Nas Was A Gifted Trumpet Player

Around the time Nas was discovering different worlds through books, he was also honing his skills as a musician. He began learning the trumpet at a young age and was very good at it. However, His father jazz trumpeter Olu Dara took the instrument away from Nas around the time he was seven because he felt Nas’s lips were too underdeveloped to play the instrument. He told Nas he would give it back once his lips got a little stronger so that he would be a more masterful player. When Olu Dara went to give Nas the trumpet back when he was 10, Nas rebuffed the offer and said, “I got a new thing now.” That was rhyming.


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