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Nas+Kelis: Requiem for a dream…….
May 5, 2009, 1:57 am
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Nas and Kelis Fashion Rocks spread 2007

Nas and Kelis Fashion Rocks spread 2007

 

AGHHHHHHH! That’s my moan of discontent. The whole internet is buzzing about it so I figured I’d put my two cents. Let me just say that these two were my ideal power couple. On thier own, they land among the top of my “Dopest with tha Mostest” list. Nas is one of the reasons I fell in love with hip hop music. I loved hip hop, I grew up on it. But because of Nas I fell head over heels. It was this verse in “I Can” that did it.

“Be, be, ‘fore we came to this country

we were kings and queens, never porch monkeys

There were empires in Africa called Kush

Timbuktu, where every race came to get books

To learn from black teachers who taught Greeks and Romans

Asian Arabs and gave them gold when

Gold was converted to money it all changed

Money them became empowerment for Europeans

The Persian military invaded

They heard about the gold, the teachings, and everything sacred

Africa was almost robbed naked

Slavery was money, so they began making slave ships

Egypt was the place where Alexander The Great went

He was so shocked at the mountains with black faces

Shot up they nose to impose what basically

Still goes on today, you see

If the truth is told, the youth can grow

Then learn to survive until they gain control

Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes

Read more learn more change the globe……”

In all of 1 minute Nas summed up thousands of years of history.  He force fed us the most difficult truth we as a whole have yet to acknowledge in a small painless bite. Them jewels were not lost on me. It was at this precise moment in my life I was coming into my own as a young black woman trying to understand why it was so hard to be black and feel like a thing of worth, a thing of beauty. Nas knew why. It was then that I realized the value of hip-hop in the black experience. It is a passing down of history, my unveiled truth, my survival guide.  Now Kelis, is just fresh from head to foot. She is the original, before Fergie became the dutchess and Rihanna went bad, Kelis was all over it. Ever since she hit the scene with “Caught Out There” she was giving people the newness, and I loved it. They said real black girls didn’t dye their hair blue in my hood, Kelis did though. Blue, pink, purple and green. She had a flavor like no other and heads just weren’t ready, but now all the chicks is jockin that whole ” My swag is so different it can’t even be called different”  aura. I peeped you Cassie. Kelis is definately in my top 3 favorite female artists of all time. She is the only female artist whose entire discography I own, downloaded and store bought.

Beyonce and Jay-Z didn’t have shit on them. If they are the football captain and the head cheerleader, then Nas and Kelis were the brooding loner and the class ditching wild child. That couple that was so mismatched, it was perfect. Now I can only speculate, seeing as how I don’ t know them, but they seemed to me to be the perfect representation of masucline and feminine energies within a union. You have this sexy, intelligent, cool-calm-and-collected ass, rhyme spitting street prophet, and this stunning, rainbow haired, enchanting, intergalactic pop diva. They are individuals whose creative genius was ahead of thier time and even though they enjoy substantial success and fame I still don’t think they get due credit. There should be no argument about the fact that he’s a better lyricist than Jay Z, no contest, and Kelis is so underappreciated in this game it makes me sick. I got nothing but love for them and thanks for the contributions they’ve given us musically.You can tell I had a crush on them, and I’m truly sad to see this is the end. I’m hoping these crazy kids will get it together and keep love alive but it ain’t my life and I don’t run the show, I just watch it……..

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