It’s cool to be a tight pants wearing pansy stage” altogether

    ^^^

    LOL.. I agree. That’s not what’s hot in the streets.

  79. cOLD Says:

    ^^ I have no idea what point you’re trying to make here….no shots….I was talking about the newsbrotha taking the same attempt O’Reilly took trying to mince Nas’ words

    ^ i know what you were talking about, and i was likening him to certain niggas who comment on nahright. stay close.

  80. Duro Says:

    niggas dont even know what deep means. THey think deep means trying to decipher who’s better between Jay and NaS by giving examples of when they dished out cash to charity or if either one of them cheated when they dropped Ether and Takeover

  81. Just.... Says:

    Lmao @ the interviewer trying to bring out his inner blacknees reading nas’s letter to the young warriors… then remembering he has to act white on ccn right after.

  82. james dean Says:

    urgh…….I hate to keep comparing the two but Jay on Oprah isn’t having this problem because he made SOME kind of crossover move and everybody likes that guy…… Nas just stayed in that same lane his whole career…No wonder they’re picking on him…..

  83. Xenophon Says:

    ^ i know what you were talking about, and i was likening him to certain niggas who comment on nahright. stay close.

    ^^ Fa sho….point taken….

    *continues listening to Obama’s “Purple America” speech*

  84. SilkCityP Says:

    I like what Nas had to say…and its even bigger of him to say it on national TV that he won’t change his content for positivity. Its not Rap Music people, its these bum ass parents, as they say we gotta bunch kids raising kids!

  85. Real Talk Says:

    SMH at thinking Nas Started this

    CNN turning into a Sly Fox in a way….

    Don’t believe the media. Nas is innocent.

  86. IRELANDrepresents Says:

    cheers Rey!
    Irelandrepresents>>>than England all day every day. x

  87. nat-turna Says:

    all your little comment about smarten nas are just beside the point you should smarten up and start endorsing real rapper with real things to say but i guess you’d rather have 50 cent as leader nah right suck this is really a coon website with no purpose or objective keeep hating on the truth and keep promoting material things you will be remembered as a positive influence on black culture.

  88. Mandrostar Says:

    real talk…
    didn’t watch the video,
    but, eskay’s comments…
    very on point

  89. Cinsere Says:

    Yo, this shit makes me sick! This is the kinda shit I expect from Fox News, not CNN. Instead of making this segment about what IT’S ACTUALLY SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT, they dig up a 10 year old album cut from his worst album and completely throw him under the bus! No, let’s not talk about I Gave You Power, Black Girl Lost, Ghetto Prisoners, One Mic, I Can, Thugz Mansion, Black Zombies, Just a Moment, or ANYTHING off the Untitled album! And no, let’s not talk about the upcoming project with Damien Marley, proceeds of which are going towards building schools in Africa. No… by all means, let’s keep that ONE song on repeat. Yes, his whole career boils down to that ONE song. Fucking asswipes!

    And while we’re at it… jesus christ!… the biggest rap star in the world right now is Kanye West, the most non-violent dude ever! The #1 rap album is Blueprint 3, which has like NO violent content whatsoever! The fastest rising star in hip hop is Drake… fucking wheel-chair Jimmy!!! Cudi just sold 100,000… all these niggaz is SOFT! It’s time to move on! Fo’real!

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  91. Fuck Eskay Says:

    Fuck EsGay he probably made that Smartenupnas website lol hater.

    How Jay-z stans still mad about Ether lmaoooooooooo.

    The same dudes that still say Jay-z won the war lol.

    If Jay-z drop garbage after garbage cd’s like BP3,BP2,Kingdom Cum(Giggity),Black Album & American Gangster they co-sign that shit no matter what.

    Nas aint deep? EsGay your asshole is though. Get off Jay-z dick your not Ty Ty

  92. mcb Says:

    Eskay keepin that hate on the low.

    Everytime Nas on tv, they play shoot em up, EVERYTIME. Man made so many positive songs after that. Hate from the media. Props to Nas, he spoke well and spoke true.

  93. QUEENS Says:

    Dear God, when will all the Nas hatred stop?! God forbid if he died early like Big and Pac unfortunately did you’d all be running around idolizing him.

    In an effort to be unbiased, although I am one of the biggest Nas fans ever I do agree that its apparent that he does have issues articulating himself when he’s out of his element. You can always tell when he’s uncomfortable speaking to people he doesn’t know. Although Nas is a star I don’t think he ever got used to the cameras and the attention. If you’ve ever seen Nas’ interviews from the early 90s he’s the same way. He’s just a very laid back and calm dude, maybe sometimes too calm because I would’ve checked that fucking interviewer for not doing his homework on me and trying to play me with the negative spin. At the end of the day Nas like everyone else is human and we all have our faults. His comfort level is with a pen, pad, and a booth. His comfort level is speaking with people who know Hip-Hop, and Lemon obviously knew nothing. Nas isn’t for everybody, and for those of you, just cuz you don’t get it stop trying to downplay what the God does. Its not an accident that he’s been at it since 1991 bubbling in the streets of NY then smashed the world in 1994. Half the people out there are loud mouths and very entertaining in conversation but can’t write, Nas is the other way around. Hate him or Love him, thats just the way he is.

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