While he hasn't released a proper album since 2012's excellent Life is Good, Nas has maintained a positive influence in the hip-hop community through focusing his energies on fashion.
After last December's must-have Santa Kaepernick jersey, Nas told Huffington Post he plans to continue creating clothes for his HSTRY brand. Up next is a new line for Black History Month.
Nas is reimagining classic black fashion statements such as “I’m Black And I’m Proud” graphic tees, "Black Don't Crack" dashikis and Malcolm X hats, as well as embracing classic street bootleg culture with items featuring black versions of Bart Simpson, Charlie Brown, and the Pink Panther.
Perhaps most notable about Nas' HSTRY line is how proceeds will benefit the National Black Child Development Institute. According to their website, the NBCDI provides early childhood care and education programs, publications and training with an emphasis on health and wellness, literacy and family engagement.
In addition, Nas' primary goal for the line is to emphasize how joyous it can be to celebrate black achievements. As he told the Post, "This collection is about turning things around and instilling positivity. Celebrating being Black in a loud and fun way. Taking a much-needed moment to be proud of the achievements we have made, our colorful culture, black royalty and excellence from the past, present, and future.”