Nia Long, the drop-dead gorgeous star of several classic films and shows, including Boyz n the Hood, Soul Food, The Best Man and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, took to Larry King Now to sit down with legendary interviewer Larry King, and discuss Hip-Hop’s obsession with her.
Anyone watching this interview clip on mute can understand the obsession if we’re being honest, Nia, but the actress, who turns 46 in October, gave a much more in-depth explanation.
So I grew up at a time where Puffy Combs was running nightclubs in New York City, and Boyz in the Hood was out, and Heavy D–my beloved brother who I miss madly–you had Biggie Smalls, you had Tupac, and there was Boyz in the Hood. So this was an era where we were all growing up in this business, and kind of changed the game a little bit, and gave urban music, Black music and Black films a space to actually do our thing. And I think that the rappers just kind of…were feeling Nia Long a little bit.
Well said, Nia. Towards the end of the clip, Larry King gets contemporary, and asks Ms. Long about a specific rap reference, on J. Cole‘s “No Role Modelz,” on which he raps, “My only regret was too young for Lisa Bonet / My only regret was too young for Nia Long / Now all I’m left with is h*es from reality shows / Gave her the script the b*tch probably couldn’t read a long.”
Nia’s response to that? “He’s really not too young. He just doesn’t know it.”
Well then. Even Nia Long shoots her shot. Ball’s in your court, Jermaine.