Father’s Day is two months away, but Nas reaches out to today’s listeners with the emotional and heartfelt new single “Daughters.” The follow up to “The Don” finds Nasty Nas bringing his trademark storytelling rhymes from a parent’s perspective over the sounds of No I.D. that’s set to appear on Life Is Good, arriving on July 17. Fans can look forward to the world premiere of Nas’ “The Don” video tomorrow.

Listen to “Daughters” as Nas explains the song concept in an exclusive interview with Hot 97, plus he speaks on sharing the stage with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys at Carnegie Hall earlier this year below….

New Music: Nas – “Daughters” (prod. by No I.D.)

Nas – “Daughters” Lyrics:

Check it out
I call it
Yeah, Yeah

I call it “Shit for Niggas with Daughters”
I call this “Shit for Niggas with Daughters”
I call this “Shit for Niggas with Daughters”
I call this “Shit for Niggas with Daughters”

[Verse 1]
I saw my daughter send a letter to some boy her age
Who locked up, first I regretted it then caught my rage, like
How could I not protect her from this awful phase?
Never tried to hide who I was, she was taught and raised like
A princess, but while I’m on stage I can’t leave her defenseless
Plus she’s seen me switching women, pops was on some pimp shit
She heard stories of her daddy thuggin’
So if her husband is a gangster can’t be mad, I love her
Never, for her I want better, homie in jail- dead that
Wait till he come home, you can see where his head’s at
Niggas got game, they be tryna live
He seen your mama crib, plus I’m sure he know who your father is
Although you real, plus a honest kid
Don’t think I’m slow, I know you probably had that chronic lit
You 17, I got a problem with it
She looked at me like I’m not the cleanest father figure but she rocking with it

This for niggas wit’ daughters
I call this, shit for niggas wit’ daughters
Yo, not sayin’ that our sons are less important

Shit for niggas wit’ daughters
I call this, shit for niggas wit’ daughters
I call it, not sayin’ that our sons are less important

[Verse 2]
This morning I got a call, nearly split my wig
This social network said “Nas go and get ya kid”
She’s on Twitter, I know she ain’t gon post no pic
Of herself underdressed, no inappropriate shit, right
Her mother cried when she answered
Said she don’t know what got inside this child’s mind, she planted
A box of condoms on her dresser then she Instagrammed it
At this point I realized I ain’t the strictest parent

I’m too loose, I’m too cool with her
Shoulda drove on time to school with her
I thought I dropped enough jewels on her
Took her from private school, so she can get a balance
To public school, they too nurture teen talents
They grow fast
One day she’s ya little princess, next day she talking boy business
What is this?
They say the coolest playas and foulest heart breakers in the world
God get’s us back, he makes us have precious little girls


[Verse 3]
And I ain’t tryna mess ya thing up
But I just wanna see you dream up
I finally understand
It ain’t easy to raise a girl as a single man
Nah, the way mothers feel for they sons, how fathers feel for they daughters
When he date, he straight, chip off his own papa
When she date, we wait behind the door with the sawed off
Cuz we think no one is good enough for our daughters

via KillerHipHop

Nas explains the concept behind “Daughters” noting it was one of the first songs he recorded for his new album.


In this bonus excerpt from Alicia Keys’ current coverstory, Nas speaks on his moment with Keys and Jay-Z at Carnegie Hall earlier this year.

VIBE: Alicia said that the recent show at Carnegie was a dream come true, in a big part because you have ALWAYS been one of her favorite artists of all time. She said it was a total New York moment to be somewhere so prestigious, and with you there. What was it like for you?

Nas: Carnegie Hall was incredible for a couple of reasons. I told Jay, look at us, two dudes from the projects on one of the most historic stages in the world. [We were] wearing tuxes, drinking vintage wine and champagne, on stage! That’s how you do it. Alicia was amazing. The feeling I had being on stage with her and Jay is beyond words in the dictionary. I couldn’t believe it. It was so Rat Pack. It’s no joke to be the one who creates the official song for the greatest city in the world. Alicia helped make this timeless “Empire State of Mind” song is a official New York anthem and Alicia keys helped to make it epic.

You’ve worked several times together over the years. She spoke to me a lot about how much she has changed, and how much her music has changed especially recently. What was Alicia like when you first met her? And what changes have you noticed?

I met Alicia before the world knew her. She was still on Columbia. Not on J Records with Clive yet… [the late ’90s]. I don’t know if she remembers this but, it was summer time in new York, me and my guys were looking for some place to go out to and we stroke up a conversation with her and her girls. And after that I have just watched her do her thing. Now, after we thought all the slots in the music scene were taken… Alicia has showed us the missing key, the cute around the way girl meets, the edge of Tina Marie, and the soulful classiness of Ray Charles.

Do you think in the radio world now, where everything is so pop, there’s room for her?

I would say it makes it even better for her bc there is only pop. She is a REAL artist in a pop world. This gives her the opportunity to never need to fake it bc authenticity is what people search for in music. She has that.

Alicia is super funny in person. Any stories you can share about her that reflect her true personality?

She’s creative. At Carnegie hall it was her idea to stay on stage for “Empire State of Mind” through “New York State of Mind.” It made the performance and homage to NY that much more for the three of us to be up there.

via VIBE

Previously: Nas Promotes 2012 NFL Draft in New Commercial