During an interview with Sway of MTV News, Nas explained that those criticizing Common’s appearance at the White House are merely victims of an older, sometimes ignorant way of thinking.
“Their time has passed and they’re trying to hold onto a time. It’s actually embarrassing. People who feel like Common shouldn’t be performing are just really old in their thinking,” Nas explained to MTV. “It’s like your grandparents have a microphone, and not even smart grandparents—just ignorant grandparents. Because a smart grandparent knows there’s change. They’ve been around for a while…Things change. So a smart grandparent is gonna say ‘Okay, I get it.’”
Nas shared a similar experience to that of Common’s when his lyrics were demonized by a group of families prior to his performance at Virginia Tech in 2007.
“There’s a new America. There’s a real good America that’s here and they don’t want it to happen because it means that they are gone…It’s just done. It scares the hell out of them,” said Nas. “They feel like an endangered species in their way of thinking.”
Common drew a tremendous amount of criticism from FOX News last week when the rapper appeared at a poetry event at the White House.