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Nas has chosen not to stay silent when it comes to the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina. The Queens rapper passionately describes feeling weary of the way that America uses up the hard work and talent of Black people, yet we’re killed every day by the very people who run our country. He took to Instagram account to vent his frustrations.

This is BIGGER than BLACK and WHITE. This is about America selling a false dream. Now we’ve obviously progressed since the inception of this nation but we took our eye off the ball and it feels as though things are moving backwards. As a black man, I find it difficult to understand that our biggest export (our American culture) comes from us. The people in the streets… The way the world dresses, talks, what they listen to, what they watch… That all comes from us. How can we be the ones responsible for America’s biggest export & fear for our lives like we shouldn’t belong here. I don’t have all the answers nor do I believe anyone does, but we need to have conversations around how to improve as a nation.

Nas spoke out for the first time almost a week ago when the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church occurred, saying that “racism is rotting America.” Other rappers such as Killer Mike and Lupe Fiasco have also spoken out against the tragedy.


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