Nas serves as the cover boy for the June/July 2012 issue of Complex Magazine. Sitting outside under his umbrella-ella-ella (sorry, I had a Rihanna moment), the 38-year-old rap legend enjoys a nice bottle of water while his past studio albums appear on the ground and in crates. His forthcoming tenth studio album Life Is Good will drop on July 17th as his final release under Def Jam.
During his interview, titled Return of the Don, he speaks on Michelle Obama‘s beauty, his feelings towards his ex-wife Kelis, marriage in the future and much more. Take a look at a few excerpts below, and check out pictures from his photo spread shot by Kareem Black as well.
On The First Lady Michelle Obama:
“Michelle Obama is the most beautiful woman on the planet. She cares about people. All first ladies have their jobs to do, but you can feel her sincerity.”
On his feelings towards ex-wife Kelis:
“No. I got to a point where I was like, “Did she always hate me?” and “Did she ever love me at all?” I’ve got to admit, I did feel like that. But she did love me. A lot of divorces are bad because a woman is just being vindictive. She’s not after the money, she just wants you to hurt the way she was hurt.”
On getting married again in the future:
“Not right now. I’m enjoying life and looking at each day like, “This is beautiful.” I’m having a good time. I’m not going to bring anybody in to mess that up. You come around looking like you’re going to mess this good time up, you’re out of here—fast. [Laughs.] I’m not sacrificing my happiness for nobody and their drama. No way.”
On his relationship with women now that he’s older and divorced:
“I’m taken aback by the beauty of women. There was a time when I only saw big breasts and thick asses. Now, I see the beauty in the subtleties. Those are even better than the tits and ass. The aesthetics have changed for me…”