Controversy seems to naturally swirl around Nasir Jones.
Al Sharpton and the NAACP have condemned his albums. He's had confrontations with some of hip-hop's greatest, including Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Jay-Z and Def Jam. And lately his name is smeared across tabloids because his wife, “Milkshake” singer Kelis, is divorcing him.
Through it all, the New York City rapper known as Nas stays strong. He's seen harder times.
He spoke to us about his music, the recession and his coming Wednesday performance with reggae star Damian Marley in the Stir Concert Cove at Harrah's Casino in Council Bluffs.
Q. You've got a lot going on (touring, studio time, family drama, etc.). How do you stay focused?