Nas Admits He Was A ‘Bad Father’ To His Daughter: ‘Money Can’t Replace A Father For Her’
It looks like Nas is keeping it all the way real.
The Queensbridge rapper appeared on the opening track of Swizz Beatz’s Hip-Hop 50 Vol. 2, “Runaway.” On the record, Nas expressed his regrets as a parent and his lack of presence when raising his daughter.
“All I imagine sometimes under sunshine or vacation, things I did in my hood, situations, oh well/ Probably was a bad father to my firstborn/ Love her to death, but I ain’t been home since my first song/ Provided for her, but money can’t replace a father for her.”
Nas continues his verse by expressing his love and adoration for his daughter Destiny, as well as his 13-year-old son Knight Jones, whom he shares with ex wife, Kelis.
“Plus, I got a son, blessed with kids, yeah, man, I adore them/ And I was sure I was gonna leave this life too fast/ I got guardian angles came down and saved my ass.”
Nas previously addressed raising a daughter on 2012’s Life Is Good in the song, “Daughters,” where he reflected on the challenges of being a father.
“A box of condoms on her dresser, then she Instagram’d it/ At this point I realized I ain’t the strictest parent/ I’m too loose, I’m too cool with her/ Should’ve drove more time to school with her/ I thought I dropped enough jewels on her.”
“Daughters” earned two nominations at the 2013 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance, while Life is Good was up for Best Rap Album. The album took a deep dive into the rappers personal life, including his public divorce from Kelis.
Nas and Kelis tied the knot back in 2005. The pair went through a nasty divorce in 2009. The divorce was finalized in 2010 and was followed by an ugly custody battle for their son Knight.
In a 2018 interview with Hollywood Unlocked, the “Milkshake” singer accused her ex-husband of mental and physical abuse during their turbulent five-year relationship.
She also criticized Nas’ parenting skills, saying:
“A parent isn’t about showing up when you feel like it. You can’t not show up for months and then show up and try to make up your own [visitation] schedule.”
Nas denied the claims.
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