NasNas’ collaborative album with Damien Marley is finally set to drop next week, May 18th, so the good folks over at Vibe recently ran a nice little feature interview on him.

Although they do talk about the album, the recording process, and other aspects of Distant Relatives, it was interesting to hear what the legendary rapper felt about the 2012, end of the world theories.

Here’s what Nas had to say about it:

Vibe: You’ve rapped about 2012, and we all remember Nastradamus’ Y2K theme. Would you call yourself an apocalypse theorist?

Nas: The sh** the Mayans was talking about and cities in ruins — you can’t ignore nature. I put that in “Land Of Promise,” ’cause I’ve been to Telon, Mexico and Tultitlán and looked at the pyramids and the calendar that [stops] in 2012, like, wow, what did they know back then? They had pretty sharp astrologists and scientists, so there’s something they’re trying to tell us, man.

Vibe:So would you say you’re a believer in 2012?

Nas: How many times have they said the world’s gonna end and it didn’t? It’s just something that raises your curiosity. I’m not saying I believe and that this is going to happen. I’m just like everybody else. If it’s gonna happen, lets get it in before it goes down.

Later in the interview, the writer began to ask about Nas’ new son, Knight, with whom he’s been only seen sporadically since his birth, thanks to the court battle between him and his estranged wifey Kelis. While Nas didn’t elaborate too much about Kelis, specifically, he did hint at the difficulty he’s had trying to see his infant son.

Nas: My son was born with ice grills, so when his mom feels in the mood she sends pictures. If not, its hell. It’s hell trying to figure that out, trying to get him — I’ll just leave it at that. It’s hell. A man shouldn’t go through that sh**, but it’s another story I’ma tell at a different time.

Read the entire Nas interview over at