During his sold-out King’s Disease Trilogy concert at Madison Square Garden over the weekend. Nas gave a passionate tribute to his mother, Fannie Ann Jones, who “worked across the street” from the iconic venue.
The Queensbridge legend had a special relationship with his postal worker mom, who raised him and his brother after his parents separated in 1985, when he was just 12 years old. Nas paused his career spanning set at the Garden to reflect on his mother’s hard work and alluded to her being proud of his accomplishments.
“My mother worked across the street at that post office,” Nas announced to the audience. “And she’s here with me tonight! I love you, Mom!”
“Got emotional in this sh-t! Don’t get it f-cked up, I’m still a real n-gga!,” he joked. “Aye, ma’, we did it! Every project n-gga, we made it!” he later added.
Fannie Ann Jones Cause Of Death
Nas’ mother Fannie Ann Jones died in April 2002 following a three-year battle with cancer. During a Behind the Music VH1 TV special, which aired in 2012. The Grammy Award winner opened up about his mother’s battle with the deadly disease.
“When she first told me she had been diagnosed, man I was floored. I was done,” Nas said. “I just saw her as the bravest person I had ever meet (sic) in my life… I was like, ‘This is not supposed to be happening… Why is this happening to her? Not this lady, this is the sweetest lady I’ve ever met in my life.’”
The veteran hip hop artist revealed he was on tour when he discovered she was near death and had to abandon everything to be by her side for her final moments.
“I seen (sic) the tear come down her eye and I knew she was waiting for me to get there before she left. It was heavy. It took a lot of thinking on my part: ‘What happens now?’”
Nas dedicated his 2002 album God’s Son to his late mother. The album featured a stirring tribute to her, entitled Dance.