Nas has a brand new album in the works and plenty to look forward to.
However, the rapper didn’t use his interview time to plug his album, he spent most of his interview with Zane Lowe (AllHipHop) discussing the history of hip-hop and how much the deaths of Tupac and Biggie affected the rap world.
“Those two things hit my real hard, because I knew both of them. I knew Biggie more, but what they meant to the art form can never be redone, can never be replaced,” Nas said. “And when those two guys passed away I thought it was the end of rap.”
Nas also talked about the days when he and JAY Z were in full rivalry mode.
“Today’s music industry it’s really about money now and back then during that period , when you talk about me battling with JAY, it was about something else,” he said, “It was not just about being the top guy in rap. It felt like we were leaders of nations. Not that we were egotistical as, ‘I’m the leader.’ No, not in that sense. I mean what you felt surround us was - there was an importance in what we were doing that mattered more than just success.”
“It was more than just, ‘Oh my record’s going to sell,’ or…Yeah we need the records to sell to make money. That was something we thought about, but put that aside. When Pac made ‘Dear Mama,’ and these records and then he had to switch up to get in war mode, these were chess moves. This was real…today it’s a whole other world. I’ll just leave like that.”
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