5th Letter- Where are you from?
Nah Son- I live in Southern Germany close to the city Stuttgart. I was born and raised here but I'm of Turkish origin and most of my family still lives in Turkey
5th Letter- I thought you lived in the states, what's it like in Germany?
Nah Son- Yeah I guess you ain't the only one lol. When I started posting I was in Turkey for a year and I remember back then you could name a location under your IC avi. So I put Istanbul on there and people stayed shitting on me no matter what I posted lmao. I could be like "Yo this and that album sucks" and got responses like "Man shut your foreign ass up" "The fuck would you know about rap" etc. So I was like damn I don't need all that drama lol. I never hid the fact when asked about it but I also kinda kept it on the low I guess
Living in Germany is pretty cool its a stable country and lets everybody be what they wanna be. But because of my background I don't really see myself as a pure German even though I was born here. Turks are the largest immigrant group in Germany but many locals don't really accept us so I'm kinda torn between two national identities
5th Letter- If you don't mind answering what do you do for a living?
Nah Son- I'm a law student and I'm about to finish my degree so I don't have a real job yet. But my main passion and goal is to make a living as a writer. I've written two books and now I'm working on the third one. This far it doesn't really pay the bills so I also have to do some part-time work in journalism. But I will continue writing and just hope I can catch a big break someday
5th Letter- What are you studying in law? What were your books about?
Nah Son- I study every aspect of it but the emphasis is on labor law which mostly deals with the relations between employers and employees. If I were to work in that field I would like to help out people who get fired for unjust reasons. But to be successful as a lawyer you shouldn't really care about justice, it's more about which client or case brings in the most money. Most successful lawyers will defend a murderer or even a child rapist with no fucks given. I always think of the Jay-Z line "Your lawyer screams 'Appeal!' only thinkin' bout a bill, when your chances are nil" and its true. That mentality doesn't really fit me well thats why my main focus is on writing
My first two books were non-fiction. The first one was about a soccer club cause soccer is a big thing over here and I've been playing it all my life. Then the same publishing house approached me about writing another one and I told them I wanted to write about hip hop. They were reluctant and said hip hop books don't sell well but then they agreed. It didn't make me rich but it got positive reviews in magazines and online media. And I learned a lot by doing it
5th Letter- What made you choose labor law?
Nah Son- To be honest I wanted to choose criminal law but its the most popular emphasis area and I couldn't get a spot smh. Labor law is cool too but in criminal law you learn by solving real life cases mostly and you hear some wild stories. For example my first exam in that field was about a married couple who kept getting stalked by some psycho who would regularly break in their bedroom at nights and just stand in the corner and stare at them. So the man got himself a gun no Nas and one night he shot that faggot in his leg. But it was outside and the dude was running away so you have to decide if it still counts as self-defence or not. Theres not a clear right answer to that in an exam its more about the way you build your argument
5th Letter- What was your early life like?
Nah Son- I grew up in a small town and my parents always worked hard and put food on the table for us. Looking back I appreciate that and don't take it for granted.
As a child I would hang around with my turkish friends cause immigrant families over here stay among themselves for the most part. We would play soccer all damn day and swear we were gonna be world famous players one day lol. Then I went to grammar school in another city and had to make new friends cause none of my friends from my neighborhood were there.
Some of my boys from my childhood are in fucked up situations today. One of my best friends is a drug addict and has to stay at a mental hospital cause he lost his mind, another one fled the country to avoid getting locked up. But I never put myself above them and I still try to keep up with them cause growing up together creates a special bond
5th Letter- What's it like in that town?
Nah Son- I left it when I finished school but I guess it's home for me because I was born and raised there. I couldn't live there anymore though because it's a little place and most young adults leave like I did. Some of them go back after college but I don't think I will cause I prefer living in a city
5th Letter- How did you get into hip hop?
Nah Son- The first rap song I remember hearing and bumping is Coolios Gangsta's Paradise lol I musta been eight years old. I would see the clip with Michelle Pfeiffers sexy ass every day on TV and rap along to that shit in my lil mickey mouse voice even though I didn't understand one word. Rap was just ill to me it was like a instant fascination I couldn't explain. And after I saw the video to Tupacs Changes for the first time it was a wrap. I didn't know much about him but when I saw him walk outta court all casual and smiling and shit dude was the coolest mf on the planet to me. As I grew up and with the internet coming up I was able to dig more into non-mainstream hip hop and all the classics from the eighties and nineties and my love for the music and the culture grew and never faded
I had a graffiti phase in my teenage years too and I still see some lil pieces I did in my home village when I go back. Unfortunately they're all on @genocide
5th Letter- Who are some of your favorite and least favorite rappers
Nah Son- Let me give you my top 5 in no order
Pac was just one of a kind
Biggies flow and storytelling was amazing
Jay is a flawless MC and can do it all
Nas made the GOAT album and is a true poet
Rakim is the godfather of this rap shit
Other favorites are Andre 3K, Kendrick, Kanye, Doggystyle era Snoop, Jay Elec, Pusha, Krit, Cole, UGK, Luda, Lauryn and the list goes on. I know he wasn't a rapper but I gotta give a big shoutout and RIP to Nate Dogg. It takes a special talent to outshine rappers on their own shit like he could do
Some of the rappers I don't mess with are French Montana, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown and Wiz Khalifa. I don't hate em I just can't get into their music
5th Letter- What are some of your favorite albums?
Nah Son- Thats a tough one man theres so many but Imma narrow it down to 10:
Blueprint, Illmatic, Ready To Die, All Eyez On Me, Aquemini, Reasonable Doubt, Doggystyle, 2001, Liquid Swords, good kid mAAd city
5th Letter- What are your thoughts on today's hip hop?
Nah Son- I'm not a old head but I think the quality and variety in hip hop has declined a bit over the years. I keep up with the new generation but I'm not really impressed.
If you think about it what rapper under 25 could you expect to drop a classic? I don't see nobody like that right now.
So we going through a lil drought but I think that's normal and will pass. Look at what happened after the Ringtone era, cats like Kendrick, Cole and Drake came in and elevated the game. We probably won't see another golden era but hip hop will be fine