Nas has really been wearing his heart on his sleeve lately while gearing up for the release of his new LP, ‘Life Is Good’. The album, which hit stores yesterday, features personal tracks revolving around Nas’ relationship with his daughter Destiny, as well as his very public relationship and divorce with Singer Kelis.
This week, Nas sat down with Janelle Snowdon at VH1 and revealed why he decided to be so open about his personal life on the new project. According to Nas, the album gave him the opportunity to tell the real story versus what the media was putting out about his relationship. He also admitted that he strayed in the relationship and if he could do it all over again, there would be no infidelity.
Peep the excerpts:
On why he wrote “Bye Baby” and used Kelis’ wedding dress on his album cover:
I just wanted to do things that really have meaning, that have impact. And it just so happens, my life had been so public in the last couple of years that I felt that if everyone else wanted to tell my story and it wasn’t an accurate story, ‘Why not me tell the real story?’ And I wanted the album to show reality, love, pain, heartbreak, happiness, joy. All of the emotions of life. And there’s nothing more emotional that I could think of that’s been so recent in my life other than my divorce. In my VH1 thing (Behind the Music)…I told that story about the dress. And it just felt like the right thing to do for closure, for me.
On whether or not using Kelis’ dress on the album cover gave him closure:
I don’t know man. Certain things don’t go away so easily. The album cover made it fresh again to me in my mind, a little bit. I had to rethink things and stuff but its all good.
On the biggest lesson he learned from his divorce and what he’d do differently next time:
The biggest lesson I learned is respect…trust…no infidelity. I at some point got pissed off during the relationship and strayed. And I wouldn’t do that again. I would be all good.
On whether or not he told Kelis that he’d do things differently:
Yea. I told her. I told her that. I apologized. She apologized and we just move on. We live and we move on.