Riff: Nas – “Not For Radio”

Jun 21, 2018

To Catholics, Moors and Masons (motherfuckers!)/John Hanson was not the first black pres to make it/Abe Lincoln did not free the enslaved/Progress was made ’cause we forced the proclamation

from Not For Radio lyrics by Nas

Nas kicks off his eleventh studio album by reasserting his core values, the ones he’s stuck by for the length of his career. It can be taken in multiple ways: he’s been able to thrive despite his style not being radio friendly, and he’s dropping the type of knowledge that would shock the mainstream. It’s never been about the glitz and glamour, but rather the pursuit of knowledge and excellence.


Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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