Nas’ diversity and life views are the reasons why I relate to him more than any other musician.

Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones born (September 14, 1973), more known by his stage name Nas is an American rapper, tunesmith, and entrepreneur. Embedded in the New York hipsterism hop scene, he’s regarded as one of the topmost and most influential rappers of all time


I didn’t want to give my interpretation of these Nas quotes because I feel each bone will have different meanings for each person.


As a teenager, Nas enlisted his stylish friend and upstairs neighbor Willy “Ill Will” Graham as his DJ. Nas originally went by the surname “Kid Wave” before espousing his further generally known alias of” Nasty Nas”. In 1989, also-16-year-old Nas met up with patron Large Professor (23) and went to the plant where Rakim and Kool G Rap were recording their compendiums. When they weren’t in the recording plant, Nas would go into the cell and record his own material. Still, none of it was ever released.


Below are some of my most favorite Nas quotations. Some are lyrics from his songs, and others are statements from interviews.

Best Nas Quotes on Life and Music

“People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer

Guess it’s just the theory of man” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Hate Me Now

“I think it’s harder to make a classic now, not because of what people say, but because artists now are so concerned with what people say.” – Nas

nas quotes

“If you scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers

I could tell the future of a dude by how his stance is” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Trust

“You have to Keep your vision clear, Cause only a coward lives in fear” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Friends

“No idea’s original, there’s nothin new under the sun

It’s never what you do, but how it’s done

What you base your happiness around material, women, and large paper

That means you inferior, not major” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, No Idea’s Original

“Some seek fame cause they need validation

Some say hating is confused admiration” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Stay

“Mind’s in another world thinking how can we exist through the facts”- Nas

“Everything will eventually come to an end

So try to savor the moment, cuz time flies don’t it

The beauty of life, you gotta make it last for the better

Cuz nothin’ lasts forever”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, Nothing Lasts Forever

“Life is Parallel to Hell, but I must maintain”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, New York State of Mind

“Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life – by how one lives and what he did.” – Nas

“Look way deep inside yourself

Discover the diamond inside, find ya wealth

Once you get it, you gotta live it the limit” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Find Ya Wealth

“The whole thing is, do as much as you can, when you possibly can, and don’t stress.” – Nas

“In the mirror, sittin still in the chair like my conception

When everything around me got cloudy, the chair became a king’s throne

My destiny found me

It was clear why the struggle was so painful

Metamorphosis, this is what I changed to

And God, I’m so thankful” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, You The Man

Related  Super Motivational Picture Quotes About Becoming Great!

“Every great person educates themselves.” – Nas

“The reason I want to be alone, is I’m tired of all the things that went wrong that would’ve went right if I had did ’em on my own” – Nas

“The China-men built the railroad

The Indians saved the Pilgrim

And in return the Pilgrim killed em

They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday hellday

Cause I’m from poverty, neglected by the wealthy

Me and my niggas share gifts every day like Christmas” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, What Goes Around

Also, check out these Kevin Gates quotes about music and life.

Inspiring Quotes by Nas

“I do what I can do when I can do it

Feel how I feel when I feel what I’m feelin

Live how I live it’s only cause I been through it”– Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

“My music is a description of my vibe of course

My life, my sites, my thoughts, what I like on my fork

Cause you are what you eat, you eat what you can

You pray to bless the food but first you wash your hands

to wash away them bad spirits, don’t bring it in your home

Once you let them in they stayin, evil be gone, say it” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

nas quotes

“Political thugs in shark suits persuade us to pull triggers

in army boots, yellin “Join the armed forces!”

We lost the Vietnam War, intoxicated poisons

Needles in arms of veterans instead of bigger fortunes

There’s still a lot of brothers callin in the corporate offices

War in the ghetto, we crabs in a barrel, they torture us

They won’t be servin the beast too long

The murderers wearin police uniforms, confederate flags I burn

Beat Street breakers were dancin to the music I chose

And Peachtree Atlantic crackheads was tootin they nose

in frozen corners of Chicago, loaded up Llama’s children

with fo’-fo’s, and double-revolvers

We devil incarnates, headed for jail

Where Shell gas company in South Africa be havin us killed

Your paper money was the death of Christ

And all these shorties comin up just resurrect your life

It’s like a cycle” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

“Do your body right and it loves you back

You only get one life, and yo because of that

I’m still blazin, goin out for the cause.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

“I fell in love with words and I think that made my mom smile. I think that was cool for her.”- Nas

“The money’s ya religion sky the limit live life

Numbers is big business makes the poor live trife

The glimmers of hope provoke those without dollars to dream

Through your existence become wealthy knowledge is king.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Book of Rhymes

nas quotes

“Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, AZ Quotes

Related  50 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes to Help You Climb Out of Life’s Hole

“There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form; I wanted to kick everybody out. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “Obey Your Thirst” Interview

“Mistakes make masterful teachers.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Feeling Success

“There was a side of me that knew I was going to change the game, but I didn’t know how many people would respect it.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Daily Success Life

More Nas Quotes

“No one’s promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, quotetab.com

“I’m capable of anything; my imagination can give me wings.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Thugz Mansion

nas quotes

“Every time I get in the studio, I feel like I wanna have some fun. My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what’s me.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, beyourselfbehappy.com

“You’re supposed to be who you are. You’re supposed to make music that is true to you.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, feelingsuccess.com

“I think a lot of us know when it’s our time. No matter what profession you’re in, you get a feeling. If you worked on it long enough, you know when it’s ready.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

“If you’re given an opportunity and you’re lucky enough to have freedom to do what you want to do in your career, why trap yourself, why do something that’s not you.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “ObeyYour Thirst” Interview

“No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them, too.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

“I don’t have any regrets. The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those – those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I’m not even mad at the things I said that were a little dicey.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Wrap Up blog

“Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“Reading is everything, and although you already know some things, you need to read to get those things out of you.”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“I’m never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Eye 4 an Eye Freestyle

“Right, bless the lucky ones, man, that come into this business and can get the business side of it really easily… everyone wants to be a star, wants to do art, express themselves, do their thing and be appreciated. But there’s a business that comes with it. I am sure that most of the people step into it not knowing what the business side involves. There is a low percentage, maybe 2 percent, that knows the business side, and you can be black, white or whatever you are. So, I mean, we all learn from our experiences… some sooner than others.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“You only have one first chance to make one first impression that lasts a lifetime.” – Nas

If you’re enjoying this article, you might also like these XXXTentacion quotes to help weave through the darkness within.

Related  Spiritual Saint Quotes That Are Good for the Soul

“Failure is not an option, and I always felt like I’m a man who doesn’t have regrets, and I don’t live with excuses. I can’t take excuses.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

“Always observe, watch, and talk to older people.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

“Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

nas quotes

“All races, we can’t come together as Americans until our lives are threatened as a whole. And then we can always be together. In the middle of that, I noticed that racism in America does not stop. I wish I could ignore racism, but it won’t let me.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“I’m inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine — you know how racist America was back then — imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That’s bravery beyond comprehension. Then to survive in prison and to come home and be so resilient, he’s a role model in many ways. His eyes tell a story of glory.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, CNN Interview

“My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends

Dedication, hard work, routine builds character

In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers”

– Nas, Hip-hop artist, You Wouldn’t Understand

You might also like these inspirational AZ quotes from his song lyrics.

“I promise you, if you have a plan, you can accomplish everything you ever wanted.” – Nas

“I want to have fun. It’s a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.” – Nas

“I know you think my life is good ’cause my diamond piece, But my life been good since I started finding peace.” – Nas

“A lot of times it seems like, you ain’t gon’ make it where you wanna be in life. But, yo if you got a plan, believe me you gon’ get there. You gon’ get everything you ever wanted.” – Nas

“If you really believe in yourself and your music that much, you’re gonna do your thing, regardless what people say.” – Nas

“Life Is Good’ represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.” – Nas

“I think more people want to be rappers than anything else.” – Nas

“I want to sound like an instrument. I want my voice and my words to marry the beat.” – Nas

“I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style – and that’s what I do.” – Nas

“The sound of the ’90s, to me, is a combination of soul and street – it’s a feeling.” – Nas

Best Nas Quotes on Life and Music

“People fear what they don’t understand, hate what they can’t conquer

Guess it’s just the theory of man” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Hate Me Now

“I think it’s harder to make a classic now, not because of what people say, but because artists now are so concerned with what people say.” – Nas

nas quotes

“If you scared to take chances, you’ll never have the answers

I could tell the future of a dude by how his stance is” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Trust

“You have to Keep your vision clear, Cause only a coward lives in fear” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Friends

“No idea’s original, there’s nothin new under the sun

It’s never what you do, but how it’s done

What you base your happiness around material, women, and large paper

That means you inferior, not major” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, No Idea’s Original

“Some seek fame cause they need validation

Some say hating is confused admiration” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Stay

“Mind’s in another world thinking how can we exist through the facts”- Nas

“Everything will eventually come to an end

So try to savor the moment, cuz time flies don’t it

The beauty of life, you gotta make it last for the better

Cuz nothin’ lasts forever”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, Nothing Lasts Forever

“Life is Parallel to Hell, but I must maintain”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, New York State of Mind

“Life is short is what some niggaz said; not if you measure life – by how one lives and what he did.” – Nas

“Look way deep inside yourself

Discover the diamond inside, find ya wealth

Once you get it, you gotta live it the limit” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Find Ya Wealth

“The whole thing is, do as much as you can, when you possibly can, and don’t stress.” – Nas

“In the mirror, sittin still in the chair like my conception

When everything around me got cloudy, the chair became a king’s throne

My destiny found me

It was clear why the struggle was so painful

Metamorphosis, this is what I changed to

And God, I’m so thankful” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, You The Man

Related  Super Motivational Picture Quotes About Becoming Great!

“Every great person educates themselves.” – Nas

“The reason I want to be alone, is I’m tired of all the things that went wrong that would’ve went right if I had did ’em on my own” – Nas

“The China-men built the railroad

The Indians saved the Pilgrim

And in return the Pilgrim killed em

They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday hellday

Cause I’m from poverty, neglected by the wealthy

Me and my niggas share gifts every day like Christmas” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, What Goes Around

Also, check out these Kevin Gates quotes about music and life.

Inspiring Quotes by Nas

“I do what I can do when I can do it

Feel how I feel when I feel what I’m feelin

Live how I live it’s only cause I been through it”– Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

“My music is a description of my vibe of course

My life, my sites, my thoughts, what I like on my fork

Cause you are what you eat, you eat what you can

You pray to bless the food but first you wash your hands

to wash away them bad spirits, don’t bring it in your home

Once you let them in they stayin, evil be gone, say it” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Flyest

nas quotes

“Political thugs in shark suits persuade us to pull triggers

in army boots, yellin “Join the armed forces!”

We lost the Vietnam War, intoxicated poisons

Needles in arms of veterans instead of bigger fortunes

There’s still a lot of brothers callin in the corporate offices

War in the ghetto, we crabs in a barrel, they torture us

They won’t be servin the beast too long

The murderers wearin police uniforms, confederate flags I burn

Beat Street breakers were dancin to the music I chose

And Peachtree Atlantic crackheads was tootin they nose

in frozen corners of Chicago, loaded up Llama’s children

with fo’-fo’s, and double-revolvers

We devil incarnates, headed for jail

Where Shell gas company in South Africa be havin us killed

Your paper money was the death of Christ

And all these shorties comin up just resurrect your life

It’s like a cycle” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

“Do your body right and it loves you back

You only get one life, and yo because of that

I’m still blazin, goin out for the cause.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Doo Rags

“I fell in love with words and I think that made my mom smile. I think that was cool for her.”- Nas

“The money’s ya religion sky the limit live life

Numbers is big business makes the poor live trife

The glimmers of hope provoke those without dollars to dream

Through your existence become wealthy knowledge is king.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Book of Rhymes

nas quotes

“Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, AZ Quotes

Related  50 J.R.R. Tolkien Quotes to Help You Climb Out of Life’s Hole

“There was nothing more important to me than having a voice. I wanted to make a big impact on this art form; I wanted to kick everybody out. I wanted to open up a doorway for another generation.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “Obey Your Thirst” Interview

“Mistakes make masterful teachers.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Feeling Success

“There was a side of me that knew I was going to change the game, but I didn’t know how many people would respect it.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Daily Success Life

More Nas Quotes

“No one’s promised anything. You could have the biggest record on radio and sell no records.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, quotetab.com

“I’m capable of anything; my imagination can give me wings.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Thugz Mansion

nas quotes

“Every time I get in the studio, I feel like I wanna have some fun. My fun is not doing the easy work. My fun is doing what’s me.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, beyourselfbehappy.com

“You’re supposed to be who you are. You’re supposed to make music that is true to you.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, feelingsuccess.com

“I think a lot of us know when it’s our time. No matter what profession you’re in, you get a feeling. If you worked on it long enough, you know when it’s ready.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

“If you’re given an opportunity and you’re lucky enough to have freedom to do what you want to do in your career, why trap yourself, why do something that’s not you.” –  Nas, Hip-hop artist, Fader’s “ObeyYour Thirst” Interview

“No temporary chaos is worth your sanity. Just knowing that whatever happens, it happens to the best of them, too.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

“I don’t have any regrets. The things that I have said when I was young and curious about whatever the subject matter was, I respect those – those are growing pains. Even if you make mistakes, I go back to those things, my not-so-great moments because those are my truest moments; those are my human moments. I’m not even mad at the things I said that were a little dicey.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, The Wrap Up blog

“Working with great people makes you great; you learn a lot and it also gives you the experience and confidence to move on with your own career.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“Reading is everything, and although you already know some things, you need to read to get those things out of you.”- Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“I’m never gonna die, never heard of death, energy can never be destroyed only the flesh.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Eye 4 an Eye Freestyle

“Right, bless the lucky ones, man, that come into this business and can get the business side of it really easily… everyone wants to be a star, wants to do art, express themselves, do their thing and be appreciated. But there’s a business that comes with it. I am sure that most of the people step into it not knowing what the business side involves. There is a low percentage, maybe 2 percent, that knows the business side, and you can be black, white or whatever you are. So, I mean, we all learn from our experiences… some sooner than others.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“You only have one first chance to make one first impression that lasts a lifetime.” – Nas

If you’re enjoying this article, you might also like these XXXTentacion quotes to help weave through the darkness within.

Related  Spiritual Saint Quotes That Are Good for the Soul

“Failure is not an option, and I always felt like I’m a man who doesn’t have regrets, and I don’t live with excuses. I can’t take excuses.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Tavis Smiley Interview

“Always observe, watch, and talk to older people.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

“Don’t ever give up on yourself. Keep pushing because the change of guards is what life’s all about. You’ve always got to stick with whatever you’re into because you’re day is going to come. You’re day is destined. If you walk away from that, whether it be from fear or whether you’re just giving up. The greatest sin is fear and giving up.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Origin Magazine

nas quotes

“All races, we can’t come together as Americans until our lives are threatened as a whole. And then we can always be together. In the middle of that, I noticed that racism in America does not stop. I wish I could ignore racism, but it won’t let me.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, Ask Men Interview

“I’m inspired by people like Nelson Mandela. Can you imagine — you know how racist America was back then — imagine how racism was in South Africa when he had to stand up and say what he had to say. That’s bravery beyond comprehension. Then to survive in prison and to come home and be so resilient, he’s a role model in many ways. His eyes tell a story of glory.” – Nas, Hip-hop artist, CNN Interview

“My success symbolizes loyalty, great friends

Dedication, hard work, routine builds character

In a world full of snakes, rats and scavengers”

– Nas, Hip-hop artist, You Wouldn’t Understand

You might also like these inspirational AZ quotes from his song lyrics.

“I promise you, if you have a plan, you can accomplish everything you ever wanted.” – Nas

“I want to have fun. It’s a beautiful life. You learn, you win, you lose, but you get up.” – Nas

“I know you think my life is good ’cause my diamond piece, But my life been good since I started finding peace.” – Nas

“A lot of times it seems like, you ain’t gon’ make it where you wanna be in life. But, yo if you got a plan, believe me you gon’ get there. You gon’ get everything you ever wanted.” – Nas

“If you really believe in yourself and your music that much, you’re gonna do your thing, regardless what people say.” – Nas

“Life Is Good’ represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life.” – Nas

“I think more people want to be rappers than anything else.” – Nas

“I want to sound like an instrument. I want my voice and my words to marry the beat.” – Nas

“I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style – and that’s what I do.” – Nas

“The sound of the ’90s, to me, is a combination of soul and street – it’s a feeling.” – Nas

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.