New York rapper Nas has nothing but love and support for his daughter. The hip-hop veteran has shared an open message to Destiny Jones centered on the topic of Black excellence.
Nas Pens Emotional Open Letter
Nasir Jones went to his Instagram page to share his video message. It’s worth noting the letter is in partnership with alcoholic beverage giant Hennessy.
“Dear @iamdestinyjones — a letter written from the heart and in light of Black perseverance. #NeverStopNeverSettle Society celebrates the perseverance and success of Black entrepreneurs and is a continuation of @HennessyUS long-standing commitment to Black communities.”
In the video, Nas talks direct to Destiny about understanding the power of Black greatness.
“Dear Destiny, I wanted you to see something I never saw, feel something our family had never grasped, Black excellence. Something like the Greenwood District in Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1921. 40 acres and 35 blocks of black folks running the town. Lawyers, doctors, businesses, all black owned. Imagine that. The vision of Black Wall Street was intentional. And so was its downfall. A hundred years later, a hundred years strong, Black excellence lives on. Wherever black folks dream, the spirit of Greenwood is there. So find them, build with them, dream with them, be your own Black Wall Street. However and wherever you imagine. Your loving father, Nasir Jones.”
Destiny Jones has since reacted to the letter with a post about her cosmetics line.
““The vision of Black Wall Street was intentional and so was its downfall””
Nas’ NAACP Image Awards Presentation
Nasty Nas also went to his Instagram page to share a snapshot of himself from the NAACP Image Awards. At the event, Jones presented a first-ever Never Stop Never Settle Society award.
“Last night, I had the honor to present the incomparable @reneemontgomery with the ﬁrst-ever #NeverStopNeverSettle Society award at the @naacpimageawards. #Hennessy also kicked oﬀ its Acceleration Fund to champion the next generation of Black entrepreneurs. Visit the link in my bio/ NeverStopNeverSettleSociety.org to learn more”
The post sparked a co-sign from fellow New York rap veteran Busta Rhymes.
Nas Speechless Over Illmatic Induction
A few days ago, Nasir Jones went to his Instagram page to share big news to the world. God’s Son called his debut album Illmatic’s induction into the Library of Congress a mind-blowing achievement.
“Too Honored! 🤯 Thank You Library Of Congress!!!”
The huge achievement sparked a flurry of co-signs and salutes in the comments section including love from Destiny Jones.
“🙌🏽” -Destiny Jones
“👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾” -Larenz Tate
“🙌👏👏👏👏” -Roxanne Shante
“Major!!! Congrats 🍾” -La La Anthony
“INCREDIBLE KING!! Well deserved!!!” -Busta Rhymes
It Ain’t Hard To Tell
At the time of its release in 1994, Illmatic was celebrated for its originality and impact on the music industry, so much so that it’s been copied by others and considered highly influential as a project ever since.
Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones — “Nas” — released his groundbreaking studio debut in 1994. Critics quickly extoled it for its rhythmic originality and its realistic yet fresh take on life in the Queensbridge projects. Characterized by the masterful use of multi-syllabic and internal rhyme, surprising line breaks, and rhythmic complexity, the album’s technique has been widely copied and proven broadly influential. (Library of Congress)
The legendary album features handfuls of classics including Nasty Nas’ unforgettable “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” single.