2021 has been a successful year for Nas, professionally -- but according to the Queens rapper, the road to success wasn't easy. During a recent interview with Ebony Magazine, Nas, who recently celebrated his 48th birthday, got candid about testing positive for COVID-19 back in October 2020 and how it altered the course of his life; both mentally and physically.
He told the mag,
“I caught COVID in late October. This is the first time [I’m] mentioning it. It was a tough time. It was mentally and physically hard. It’s just today’s world, with chemical warfare, crazy politics, racism, food shortages, police malpractice, Black-on-Black murder. The human spirit is being tested. I think that God has a plan for all of this. But right now, we’re in a serious time"
The Queens emcee, who snagged his first Grammy win this year after 25 years of making hit records, also opened up about being an inspiration to young Black artists and investors. After reportedly raking in $100 million from his stake in Coinbase, fans have been approaching Nas non-stop for investment advice. He added,
“I got people that stop me in the street to ask me about investment tips more than music. It’s really crazy, man. I met another Black man named Nasir; he’s doing his thing. He told me how I’m inspirational to him in that world of investors and fundraising. That’s what I get a lot now. That’s really rewarding. It used to be only, ‘I’m inspired by you to rap,’ which I still hear, and I still love it. But it’s about letting people know, ‘This is what I’m doing. You do it, too.’”
Since recovering from the virus, Nas' affairs have been on the up and up. His 12th studio album, Kings Disease II, earned him much acclaim and made it's way to the top of the Billboard charts, earning the rapper his 10th number one record. Check out the video for "Brunch On Sundays" featuring Blxst from KDII below.