Recently we got to see Nas‘s somewhat controversial new album cover. The rapper is pictured holding Kelis‘s wedding dress, which looks especially suspect above the words “Life Is Good.” But Kelis came forward and said she respected Nas as an artist, so we figured it was okay. Now Nas has gone and released a track off the upcoming album where he shares some intimate details about Kelis and their relationship. It’s interesting that he’s opening up on this album (he’s got another great song about his daughter, which I included on our list of Best Summer Songs… So Far), but I feel like he skipped a few important deets on Bye Baby. Take a listen inside and tell me if Nas‘s version of the story seems a bit skewed.
Nas: Bye Baby
Did anybody else notice that he skipped out on the part where he cheated on her? While she was prego? Yeah, ok. He kinda left that out.
Ok, here’s the thing about Nas. He could be so cool! If he wasn’t busy doing things like this! I just am not a fan of false intimacy, which is what this feels like. He starts off by saying that Kelis had difficulty trusting him because her father was unfaithful to her mother, and he gives us the impression that he’s about to keep it sooo real about the relationship. And then– nothing! Instead, he blames Kelis for the divorce throughout most of the song. Not cool.
Now he sort of confessed to his infidelities on the 2010 track Strong Will Continue, but it was kind of veiled and he spent more time complaining about his $55,000/month child support bill. Which is what he does on the third verse to this song too. Guess he’s still mad about that.
I like the song (ish) and I like the idea of getting personal with your art (he shares some sweet moments as well), but I also love Kelis and I think it my duty to defend her honor or something, lol! And, if you’re gonna write a song like this, why not keep it, like, 75% of the way real?
But what do ya’ll think? Am I blind in my love for Kelis? Surely there are things that I don’t know about concerning their marriage; do you think Nas might be keeping it somewhat real on Bye Baby– like more real than I’m ready to admit???