What about representations of the black community in film at large?
all histories in black cinema aren’t really representations of us, I
think most people who know black people on any level know that to be
true. We’ve excelled as a community and as a people and as a culture in
every other art form in a way that’s just amazing. There are more black
fine artists than there are filmmakers, which is crazy because the fine
art world is one of the tightest knit out there. But I think this under representation also an amazing opportunity for us. It’s almost like
Silicon Valley in the 80s and 90s: the black community is where all the
great ideas are, it’s where the next generation of filmmakers are going
to come from, it’s what’s going to save movies. Once we start making
movies in the same way that we make music, it’ll be undeniable. Once
we’re able to represent ourselves—not even represent ourselves but to
express ourselves—in the way that we feel and we think, then I don’t
even know what to say. I don’t even know what that’s gonna look like! - Kahlil Joseph
Ill Advice: Nas Offers Advice to Kendrick Lamar On Following Up A Classic Album
Nas shares words of encouragement for Kendrick Lamar on the follow up to his debut album, while discussing the pressure and challenges of following up a classic album with Complex Magazine.
It’s no secret that Nas’ debut album, Illmatic, was not an immediate commercial success, but still managed to move the hip hop culture to another level, eventually becoming one of the most successful and praised debut albums in hip hop. Released in 1994, the album spoke of a time and a culture that when paired with the Nas’ lyrical genius, went unmatched by the works of his peers both back then and now. Twenty years later, the success of Illmatic and the timeless body of work continues to draw comparisons between Nas and other hip hop artists of today. More recently, the conversation has shifted to draw comparisons between the success of Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. During a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Nas addressed the comparisons between his debut album, Illmatic and Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city. With the massive success of Kendrick’s debut album, the pressure for an equally good or even better sophomore album is thick and can be a trying experience.
Nas, speaking with Complex’s Insanul Ahmed, offers words of wisdom and advice to Lamar while sharing his experience on the completion of his sophomore album and addresses the comparisons between the two.