Nas has been beaming as of late in preparation for album number 10, Life Is Good. On the day of his album’s release,VH1 sat down with the legendary emcee to discuss the music and what makes life great. For Nas, Life Is Good represents an honest place of where he’s been and where he’s at today. The good, bad and ugly. One of the most introspective songs, “Bye Baby,” is about his ex-wife Kelis, the one whose green wedding dress he’s holding on the cover. In the song he raps, “Listen, could you imagine writing your deposition?/Divorce Lawyer telling you how this thing gonna be ending?/With you paying out the a–, and I’m talking half/Not some but half. No serious, half/Half of your soul, half of your heart you leaving behind.” Nas bears his soul over a Salaam Remi & 40 beat.
When VH1 asked him why he wrote the song he said he wanted to do something that had meaning and impact. As far as matters of the heart, he admits a huge shocker, revealing if he had to do it all over again he wouldn’t cheat. “Respect. Trust. No infidelity,” he said. “At some point I got pissed off during the relationship and strayed. I wouldn’t do that again. It would be all good.” Nas is truly on his grown man tip for owning up to that. But had he told this to Kelis? “Yeah, I told her. I told her that,” the Queensbridge rapper said. “I apologized, she apologized. We just move on. You live and you move on.”
We always loved Nas and Kelis together as the badass rebel hip-hop couple. Maybe this is the beginning to a new start for the two. Stay tuned for more VH1 interview clips with Nas.