Socially conscious and socially active. Nas has always been one to not just educate and analyze on what's going on in society in his music, but he's also been known to get out of the studio and get into the community and speak out against what he feels are wrongdoings.
One of his most powerful appearances was two years ago at the "Millions March" in New York City where he, Russell Simmons, and Kevin Liles peacefully protested the killing of Eric Garner by police.
"Russell is a hip hop giant," Nas recently said, sitting down with legendary music mogul and REVOLT TV's Vice Chairman Andre Harrell. "Anytime he calls, I try to be there. If I'm not there, if I can't be there, I like to support anyway I can. I looked out there, joined the march, and there were thousands of people out there. All nationalities, that just want to see injustice stop. As I'm walking with Russell, I'm proud of him and what he did with this March. This is important."
Like all of us, Nas has been horrified by deaths of unarmed black people such as Garner, Tamir Rice, and Mike Brown at the hands of police. He sees the racial injustice as a digression in America.
"I can't stop to think about the things I read about the 60s and what they were going through in this country and all over the world," he continued. "I couldn't imagine that people haven't changed since decades ago and the whole world is now experiencing again what happened in the 60s."
Nas said he feels the "severe level of racism" that America is facing today has a lot to with bigots being upset Barack Obama is president.
"It's a lot to do with Barack being in office," he rationalized. "Racists who don't like him office. It's a reaction to it."
The music icon says the killings of innocent black people today hardens back to the lynch parties where whites hung blacks because of the financial success black people had. He cited 1921's "Black Wallstreet" massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the affluent black community was attacked and ravaged by racist white men. Hundreds of blacks were slaughtered.
"When Barack got in office, things just happened, things triggered off. The racist now, they can't handle it. They're going too far. We need a healing to come and re-educate people about how to deal with each other in the world. Anything I can do, I'm down to do. We need to be thinking. It's a lot to think about."
You can catch the full conversation between Nas and Andre Harrell on 'Music Talks' Christmas Day at 9pm EST on REVOLT TV followed by the "Drink Champs" marathon at 10pm EST.