Golden Egyptian faces

from Nas (Ft. Mary J. Blige) – Reach Out Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas’s album cover for I Am… was shot by Danny Hastings and features a his face as a golden Egyptian one. It was created using a clay face mold, which nearly killed Nas. According to Danny:

The funny part was that the first attempt, Nas was getting asphyxiated. We almost killed Nas. We cleaned him up, and he was like, ‘Let’s do it again!’ […] Nas was a true sport.

Speaking on his album covers, Nas said:

According The first one, you have him being a boy, very young. The second was a little bit older. And the third one, he was a king,“ he continued. "He already conquered the world. He was on top of the world. He was doing a lot of big things. We came with the concept of making a King Tut sarcophagus piece.”

Continuing the Egyptian theme, Nas also has a Pharaoh piece necklace.

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