Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama 23 Comments | Published by Shaheem Reid on Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 10:37 am
Obama, holla! Eventually Barack Obama will have to initiate a dialogue with the hip-hop community. I was with LL Cool J earlier this week and he told me about a new record he’s made concerning the presidential climate. And on Wednesday, my dude Green Lantern hit me off with a brand-new record from Nas called “Black President.” In the song, Esco speaks directly to Obama and gives him his outlook and expectations on what changes we need as a country. I’m loving Nas’ audacity right now! How bold are you to directly address the man that has a 50/50 chance of being the commander-in-chief? Hip-hop with substance is hip-hop at its essence — hip-hop at its best.
23 Comments to “Nas Releases ‘Black President’: New Song About Barack Obama”
Mr Brown says:11:11 on 06/05You know what? He doesn’t even need to be acknowledge as the best rapper in the world right now. Tell me when you hear this guys lyrics you don’t feel it instead of saying nice beat. When the lyrics can outshine any beat that is the mark of a true mc. Nuff Respect Cortez says:11:14 on 06/05It’s songs like this that makes Nas one of the greAtest music artist of our time. We are consistently talking about the hottest rapper, but how many of those rappers can push aside radio spins to get a real message out like Nas? I am so tired of hearing these one-hit wonder dance tunes when Esco can make you sit and think about stuff that’s going on in the world right now. Thank you Nas – G.O.A.T. shael says:12:05 on 06/05nas is the best you’ve all heard one ~~* and here he is again never disappointing us thank you nas Wilson says:12:21 on 06/05G.O.A.T…..This dude is in his own lane….How can you not appreciate the real ish this cat raps about. Much respect Esco…..Can’t wait for the album homey!!! Wilson says:12:25 on 06/05G.O.A.T….This dude is in his own lane. How can anyone front on this dude as being one of the illest and realist of all time. Keep spittin the real Esco…..Can’t wait for the album gr3um5 says:12:48 on 06/05NAS – N%##€9
NAS – UNTITLED
NAS – EPONYME
NAS – NAS
Thx HipHop and peace yall
THE N!99µR TAPE will be real ish !
one love estama elipheete says:1:05 on 06/05nas is the # 1 in the hiphop busness if y’all did
ot know.We eeed areall black president Joe says:1:20 on 06/05Nas is a turd Mrs. P says:1:32 on 06/05I’ve been a fan of Nas forever. This brother is a genius in his own right and we all need to pay homage to one of the greatest rappers of all time….. thelistener says:2:17 on 06/05HAHAHA…. MY N—-! Well…thats a certified BANGER on tha album! Nas is the GOAT… period. Who else takes the stance that Nas does for the people? Nobody. Living Legend! kayel says:2:47 on 06/05this is why jayz could never claim the throne without wondering if he is lying to himself, the modern day rakim and krs-one rolled into one, keepin it real NAS is truely the best to touch the ??% TEDARONI says:3:03 on 06/05oh yeah, history in themaking. The struggle that so many have made is paying off in a big way. The many blacks who have died and paved the way would be proud to see this happening. jordan says:3:43 on 06/05that is bulls— we are not ready for a black president cause there isnt a black man that can be a good president just like a woman especially hilary shouldnt be president rap and hip hop all suck your lyrics are s— they have no point behind them but to make you become an egotisticial ass—- that only cares about what they have not who they actually are The Illest says:4:07 on 06/05Mr. Brown you are on point. In this climate where a guy can be hailed as the best MC just for his swagger, Nas rises above them all. Lyrics still matter and he still brings you thought provoking rhymes that are way over the head of most of the kids who listen to rap not hip hop. Kid Poetic says:4:18 on 06/05It’s about time! Real hiphop has returned in the form of Mr. Nasir Jones. Finally, an artist who can speak on what’s going on and not care what ignorant people think.
@Jordan: That was easily one of the most ignorant things I’ve seen in a while, and that’s saying something since I’m only 15. America may not be ready for a Black president, but Black America, and the world are ready for it. Also, try listening to rap instead of being so one sided and ignorant. “People fear what they don’t understand.” detox says:4:37 on 06/05nice pac sample there
but its his lyrics man…how many others do you know that can even come close to Nas in terms of lyricism? Gameboy The 80’s Baby says:5:10 on 06/05Yeah dats what hiphop need right now! a real n—– to stand up and speak on sum real s—! tupac sample is hott too! I f—s wit nas! Check my music out @ myspace.com/gameboy206 if u wanna hear sum more real music! Dski says:9:14 on 06/05Take that Lil Wayne. Yeah now go kiss ya father. dez-up says:12:53 on 06/06I was so proud of Obama, stepping up and taking his place in history. It was an emotional moment so to speak;But, I say people need to 1st let him become President before laying 500yrs of oppression on the man, because will be President of ALL of America, for ALL Americans. OH and props to the kid for dissing that dumb ignorant ass. swerejr says:3:38 on 06/06yeah,this is the difference btn nas and others,am in china but i tell ya,nas is my best rapper of all times,he is skillful and real!,,,,behind you for life,keep it up! -Rez- says:4:24 on 06/06NAS isnt the best rapper…
he might rap… but not the great…
there is no ‘feel’ in his lyrics
he just raps the way we do our day to day talk….
so noo buddy…! obamahater says:4:47 on 06/06I have no respect for him.
if you can’t show patriotism to this country, don’t run for president. I LOVE AMERICA and I want someone who can lead this country with experience and patriotism… not bull****.
For someone to rap about a “black president”, just goes to show that this is all about race if he is affecting the hip hop class or as he stated “is one of his own”.
I don’t care if this is making history… I don’t care about making history… i care about my safety and how I’m going to be living when I go off on my own and into college. ~?@$* this IM BLACK **** so I’m voting for him because he is black. Put religion and race aside and listen to the two sides.
http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?RsrcID=2036 comments to obamahater and jordan says:8:30 on 06/06Good day to you all, as much as i want to comment on nas record (which is a killa), i couldn’t help but read what you ignorant fools are saying about obama. why is it that we are not ready for a quote ‘black president’ what is that supposed to mean? he is a human being just like you educated and respectful just like anyone else.
its sad to see that people like you still have an outdated mind set of equality and what it is to be accepted just for who you are. we have never been interested in a political candidate like obama. the world is finally accepting us. rather for you to sit in your house with your computer and type bu&^%&^ about the poor guy go out and read how much S&*& your current president has put us in and how mccain will do the same. why am i even bothering? if he was WHITE there wouldn’t be a problem now would it? it just goes to show we have a long way to go as a country and how ignorant and demeaning we tend to be as americans. visit other countries and see how we are perceived because of BUSH. Electing mccain would prove that they were right and the word ‘equality’ doesn’t mean a thing.
EDUCATE YOURSELF FU&%#@*.
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June 6, 2008
This is a track from “The Nigger Mixtape” that Nas plans to release. The song pays homage to our next President (yeah, I said it) Barack Obama and it samples Tupac on the hook.
Nas rhymes: “Obama provides hope and challenges minds of all races and colors to erase the hate and try to love one another.”
Nas puts a very powerful message in this song that I believe everyone should hear. Click on the link below.
Click here to listen to Black President by Nas
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Jun 4 2008 3:32 PM EDT
Diddy, Young Jeezy, Respond To Barack Obama’s Historic Nomination; Check Out Nas’ New Song: ‘Black President’MTV News has an exclusive clip of the new Nas track!Views 22,277
By Shaheem Reid
Now that Barack Obama has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, some of his biggest support is coming from the hip-hop community.
“Today is one of the greatest and proudest moments of my life,” Diddy said Wednesday (June 4) of Obama’s nomination. “Not just as a black man, but as an American. Senator Obama becoming the Democratic nominee for president is history in the making and proof that we do live in the greatest country in the world!”
“It goes Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama,” Young Jeezy raps at the beginning of The-Dream’s “I Luv Your Girl.” The Snowman says he’s been really interested in the political race this year.
“For real, as bad as we try to ignore it and act like it ain’t got nothing to do with us, it’s real,” Jeezy said about what some people in the black community have felt. “What [the rest of the country] feared for a long time, a black president, it could possibly happen right now.”
Jeezy said any of this year’s presidential hopefuls will do a better job than our current president. He wore a shirt onstage at Sunday’s Hot 97 Summer Jam that read, “F— Bush.”
“I know however it comes out, [the election] is gonna affect all of us,” Jeezy added. “It’s like trying to fix a record label that’s bankrupt. These different households — middle class [or] people on Wall Street waking up bankrupt every day when the stocks ain’t the same. It’s a hard job for any one person to fix the country. It’s a lot of people. I can’t make everybody happy in my family. I know damn well can’t nobody make everybody happy in the country. You gotta deal with too many issues.”
For months, hip-hop artists such as Will.I.Am, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, the Game, Jay-Z and 50 Cent have been publicly supportive of Obama’s quest for the Oval Office.
“I heard Obama speak,” 50 told MTV News earlier this year. “He hit me with that he-just-got-done- watching-‘Malcolm X’ [thing], and I swear to God, I’m like, ‘Yo, Obama!’ ”
He then threw his fist in the air. “I’m Obama to the end now, baby!”
It’s no surprise that the thought-provoking Nas would be the first hip-hop artist to drop a song about Obama’s run for the presidency. MTV News has a received a new song by the mic savant called “Black President.” (Check out the song right here!) The record conveys Nas’ hopes for Obama, should he win the election, and touches on some of the hardships he could face along the way.
The cut, produced by DJ Green Lantern, starts with Obama being introduced as the next president of the United States. It then goes into Obama’s speech from Tuesday night. The track builds with a sample of Tupac Shakur’s voice: “Although it seems heaven-sent, we ain’t ready to have a black president.”
Optimism then prevails with a man singing, “Yes, we can change the world.” That’s emphasized with a sample of Obama yelling, “Change the world!”
Nas’ first verse is almost like an open letter to the country: “They forgot us on the block/ Got us in the box/ Solitary confinement, how violent are these cops?”
He ends his verse pointing the finger at some members of the black community. “A president’s needed,” he reiterates. “These colored folks and Negroes hate to see one of their own succeeding/ America: Surprise us, and let a black man guide us.”
When the second verse commences, Nas wonders what Obama might be thinking on election night. “Is it, ‘How can I protect my wife, protect my life, protect my rights?’ ”
Nas himself then expresses the slight misgivings he has about Obama: “I’m thinking, ‘I can trust this brother, but will he keep it way real?’ ”
“I was making the song for the Barack Obama mixtape, and Nas heard the song and called, like, ‘Yo, I need that for my album,’ ” Green Lantern explained of how the song came about. “I said, ‘Of course, but it’s gotta come out now, ’cause it’s so timely.’ With his album dropping July 1st, it worked out. I think he does it justice. He not only supports the idea of Obama being the president, he actually questions it in the second verse in true Nas fashion. He’s positive, uplifting, but critical at the same time.”
Earlier this month, Nas told MTV News that Obama’s rise to prominence actually got him interested in politics again. The Queensbridge native did say that he had a very specific agenda he wanted Obama to address if he made it to office — especially in the wake of the Sean Bell case.
“There never been a president to address the slaughter of young black people by this country’s police,” Nas fumed. “When your government’s police are killing one section of people, that’s genocide. There’s never been a president to even acknowledge it. You don’t acknowledge that? That’s a big thing President Obama has to recognize when he gets in office.
“I’m five presidents in … and I ain’t seen nothing happen to stop the police murders on young, black people,” he added. “Why would I believe in the system? With that being said, I think Barack can cure that disease and help cure the country. Not just in that area with us blacks, but also with all Americans. Women are getting treated like dogs. You know how hard it is for a woman to prove she was raped? The system is warped. They throw young guys — who’s starving — in jail just trying to survive on the streets. Throw them in jail forever. Young kids, 18 years old, executed in Texas. Yet, child predators get to come home and do it again. I think it’s so much our president can do. [Obama] seems like a human being. I say that because a lot of presidents don’t seem like human beings. They seem like straight-up businessmen who care about nothing but the business. Nah, you gotta care about the people.”
“Black President” is slated to appear on Nas’ forthcoming untitled LP (due next month) as well as his new street CD. The latter, a collaboration between the MC and DJ Green Lantern, will be released toward the end of this week. The mixtape has two covers: One depicting Nas with his mouth taped shut, the other with a photo of police brutality