Common Defends Nas’s “Daughters” Record


Common supports his buddy Nas 100 percent. The legendary Queensbridge lyricist recently came under fire from his baby’s mother, Carmen Bryan, upon the release of “Daughters”—the highly personal third single off Life Is Good.

On the song, Nas discusses finding a letter his 17-year-old daughter wrote to a man in jail and a photo of a box of condoms she posted on Instagram. Common, who is no stranger to introspection, says God’s Son was well within his bounds.

“I feel like in art you gotta be free to express what you need to say,” Common told XXLMag.com. “That’s our job. That’s what we do. When you an artist, you can pour out your soul. Sometimes that’s the way to get it out. I don’t think it’s different than what Marvin Gaye was doin’, it’s the same mentality. Marvin Gaye did an album called Here, My Dear. The judge said he had to give all the proceeds from one of his next albums to his ex wife that he was divorcing. So he wrote all the songs about they relationship.”

Common has previously been confronted for airing out private matters through his music, as well. On the Lauryn Hill-assisted, “Retrospect for Life” off One Day It’ll All Make Sense, the Chi-Town MC speaks on regretting his then girlfriend’s abortion. Though critically acclaimed, the song drew criticism from the mother of Com’s daughter.

“I think in music, you should be able to be very personal,” Com asserts. “I know it’s tough on the people that may be in the experience with you. I’ve definitely had the mother of my child be like, ‘Yo, why you keep puttin’ our business out there.’ Like, when I did ‘Retrospect for Life’ about abortion. It’s necessary sometimes and honestly, not only is it a way for me to express myself, but it may inspire somebody else to do something good.

“I’ve had people come to me because of those type of songs and say it changed their life or somebody be like, ‘Man, that song made me decide to have my child instead of having an abortion,” he continued. “Something that Nas said in that song may inspire somebody to be a better father so I think it’s worth it.”—Carl Chery (@cchery)

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  • land lord

    Nas.Com Let’s Get It!!!

    • JK

      I was losing respect for nas with a weak ass title “life is good” during a hard period of time of his life.

      But this song “daughters” made me think. Fuck he’s being a real human, amazing as 99% of rap is fiction.

      I don’t think he should have thrown his daughter under the bus, despite not selling as big as lets say Jay-Z nas is a HUUUGE artist.

      When he makes a song everyone hears it.

      It’s going to be hard for his daughter to recover from any consequences the song has. But…

      In Nas’s defense, if thie song is what it takes to make his daughter wake up then Nas did the right thing.

      Call it hard love

      • fresh87

        What you said was the dumbest shit i ever heard.Why would nas care that he didn’t sell as much as jay-z? nas doesn’t care about that,steve stoute even said that nas has turned more deals than he’s took,deals that could of made him more money than jay-Z,but he turned them down “by choice”. As for his daughter he did not put her under the bus,what he said in the song”daughters” the public already knew,he was just addressing the situation,which was coming from a real place.If his daughter didn’t instagram a box of condoms to twitter,then she wouldn’t feel embarrassed in the first place.

      • haha

        You sound foolish…how do you lose respect for Nas because he chose to title his album “Life Is Good.” Hip hop has the most ignorant fans of any genre with making statement like this. What does Jay-z have to do with this article? Hip hop fans are entirely too caught up in the goosip instead of the music.

        Nas’ daughter will appear in the “Daughters” video and she is more than likely over the controversy that the media tried to hype this up to be. If people were more concerned about their own issues they would have less time to speculate about Nas’ life “Life Is Good” 7/17/12!

      • Oh hell no man

        It’s not a sales stunt, it’s just Nas being Nas. If Nas has something to say he makes sure to let us know. I don’t think naming an album NIGGER is commercially ideal in any way for instance. Nas has always been more of an ideals over profits rapper. Just the fact that he made that collab with Damian for a charity album basically proves it

        And it’s important to note, that it’s the mother who is complaining about the song, which in itself doens’t describe his daughter as a bad girl – it just points out how fast she has grown up, and how that affects Nas as a father figure. The video however could give an negative

        • Oh hell no man

          A negative view*

  • Truth

    F Common, F Nas…irrelevant

    • Trez

      No, F YOU, “truth”. You’re telling lies…Both are relevant enough for you to take your time and post tho! lol Basic

      What Nas said on Daughters is very relatable even if you don’t have kids. Common is right.

    • SDK

      LOL
      YOU’RE CRAZY
      LOL

    • bigdigs728

      Whats your deal? two of hip-hop’s greatest are irrelevant? i am guessing your like 13 so you probably have no idea what real hip-hop is. but hip-hop is it’s own culture, in which both Nas and Common are among the most respected. stick to the garbage pop-hop that i am sure you love so much …….douche-bag.
      in fact, i guarantee that whatever garbage “rappers” you like idolize both of those guys.

  • JOESPH

    EmINeM talks about his mother like a dog and he doesnt get critics

  • oskino

    after iLLmatic… Nas gets a FREE PASS FOR LIFE!!!

    #respect

    • T. San

      Amen!

  • yeyo gh

    live is good/ posing lots threat to the garbage mainstream…nas can change the world

  • T. San

    People are making a big deal over nothing. I’m pretty sure Nas’ daughter isn’t distraught because he discusses her behavior in a song. She’s posting it on twitter with no embarrassment, her father is calling her out on it. Carmen is a drama queen – anyone with sense knows that even if she did have real concern with the song she could have handled that privately, not post all over the internet. She’s trying to make herself relevant.

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