Stream: Nas – ‘NASIR’
by Lupe LLerenas
Titled NASIR, the 7-track set marks Nas’ 12 studio album and includes songs like “Bonjour,” “Not for Radio,” “Adam and Eve,” “Cops,” and “I Can Explain.”
As for the cover art, Nas’ team shared it Thursday night (June 14), which shows several black children lined up against a brick wall with their hands above their heads. One of the kids is holding a toy robot, while others are wielding what we assume are toy guns.
The image was captured by photojournalist Mary Ellen Mark, as part of a 1988 feature called The War Zone. The story explored the disadvantaged neighborhood of South Dallas, where drugs, violence, and poverty were a part of everyday life.
“Ten years ago this was a working-class neighborhood; now criminals dominate the area,” reporter Jim Atkinson said. “Kids learn to play by watching the police, prostitutes work to support their habit, and families try desperately to stay together.”
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