Nas: How Parenthood Influenced My Music

Nas says that having children changed the way he uses language in his raps.

Nas recently released his new single “Daughters,” which shows the rapper opening up about the difficulties of being a parent to his daughter Destiny. During an interview with CNN, Esco explained why he made the cut and how balancing his career with fatherhood proved to be more difficult than anticipated.

“It’s a different thing for me, having a teenage daughter is different for me. I’ve got to be a parent, and because of the Nas - Having Childrenrelationship I have with my daughter’s mother and being in this business, it kind of took me away from her and being that parent who was there all the time,” he said, responding to a question about if he thinks he’s been a good parent. “I ask [Destiny] that from time to time and she says I was great, I was cool. So I did my best, but it wasn’t good enough for me. That’s why I made this song.”

He also explained how being a father has influenced the way that he uses dirty language in his songs. Nas said that the track “I Can” was inspired by the birth of his daughter and how he’s gotten more introspective since becoming a parent.

“My language about women, things, life was a little crazy. For a minute, when my daughter was born, I thought I couldn’t write anymore because she’s going to hear this stuff from her dad. So I started to make records that I thought she could listen to. I had a record called ‘I Know I Can’ and it was pretty cool and she liked it. That was my way of trying to get back.”

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