"It Was Like Cousins, Almost": Watch Nas Recall His First Encounters With The Wu-Tang Clan
The short clip comes from the Of Mics and Men documentary series that recently premiered on Showtime.
A new clip from the Wu-Tang Clan documentary series, Of Mics and Men, has been released. The almost two-minute video finds Nas recalling his relationship with the rap collective and his first memories of listening to the group’s music.
After explaining that he had first met RZA when he was still a solo artist, Nas goes on to say that he kept hearing about Wu-Tang and the buzz surrounding their rise.
“I remember being around Wu and I’m like, ‘Damn, they just like us,'” Nas says. “…It was like cousins, almost. It was like, you know, project kids. That was the language – project kids. We felt it, we smelt it off each other, and it just shows you that out of those housing projects come some brilliant people.”
The Nasir rapper then goes on to talk about what makes Wu-Tang so distinct, acknowledging how the group’s several different rappers and how they all were able to display their individuality within the group.
“The special thing about Wu-Tang being eight or nine guys was each one was a rapper that can represent his own individual self within that crew,” Nas says. “They were the example for all of us because we didn’t really see that before.”
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men is streaming now on Showtime. Alongside the documentary’s release, the Wu-Tang recently dropped a new EP.