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Nas Complex Cover: Rapper Compares Kelis to Courtney Love, Admits Money Problems


Nas proves that life is good even while experiencing trials and tribulations, all of which he speaks about in the June/July issue of Complex magazine. The Queens native scores the publication’s cover, which celebrates summer in New York City.

In the interview, “The Don” creator has a candid discussion about his ex-wife Kelis, the material on his forthcoming 10th studio album, Life Is Good, his relationship with his son Knight and monetary difficulties he is still experiencing after a past incident.

The rap star believes that his relationship with Kelis drastically changed once they got married, when issues surrounding money began to surface.

“Yeah, but it was a problem I was attracted to,” Nas states. “It was rock and roll. I saw Kelis as Courtney Love — but I also saw her as a mahogany queen. I saw us as a beautiful thing. I saw us as inspiration. People weren’t seeing hip-hop artists get married. A lot of people came at me crazy. But I think overall, we were inspiring people to love.

However, Nas admitted that the drama surrounding his cash flow wasn’t all due to Kelis.

“I let a person take her from me — and I don’t mean my ex-wife, I mean some bad business from, like, six years ago that’s affecting me now,” the rhymer shares. “And I take responsibility for it, because it’s my problem. But I still see that as something I have to fix, because if you don’t fix money, it’ll fix your ass.”

As for his son Knight, the 38-year-old reveals that he’s now able to see his son more often since he and Kelis divorced in 2009 — an act that was prohibited early on in the separation. As he tells it, “I’m at a cool, mature, easy place,” which is all reflected in his new album, due July 17.

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