Rap specializes in masculine bravado so there aren’t a lot of tender moments that come around. But this photo Nas shared on his Instagram qualifies as cute and he included the caption “In the streets of NY… I ran into a kid with the same hair cut as me.”
The picture has a certain sense of warmth and power, similar to but not as large as a similar shot of President Obama. It’s the power of the idea that kids can believe in their dreams even stronger because they realize those dreams could one day come true when they’re able to see and touch the people they idolize.
“Nobody says you have to be gangstas, hoes
Read more learn more, change the globe”
When I look at the photo then close my eyes, I can hear Nas’ “I Can” playing loudly in my mind’s stereo. Or maybe it’s seeing the prepubescent version of the kid who chilled with him on the park bench in “One Love.”
Whatever it is, it’s powerful and influential in a way that has nothing to do with brands or products. This influence’s target is people. To be more exact, the youth who will carry on tradition.