I’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS SONG SINCE 2004. AND I JUST FOUND IT.
When it came out, I was about 14, and I thought it was fucking genius.
I loved the fact that Nas was directly referencing the Blues, the roots that influenced Rap and Hip Hop.
But when you search the internets for this song, it’s virtually impossible to find. It’s not even on Nas’ YouTube channel!
Well, I dug it up anyway.
While the video had a high rotation on MTV and BET after its release, it’s just not a song that a lot of people remember. I LOVED the way it melded together Rap and Blues.
In it, Nas samples Muddy Waters song, “Mannish Boy,” which is not only a fitting sound, but the title speaks to the message of Nas’ song as well. His father, Olu Dara sings a blues riff as the chorus.
How many musicians put their parents on their songs?! Not many. How many TRULY dig deep down into their history and feature it proudly on a track? Again, not many. These are just a few of the reasons Nas is a genius, and this track is evidence of that.