Nas releases line of charity Christmas jumpers

The 'Illmatic' rapper appears to have taken inspiration from NFL player Colin Kaepernick's protests

Nas is selling a new line of Christmas jumpers, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

The Queens, NY rapper runs his own clothing line, HSTRY, which is this year selling a special seasonal line of merchandise in time for the impending holiday season.

As Pitchfork reports, three Christmas jumpers – or sweaters – are available to buy over on the HSTRY website (retailing at $45 each), with three colours currently available: black, red and green. The design depicts a black Father Christmas who has taken a knee – seemingly in reference to the NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who has famously adopted the position on the field this year whenever the US national anthem is played. Kaepernick has said that he is doing it in protest of what he sees as the “continuing oppression of black people and people of colour” in America.

A portion of the sales from the jumpers will go towards The Center for Court Innovation, which “seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system, reducing both crime and incarceration.”

See Nas’ Christmas jumpers below.

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Back in August, Nas confirmed that work on his new album had been completed. However, since then no music from the project has been officially released, while neither the album title nor a release date has been confirmed by either the rapper or his label.

Nas last released an official studio album in 2012, with ‘Life Is Good’.