Published Mar 16, 2010Hip-hop icon Nas recently spoke at the Boys and Girls Club of America's 43rd annual National Keystone Conference in Pittsburgh, where he was invited to talk about the importance of leadership and education. However, things got a little more personal than expected.
As AllHipHop reports, the Illmatic rapper opened up about a number of issues, including the fact that he never finished high school, admitting it's something he's always regretted despite his overwhelming success as a musician. He admitted that he's now planning on going back and completing his diploma.
"The reality of it is, you need to keep educating yourself, and I wish I had stayed in school," Nas told the conference. "Be your own leader."
Frank Sanchez, the BGCA vice-president of corporate and partner relationships, was taken aback by the rapper's honesty, and applauded his commitment to education despite such commercial success.
"This is an incredible message, to have someone who succeeded so much in their life, but there is still a void," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Nas was joined at the conference by fellow speakers Ne-Yo and ex-NBA player Bob Lanier.
In related news, Nas recently revealed a tracklist and release date for his collaboration with Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Distant Relatives.