After his ex-girlfriend Carmen Bryan excoriated him via Twitter over his recently-released “Daughters” single, Nas is now receiving support from fellow MC Common, who says that sometimes personal experiences like those shared on the song are “necessary” and part of being an artist.
“I feel like in art you gotta be free to express what you need to say,” Common told XXL. “That’s our job. That’s what we do. When you an artist, you can pour out your soul. Sometimes that’s the way to get it out. I don’t think it’s different than what Marvin Gaye was doin’, it’s the same mentality. Marvin Gaye did an album called Here, My Dear. The judge said he had to give all the proceeds from one of his next albums to his ex wife that he was divorcing. So he wrote all the songs about they relationship.”
In “Daughters,” the Queensbridge MC broached personal topics related to his 17-year-old daughter Destiny, including finding letters from boys and the incident in which she posted a picture of a large case full of condoms to her Twitter account.
Bryan, Destiny’s mother, was incensed by the song, taking to her own Twitter account to call the song a “disappointment” and “humiliating” for the child.
Common says he can relate to the backlash, but feels that exposing that personal side of yourself can potentially benefit the listener.
“I’ve definitely had the mother of my child be like, ‘Yo, why you keep puttin’ our business out there,’” he said. “Like, when I did ‘Retrospect for Life’ about abortion. It’s necessary sometimes and honestly, not only is it a way for me to express myself, but it may inspire somebody else to do something good.
“Something that Nas said in that song may inspire somebody to be a better father so I think it’s worth it,” he continued.