Nas funds a startup to help job seekers
Nas has been making some major moves recently, including a six-figure investment in the publication "Mass Appeal." Now, XXL magazine reported that the rapper is pouring funds into a budding San Francisco app called Proven, which enables users to look for and apply to jobs right from their smartphones.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the creator, Pablo Fuentes, is a first generation immigrant that struggled with finding work himself. His goal to help others pursue a career regardless of whether they have a computer struck a chord with Nas, who saw a lot of these kinds of struggles where he was raised in the Queensbridge projects.
Nas noted that there's no better community to address the nationwide concern of joblessness with technology than the hip hop realm.
"Hip hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip hop artists are forward thinkers," Nas said, as quoted by the news outlet. "We want to stay with the new."