Nas Speaks On Collaborating With Nicki Minaj For "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"

Nas says that he "loved" collaborating with Nicki Minaj for her sophomore album.

When Nicki Minaj's tracklisting for her sophomore set Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded released late last week, some were surprised to see Nas included on a song called "Champion," also featuring Young Jeezy and Drake.

Speaking with MTV News, Esco revealed that the Harajuku Barbie reached out to him for the song, which will surface on the April 3rd release. "Nicki hit us up. I got love, so it was nothin' — I did the record," he said. "It's Hip Hop music; music is music. If I feel it, I can get on it. I heard the track, I felt it, I loved it."

Additional guest stars on the LP include 2 Chainz, Cam'ron, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross. She most recently released the RedOne-produced single "Starships" and filmed its video.

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93 Comments

  • Anonymous

    What!? Nas collaborated with Dikky Ming?

  • dipset

    He did it because he owes 6million in back taxs, google that it's real life shit and current. He needs that bread and looking for a handout

  • Anonymous

    Wheres Yessir? I want to copy down everything he says. Swag's post are long enough to bother with. Please write longer rants.

  • Anonymous

    nas you are a flip flop artist

  • Anonymous

    Jayz did a song with Nikki in monster. And jay got murked by her on the song.... Hahaha

  • Daviddanielz

    I was never a huge Nas fan and I for damn sure can't stand Nicki but you guys hatin on him for doing music with Nicki is retarted. I can tell your not really a fan if your gonna talk ish when an artist thats been in the game for 20 plus years is trying to have different experiences. It's just music, he's not co-signing her. He's not saying shes the best. He's just doing a song with her. Instead of saying all that bs, the question you guys should be asking yourself is. Now that Nicki has Nas on one of her tracks, is she gonna bring it or is she gonna go pop hiphop like she seems to like to do. That's the real question, cause if she goes pop-hop then she becomes extra corny to me at least.

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  • Anonymous

    Nas fans been begging for nearly a decade for that Premo or AZ album, but dude decides to rock with Nicki Minaj instead? SMH.

  • Anonymous

    Nas turned into a fucking whore, man. It was something special to get a Nas verse back then, now the gimmicks won't cut it anymore, so he's riding everybody trying to stay revelant. Relase a good album if you want to be revelant, you loser.

    • Anonymous

      It was the family judge who fucked everything up!

    • lloyd

      he's not trying to be relevant to be honest....dude owes alot of money for taxes and he has to pay a huge amount of child support...as much as i don't like all of the collabs hes been doing i understand why he's doing it

  • Anonymous

    What's up, Nas? Did you forget the album you released back in 2006?

  • Big C

    Yeah sound like a bunch of bitches on here trying to clown nas...He's a grown azz man and if artist want him on da album, why r yall mad at da man collaborating with her?? Grow da fuck up and by da way Superman u probaly not even from Queens talking bout snatching chains..been done got yo lil ass whipped!! Letz go Esco!!

  • Hundd Redd

    There is no reason 4 hatin' Nas. Just BUSINESS. Only I have to do is listenin' to only Nas' verse from that song

  • DutchWeazel

    Not a Nas collabo I would like to hear

  • gg

    Nas was never real anyways. He witnessed crime through his bedroom window, he was never on the block, he's originally from Brooklyn and he ran from Jay-Z's crew.

    • Anonymous

      Nigga what the fuck are u talking about Nas was born in Bk moved to the bridge when he was 4 so tell me how the fuck he ran from Jayz crew at age 4..., ps. Jayz did a song with niki the difference is niki ate up Jayz in mOnster..... Niki ain't got no chance with Nas on the same track..... Nas I kno the judge fucked u sO go get urs...

    • Anonymous

      youre a fucking idiot. nas was out before jay was and already had a huge buzz away from jay, back when he was still iceburg (you prob didnt know that). get outta here with that if he never shot anyone hes fake shit. 95% of rappers would fall into that category, he wrote about shit he grew up around. you think his two boys got shot for nothing? nas been true specially as an artist and definitely more so than most

  • Blake

    Anybody who can think on their own doesn't need to listen that conscious bullshit Nas kicks, only fools need to be taught.

  • Superman

    Fuck Nas. The nigga can't come back to my homeland Queens without hiding behind his baby brother Jungle. Yeah, that's right. The homie would lose those chains in a hot second.

    • Killer

      Nigga I'm from the bridge and we treat nas over here like a king! Esco probably the only rapper that can come back here ......

    • The Realness

      Cormega is the dude Nas wants to be. 'Illmatic was real cause you was tryin' to portray me'

    • Bonabo

      Bonabo wants to know where you were during the nasty video shoot. Tough guy on the Internet huh?

  • Yes

    Nas has one of the corniest voices in rap. He's a sell out piece of shit and only amateur kids dickride him as one of the bests when he isn't even close skill wise. The guys that dickride him are usually nerdy pseudo-intellectual hip hop fans that think they know all about hip hop and haven't been exposed to real lyricists. Nas is weak and not consistent at all. (besides releasing a bunch of shitty albums that his stans dickride).

    • Anonymous

      wow...you really copy and pasted that on both articles about nas..get off his dick homie, thats the definition of a hate

  • Dr Evil

    Nas always rapping, but when it comes to handling shit like a man, he runs to his daddy (see the way he handled the The Almighty RSO situation where he was punched in the face and had to call his daddy). This guy is bitch-made and is every bit as responsible for "killing" creativity in hip-hop during the mid-00s as Soulja Boy is with that lame Oochie Wally trash.

  • Swag

    Carter 4 >>>>>>> Nas's pathetic career.

  • Fiend

    I'm thinking NaS is tryna be the most featured artist in the game...and there's no way I'ma hate on that, the more verses from him the better.

  • Anonymous

    The boy can spit on anything he wants, lets show pop culture what cloth a real mc is cut from!!!

  • Anonymous

    Like I've said before, NaS have as many pop beats and pop choruses as he wants, and collaborate with anybody he wants and its cool, but if Eminem or Jay-Z does it they are sellouts....

    • fehu

      Jay collaborated with Lil wayne/ Nicki Minaj /Rihanna it was cool. Nas is doing tha same now it aint? Its wat u sing when u do tha collabo that matters. Like how Nas' Verse smashes the carter 4

    • Anonymous

      Uhh Eminem's topics were just as serious as NaS topics. Its just Eminem's are about his own experiences, where as NaS are about things he sees. And yeah Em has had some really bad punchlines lately but overall is still a great lyricist (don't act like NaS never has some bad lines)... And you realize Rihanna is on the track to give it authenticity because everybody knows she's been through domestic violence...

    • Anonymous

      Well judging by the last solo albums Untitled and recovery and the underlying theme throughout their albums I think that's why fans can justify nas not being a sell out. If I see that eminem is doing a song with rihanna I don't initially think that he is a sellout but if I hear it and it has cheesy lyrics and a cheesy chorus with a message aimed to please teenage girls then I'm going to think WTF. Nas had very adult themes in his last solo and collaborative album. Eminem...not so much.

  • Anonymous

    I know nikki is a gimmick right now, but i think Nas see it how the rest of us objectional people see it. deep down the girl has some skills.

    • John

      Undeniable talent but strong nefarious agenda too. She tip toes the line but her ass so big she covers both sides

  • Bom919

    Shit idk why everybodies trippin. Im actually lookin forward to this collab I mean damn Nas is one of the best so I say the more songs he does, the better. No matter who its with, he's relevant again bc of it. I mean look at all the new rappers trying to get on the track with him

  • da1

    Whatever Nas... After hearing nicki's first two singles she is more bubble gum pop now then even lady gaga or katy perry. If he's feeling that type of music then this guy is just going for broke man. I think kelis and her child support and spousal support is eating this nigga alive. He has to do something drastic like hop on a minaj and tyga joint... You know just to get by. I remember the days when nas would sellout but still held some credibility. It seems he doesn't care anymore. Lol this nigga just doesn't care.

  • Anonymous

    Lol @swag mad at nas for being lyrical. Its not his fault your stupid and don't understand shit past a 3rd grade level. Anyway esco been disappointing me lately with this type of moves. But I understand its business. Now if he puts nicki on his album that's a diffrent story. I'm truly done with nas after that.

    • Anonymous

      Scarface, Cormega, AZ >>>>>> Nas.

    • Anonymous

      Wayne lol please with his elementary punchlines and shit. The reason why lil wayne is the best to you kids is because out of all the garbage niggas on your top 25 wayne is the most lyrical which is sad. Compared to niggas like nas, ghost and jada he ain't shit. Even compared to niggas like gibbs, bronson, shit even lil joey bad a$$ better than wayne. But that's niggas on our list not yours. But the youths top 25 lol of course waynes better than the rest of weak class of rappers. Of course he's better than Ross,lil b, Waka, 2 chains. So don't speak on wayne the best of the garbage niggas

    • Swag

      LOL Nas is lyrical?? Try listening to some Wayne for complex lyricism.

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  • Anonymous

    nasty nas escobar.... he just wants to fuck... nothing but love over here i wanna fuck too!

  • kevin smith

    im done with nas nas used to be one my fav mcs and he still is but i aint fucking with him on this come on dog nikki manji are u fuckin serious she is one of the most over rated over hypes gimmick rappers to ever come out she dont talk about nothing she sounds like a fucking retarted minnie mouse im tired of these veteran rappas giving these garbage new rappers a free pass they dont pay no dues they make one song off you tube and next day they signed somethings gotta give hip hop now is in a state of emergency anybody that listens to this pre school bull shit out now u got serious problems real talk

  • C-LOW BLEW

    They should make a "Queens" record with Nas, Nicki Minaj, Kool G Rap, 50 Cent, Prodigy, LL Cool J, and DMC

    • Roland

      The majority of those emcees already repped a track together: Queens = Mobb Deep, LL, G.Rap, 50 & Tony Yayo. Queens is = LL ft Prodigy & F.A.R.M.E.R.S. off his GOAT cd Straight from Queens = LL's 14 Shots cd. Farmers Blvd Anthem = LL's MSKYO Shit, LL reps Queens more than any emcee from there !!

    • Anonymous

      Nas, G. Rap, Cormega, Prodigy thats it. LL & 50 would fuck up the sound

  • YESSIR

    I THINK NICKI MINAJ HAS A FLAT BUTT. SHE'S A TURN OFF! RICK ROSS IS A SEXY NIGGA HOWEVER.

  • YESSIR

    I TOLD BE PEOPLE AWHILE BACK THAT NAS WAS ON THE ALBUM AND NOBODY BELIEVED ME THEY SAID I WAS TROLLING. BUT LMAOOOOOOOO LOOK WHAT HAPPEN. NAS RESPECT NICKI RHYMES. NICKI ALREADY KILLED JAY AND KANYE ON MONSTER SHE ONE OF THE BEST RAPPERS IN THE GAME. 13 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG

  • thafranchise

    SWAG keeps saying We!!Who is we? You don't know anybody from Cash Money. You are just a fan who buys their music. That's it!! Nothing more!Baby don't pay you to be on these websites. lol

  • thafranchise

    You can tell how many little teenagers comment on this site. They say faggot a million times!!!!If you listen to Nas your a faggot"etc!blah blah!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yall actin like nikki can't spit

  • Jay Z

    Nigga you just doin this shit cuz you hurtin for the checks. I signed this nigga to Roc Nation and he aint done shit but awful collabos. Get ur money up nigga. Men lie, women lie, numbers don't!

    • Anonymous

      So Jay if numbers don't lie then are you admitting that currently lil Wayne is much better than you?

    • Swag

      yooo!! Bitch!! even I know Nas isn't signed to Roc Nation u stupid bitch!.. i cant wait till Wayne starts sucking Nas' dick and signs him up to Cash Money so we can dominate with the G.O.A.T on our side

  • dentaldamboy

    Nas needs to do a song with 50.

  • HIP HOP HISTORIAN

    so Nas did a song with Wayne (well Nas rips the interlude on his wack Carter 4) Nikki and Tyga, and its got some people worried "why is he doing it?"... clear answer, muppets like "SWAG" believe he's irrelevant now, so he jumps on songs with the biggest acts and just murders them on their own songs. which just proves who's relevant and irrelevant

    • HIP HOP HISTORIAN

      i do apologise to "imposter Swag" for making him cry.. but Nas is "real as it gets" no backpack rapper, but why argue with a no idea having lost little girl like yourself

    • Swag

      ^ this swag is a fake hes a faggot... come on Nas you should join Cash Money and help us dominate WE NEED YOU!

    • Swag

      Nas is irrelevant. Only nerdy backpacker faggot rap fans with no girlfriends like you are still checking for him.

  • Anonymous

    Money is money, and for all he knows, the song will be a big hit and suddenly he'll be in demand again.

  • Swag

    Anyone who listens to Nas deserves to die.

  • Swag

    Nas is trash! Wack ass rapper! He'll never be up there with the greats like Wayne & Drake.

  • Swag = Fag

    To all you Young Money faggot ass fans, notice the fact that Nas got on her album and not the other way round. Nas collaborated with Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, why do you think he would jeaprordise his taste and legacy by having Nicki Minaj's moronic style on his album

  • Anonymous

    Didnt Nicki Minaj say there would be no features on her next album?

  • Swag

    Nas is fucking garbage. He's nowhere near on Nicki's level.

  • Anonymous

    even tho i dont like seeing him rapping with artists like TYAG and NICKI MINAJ i guess you have to in this time and age! NAS is gonna send murder everyone on that track KINIG NAS BACK AT IT!!!

  • QB g

    NAS YOU WAS TALKING ABOUT NY HIPHOP BEING DEAD NOW LOOK AT WHAT THE FUCK YOU'VE BECOME ! SMH FIRST MOBB DEEP NOW YOU ITS A WRAP FOR HIPHOP NOW SMH

  • Anonymous

    MORE LIKE HE HAS NO MONEY AND OWES ALOT OF PEOPLE MONEY AND IS NEARLY 40 AND NOW DOING WHAT ALL THE OLD HEADS ARE DOING AND DOING SONGS WITH ANYONE FOR A BIT OF MONEY SHAME ON NAS

    • 614grind

      Typical elementary analysis from someone under 20 yrs of age who thinks gossip sites are reliable news sources. BTW, EVERYONE needs money.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously^ If this dude could have just fuckin hired someone to do his taxes then he probably wouldn't be doing songs with dumbed down rappers

    • Anonymous

      Dumbest...comment...today...You are ignorant. Simple minded. A hypocrite. And NOT funny...Since when was it a crime to do collaborations? I wish I could reach through my monitor and slap you, you ignorant teenage piece of shit.

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