HYPETRAK 專訪說唱歌手 Nas
今年是紐約說唱歌手 Nas 的第一張個人專輯《Illmatic》20 週年紀念，除了籌備紀錄片之餘，Nas 更在首週的 Coachella
今年是紐約說唱歌手 Nas 的第一張個人專輯《Illmatic》20 週年紀念，除了籌備紀錄片之餘，Nas 更在首週的 Coachella 音樂節上獻唱了整張《Illmatic》的歌曲，并攜手當年的競爭對手 Jay Z 以及 P Diddy 同台演出，獻唱了《Dead Presidents》，《Made You Look》和《Hate Me Now》等單曲。隨後 Nas 也接受了我們 HYPETRAK 的訪問，除了分享了對現今 Hip-Hop 文化的個人見解外，更透露將於今年內上演的紀錄片《Time is Illmatic》以及正準備開業的球鞋店鋪 12 AM RUN 的有關細節等。留意以下部分訪問內容的同時，也可登入到 HYPETRAK 查看完整訪問。
In the trailer for Time is Illmatic, Illmatic came from the days of ‘Wildstyle.’ Do you feel certain elements of the hip-hop culture (graffiti, breakdance, etc) are underrepresented in today’s culture?
I felt that it was underrepresented back then and today’s culture as well, so that’s why I really wanted to put a light on it in my music and in that first album. So yeah, it’s definitely a forgotten art right now but back then it wasn’t even really long since Wildstyle came out when I put out Illmatic. It was like those eras were like worlds apart to most people.
You recently performed with Q-Tip (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) and Jay Z (here in Coachella). Is a joint tour a possibility?
(Laughs) At this moment, we just celebrating the 20 years and it makes me think about all those guys like A Tribe Called Quest came before me. I think this is 20 years for OutKast too, and you know, artists like Snoop has more than 20 years, you know? So it just makes me think about all of us guys in that class, and Jay and everybody, and it makes me feel joyous about this whole thing that we’re around and getting on stage. So I’m just happy to get on stage with any of those guys from my class, you know?
There’s a new sneaker boutique you’re opening up in Las Vegas called 12AM RUN, what’s the process behind that and what made you decide on doing a sneaker shop?
I mean that was an easy one, since I was a kid I used to go to the street in Long Island City and go shop there. It went from me wanting to have a closet that looked like a sneaker store, I’ve done that a long time ago, so the next step would be a sneaker store, you know? And that’s how I look at life, I like food so there may be a restaurant coming one day. You know, it’s things like that that I’m supposed to be doing, so it’s just about life and culture, and fashion and lifestyle.
Can we expect some of your personal favorite sneakers to be available in the shop?
Oh yeah, like the Air Max 87, whew man… Of course Jordans, almost all of the Jordans are my favorite. And you know everything new that’s happening. I used to wear Ellesse, Saucony, I used to wear a lot of different brands out there so yeah, I wanna bring my favorites in there.