What’s Gangsta? (Part Two)

First Diddy, now Nas has weighed in on what "gangsta" means now that the pioneers of gangsta rap are pushing 40 (or, in the case of Dr. Dre, are 40-something). According to Nas, "These days, to be gangster is to grow, to survive, to inspire, to change the world." --Esquire, January 2007.


What’s Gangsta?

''I wasn't afraid to be sensual and romantic. But I wanted to still hit you hard and make your body move. I just think that being honest is the most gangsta thing you could ever do.'' --Sean "Puffy"/"P-Diddy"/"Diddy" Combs A New Sound For Old What's-His-Name By SIA MICHEL New York Times September 10, 2006