Written by LeVonda Brown
There is righteousness found in a man who has come so far in life that he becomes a teacher to a prospering culture. It is fascinating to see Nasir Jones show us some of his mastery through his HSTRY Clothing line, Massappeal Records and his role as a film producer. The light that Nas possess does not stop shining on his growth it also shines on his humility.
In 2016 we were able to see Nas successfully work on himself while being concerned about current events, giving back and paying homage to others. From the growth of Sweet Chick Life, 12am Run, Bevel Trimmer, HSTRY Clothing, XXIAM, Ghostbusters New Era collaboration, the movie The Land, The Get Down and Monster, Nasir Jones remained diligent. All the while showing concern for Alton Sterling and having courage to stand with Kapernick.
Also, despite his busy celebrity lifestyle he still found time to give love the children with his The World Is Yours 4th Annual camping trip and Queensbridge Toy Drive. The humility that Nasir Jones posses does not end with his business and community endeavors. He also shows the world that he admires perseverance by shining the light on the great people before him, with him and after him; such as brother Jungle, Steve Stout, Haile Salassie, Director Steve Caple Jr, Dave East, Afeni Shakur, Dougie Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew, DMX, Muhammad Ali, Alicia Keys, Chris Rock, Yo Gotti, Run The Jewels, Bobby Brown Foods, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Tribe Called Qwest, DJ Khaled, Kehlani, Sean Combs and the list goes on.
Nasir Jones undeniable passion for music and film is what attracted many of us to him and last year Nas celebrated his 20th Anniversary of his album It Was Written and 6 year anniversary of Distant Relatives. While creating more art by recording songs like Figure It Out with French Montana and Kanye West, Tell Your Friends remix with The Weeknd, Bitterland with Erykah Badu, Nas Album Done with Dj Khalid and Deep with Robin Thicke. The studio wasn’t the only place Nasir Jones indulged in music, he also took his music from the studio and into the stage on Jimmy Kimmelwith Erykah Badu, Barclays Center, Bad Boy Reunion Tour, Times Square along side Alicia Keysand Coachella. With all that Nasir Jones has accomplished it was exciting for us to see him on the cover of Ebony Magazine and be given the Icon Award at Revolt Music Conference; for the efforts of the one who gives victory should always be acknowledged.
A great mind definitely has no limits and we can see that Nas is limited less when we see his name appear in the credits of films such as The Land, The Get Down, Monster TBS and TNTDrama as a producer and an actor. Nasir Jones is a leader of the old school and new school and a major key to our culture. So let’s continue to show our brother support as we witness him develop and execute his goals.