There's nothing sweet about being 16 and having your dad air out your password-protected business, but when daddy is Grammy-nominated rapper Nas, the embarrassment is unthinkable. Last April, the hip-hop icon took his anguished hand-wringing public with "Daughters." And while it helped him rack up four nods at Sunday's telecast, Mr. Jones says he's just happy his little girl "still thinks I'm cool."
MTV News caught up with the rapper on Friday night at Cecconi's restaurant in Los Angeles at a pre-Grammy celebration, and we asked him whether daughter Destiny was happy about the success of the track, which will compete for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.
"I think she is," said Nas, who looked not a day over 17 in a leather topper, coral sweater and New Orleans Super Bowl cap. "You know, she has her own style. I think she's more happy for just the fact that her dad's not corny," he laughed. 'Cause, you know, her dad could be ... [it's] your parents! So I'm just lucky that we cool, that she still thinks I'm cool.
On the No I.D.-produced track, Esco relives getting called out on Twitter, after his teenager scandalizes him by uploading photos of "a box of condoms on her dresser." The peeved single father spits, "This morning, I got a call, nearly split my wig/ This social network said, 'Nas, come and get your kid.' "
"Daughters" is featured, of course, on Nas' celebrated 10th solo album, Life Is Good. Grammy voters showered praise on the LP, giving it nods for Best Rap Album and Rap/Sung collaboration, for the Amy Winehouse-assisted "Cherry Wine." His quartet of 2013 noms brings his career total to 13, but the real story is that the 20-year rap vet has never taken home the shiny gramophone.
Could Sunday night change all of that? We don't know but when Sway asked the Queens MC whether he was working on a speech, Nas repeated emphatically, "No."
"I really don't wanna even go there, 'cause I look at it like we already won," the 39-year-old said, reaching out to give Sway a knowing tap on the shoulder that made it clear "we" meant all of us who've sustained hip-hop culture over the span of 30-plus years. "No matter what, we winners, Sway!
"I'm just having a good time, I'm happy to be here ... and I'm grateful to all y'all out there," he added humbly.
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