“Nas, get your daughter,” was the common sentiment on blogs and in the comment when the Queens MC’s daughter, Destiny, photographed a picture of a box of condoms and displayed it on the ‘nets. Who thought he’d turn around and put it in a song? When he took the booth and recorded his thoughts on the incident and more for the track “Daughters,” many of the same blogs (and probably folks behind the comments) hailed the song as one of the realest and gave the rapper props for being so honest. But the feedback wasn’t all good. Destiny’s mom was not pleased. She took to the Twitterverse to voice her disappointment. “Do you really think Destiny appreciated that song,” she asked, concerned about the verses that put her daughter on blast. Despite the tensions that the song may have caused, Nas released the visuals this weekend.
“Daughters,” is shown through Destiny’s eyes. The video goes from childhood birthdays, to kick-it sessions with boys and friends, to graduation and a few things in between. What’s clear from the visuals and the video is the amount of responsibility Nas feels for Destiny’s actions. When he talks about the guys she’s into, he references his own dating history. When speaks on not wanting her to smoke weed, he alludes to examples he may have set – while rhyming with a red cup. What if he’d taken her to school more? What if she hadn’t seen him do certain things via the media?
The video and song do a good job showing how a number of men feel raising daughters. It tackles many of the difficulties of being a parent to a teenager, period. But how much of a kid’s actions are tied directly what they see from their parents?
How much of a daughter’s actions are connected to her father’s presence?