Nas' Biggest Fan Lives In Houston, With the Tattoos to Prove It
Think about your favorite musician for a minute. Do you remember the first time you heard his or her voice? Can you relate each album or song to a different stage or major occurrence in your life?
Photos by Marco Torres Luisa Diaz and Nas
How many times have you seen him or her (or them) in concert, let alone met and engaged them in conversation? Can you recite lyrics off the top of your head and explain their meaning as if your life depended on it? Are you a true fan?
Luisa Diaz is a die-hard admirer of a certain Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, the New York City rapper known simply as Nas. She can not only answer "yes" to all of those questions, but also permanently carries that admiration on her skin. We spoke to this young lady and asked her about the origin of her fanaticism, her tattoos, and her favorite Nas songs.
Rocks Off: When did you fall in love with rap and music in general?
Luisa Diaz: Well, my parents and I are from Mexico, so I grew up listening to mostly music in Spanish. Lots of Vicente Fernandez, Los Bukis, Selena, and La Mafia were played at home. But one day, when I was a my cousin's house, I heard my first rap song: "Cramping My Style" by UGK off the Too Hard To Swallow album.
I can truly say that song changed my life. The combination of the smooth beat, the female lyricist, and Bun B... it was just so fascinating to me.
LD: I did, once! He probably doesn't remember, but I told him the story and then I rapped his whole verse back to him. I felt so awkward, but he was nice about it.
RO: What was the first Nas song that you remember hearing?
LD: "The World Is Yours" from his first album. It was at a house party and I was immediately hooked. I think I said "Who. Is. This?!" out loud. To which my cousin replied "that's Nas. He's really good."
So because I'm a big nerd, I went to the library to find out more about him and became obsessed. There was a notebook that I carried which had handwritten lyrics of all of his songs. I would spend hours writing and rewriting his rhymes.