Nas Explains How He Remains Relevant

Nas speaks on staying true to himself and how that translates in his music.

Nas has been in the Hip Hop game for over two decades, all because he hasn’t fallen out of love with rapping. During an interview with Muve Music while at SXSW, Esco explained how many people think they’re relevant just because they exist, but that he stays important to Hip Hop because he focuses on being honest with himself.

“So many people think they’re relevant because they’re still alive. That’s not the case. Just because they stay alive, doesn’t make you relevant. Your music should mean something, and that’s what I always try to do. I don’t work hard on anything other than being me, and if that resonates and they say that’s relevant, that’s official. I get that question from so many people, ‘What makes you so relevant today when they’re not relevant?’”

Nas had released his latest single “The Don” the day before the interview, speaking on the immediate effect that it’s had on New York and U.K. markets.

“‘The Don’ dropped last night in New York and the U.K. It’s been really big. It’s just about music and the business and showing a lot of little guys out there that you can still say what you mean, feel free to do whatever you want to do and be happy. I just feel good to wake up and say, ‘I want to make music and somebody wants to hear it.’ It feels good that I still want to make music. That’s it. I don’t want any other accolades. I love that I love the music so much that I still want to continue make it.”

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158 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Everything a top 3 or a top 5 dead or alive comes up Nas name get the most mention so yea he's relevant...

  • Anonymous

    "Nas has NEVER struggled with album sells" His last two albums were struggles. They also produced no hits. If that's relevance, then the definition needs to be changed.

    • Anonymous

      Nas was touring for 2 fuckin yrs with Distant Relatives u dumb fuck!

    • MAck

      I feel like justifying an artist with album sales is weak while it may give you some closure. its still weak. does billy joel still go platinum or is he still selling out tours off old ish??. I see why people think they gotta become a rapper before 20. chumps like you will find any reason to hear themselves talk.

  • indeed

    NAS IS VERY RELEVANT PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE! When he drops music he becomes the #1 trending topic on twitter. Artists that aren't relevant don't generate this type of discussion on blogs. Nas haters/defenders gravitate toward him because he is either loved or envied by many. Haters don't comment on artists they consider irrelevant. In every post about Nas there is pages of comments discussing his life that is relevant to many considering you take your time to discuss Nas in some type of capacity. "LOUD LAUGHTER WRITING MY NEXT CHAPTER."-Nasir Olu Dara Jones

  • Anonymous

    "a lot of ppl who are "irrelevant" still make sales off their old classics" True, but it's not much. I think older rappers have a hard time because if you're Nas, you look back on all the albums you've done, and even though you realize you had a good run, the hip hop landscape has totally changed. Today's kids don't remember It Was Written. They don't realize that sold millions. There is no Yo! MTV Raps. No Rap City. Nothing but You Tube to jog people's memory about the relevance of the older dudes.

    • real talk

      Nas has 11 certified albums (8 multiplatinum/platinum and 3 gold). Nas has NEVER struggled with album sells. I think people underestimate Nas' fan base because he is not the type of artist that needs to be on MTV Raps or Rap City for his fan base to take notice. What seperates Nas from his peers young & old is that he is creative and not afraid to test the waters with different producers & lyrical concepts. He is also very sought out and respected by his peers young & old, as well as, artists from different genres seek to work with him...Nat King Cole, Korn, Carlos Santana, Nelly Furtado & countless others.

  • Anonymous

    the word 'relevant' ruined hiphop, stay relevant this "that niggas not dropped a hot record since when... so hes irrelevant" a lot of ppl who are "irrelevant" still make sales off their old classics and still have a loyal fan base which is still growing

    • HHFAN

      I agree. If you go out to Europe, you see everyone from Jeru the Damaja & Smif & Wesson to Rick Ross and the fans love it all. The US is just about who is hot at the minute.

  • Anonymous

    The reporter asked Nas the question u dumb fucks so he answered! How can a rap Icon b relevant still in this day of age without selling out! Since 17 Nas been a legend in the game

  • okok

    Nas The Don! The haters are MAD!

  • Anonymous

    Randem: Not a Nas hater, but if you gotta explain why, then you ain't relevant. ^ smmfh it's an interview, do you know what that is? They pick topics and ask questions and you answer them. Ever been through one? See, this interview took place at a major music convention called SXSW, where Nas performed his 1st album for the fans and industry people, and this whole scenario gives a great deal of credence to him speaking about relevancy in this article. I can only imagine the love he received there, after touring with Damian Marley for 2 years off of Distant Relatives and leaving behind the rap scene for a minute. From the days of high tops fades and paisley shirts, groups like Main Source, 3rd Bass, Eric B & Rakim, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Gang Starr and Hammertime pants, Nas is still here. This is not like how you people say, a stan talking, this is an adult's perspective. Something is really wrong with your mentality if you think this man is "irrelevant".

  • Swag

    FUCK NAS!! FUCK ALL YOU FAGGOTS THAT LISTEN TO THIS GARBAGE ASS RAPPER!! ALL OF YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO REAL MC'S LIKE WAYNE, BIRDMAN, WAKA FLOCKA, SOULJA BOY, NICKI MINAJ, RICK ROSS, etc.

    • Kellz

      LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      Lol @ Wacka Flacka being a real Mc.. Let's see Wacka is originally from Queens so I wonder who is his favorite Mc? Ummmmm isn't Nas???????? U dumb fuck!

    • fuck u

      fuck swag if i find ur ip address imma hack ur computer and track u down and rape ur moms and ur sister u got that

    • Anonymous

      YOURE JOKING RIGHT

    • Anonymous

      ROSS-3 SONGS WITH NAS WAYNE-RECENT ALBUM HAS A NAS FEATURE NICKI-RECENT ALBUM HAS A NAS FEATURE BIRDMAN-PAYING NAS TO BE FEATURED ON YMCMB ALBUMS SOULJA BOY-Y'ALL DON'T EVEN LISTEN TO HIM WAKA-INCOMPLETE IF YOU ARE GOING TO STAN OR TROLL DO IT EFFECTIVELY SO ICY BOI/YOUNGSTA/SWAG

  • Anonymous

    On the real all u crab niggas know the deal! Nas will smack ur fav rapper with his powerful tounge! He will Ether yea and body yea motherfuckerrsssss!

  • Anonymous

    ESPN pays every rapper to do something for their network.

  • Anonymous

    Nas the greatest Mc in the world u bitchass niggas!!!

  • Ra

    Jah eh tempo d bota esse Nas baitola no aogue

  • comachonvargas

    You faggots on this site are unbelievable. 'King of picking wack beats' 'hasn't hit a hit in 10 yrs' 'sold out the minute IWW hit the shelves' 'did shit with YMCM and MMG cause he needs the money' and so on and so forth... how can you claim to be hip hop fans when you criticize artists for things having nothing to do with the quality of their music... gossip girl Maury Show contestants you lames act like you are arguing about paternity tests... every single last one of you are bitchmade fucking failures Nas is a fucking legend... this is indisputable... dude rubs shoulders with Pac, BIG, Jay and THEY ALL RECOGNIZED... Rakim, Kool G, KRS, LL and THEY ALL RESPECTED... dude was dropping jaws on the mic when most of you cocksuckers were cuddling in the cabbage patch and he still can jump on any track with anyone he chooses... MEASURE NAS BY THE CREDIT GIVEN TO HIM BY OTHER LEGENDS NOT THE SPINELESS GRANDIOSE 'HEADS' ON THIS SITE Nas is beyond relevant... the word doesn't even apply to him... Illmatic greatest hip hop album ever... IWW classic top 25 and top 50 no doubt... Lost tapes classic... Stillmatic classic... your favorite artist got 4 albums better than those? DIDN'T THINK SO... fucking relevant get the fuck out of here... the man has immortalized himself in this game and in life... you can't even maintain a shred of credibility as a hip hop fan if you don't respect Nas... it's not even a debate And oh yeah... all dude needs to do is assemble two discs worth of the unreleased shit he has got and two more classics right there... greatest unreleased catalog to go with likely the greatest discography ever... fucking relevant... you guys seriously make me sick with that bullshit... bunch of fucking know it alls whose dough is small and always will be... leave this hip hop shit to those who can appreciate it

    • Anonymous

      Nas is a GOD MC, more value on him than any material possession a rich rapper could ever flash in your face.

    • Jay

      @comachonvargas How does Nas's dick taste?

    • Anonymous

      Riff raff man I swear these youngins are fuckin game! Lil b fag niggas... Nas stay relevant cause no one can fuck with him!!

    • Zer

      People hate Nas so much because THEY CAN'T say anything negative about his rapping...That's why they make up garbage about the beats, or his relationships, or his money. Nas is just too good on the mic...They need something to make them feel like Nas isn't as perfect as he seems...lol They feel inferior to Nas.

    • boogolf moto

      FUCK YOU PUSSY, RIFF RAFF IS BETTER, MY DICK, NAS SUCKS MY DICK AND SWALLOWS MY CUM!!!, JUS LIKE UR MOTHER AND SISTER AND DEAD RELATIVES, THR IS NO SUCH THING AS HIP HOP ITS ALL JUS MUSIC N LANGUAGE, STREET KID,YING,money

  • Anonymous

    nas is dope ....cntradcts himself ...YES! bt reli wich rapper duzn

  • God

    he need to start rapping over some hot trap beats

    • D

      ^ wow you have some daddy problems

    • Anonymous

      Then you morons will say he's riding the south nuts trying to be like Waka. Y'all don't even know what you really want. Kanye & Jay went and got a Lex Luger beat because you fairies were crying about Euro beats and what did y'all do? TRASHED IT, said they were dickriding.

  • Doubl Negative

    Nas needs to fuck with Premo, Extra P or Pete Rock. Failing that, I'd like to hear him spit over some beats by younger cats like Necro, Oh No, Black Milk, Evidence or Exile. Anyone, old or new, just as long as they create real hip-hop music and not the wack-ass shit he's been giving the public post-Illmatic.

    • fuxk u

      fuck u kid hip hop back in the 90s was way better then now. So fuck off u fucking pussy go listen to lil b u fucking feggot

    • Anonymous

      SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU FUCKING NERD. I'm tired of people saying that bullshit...This is 2012 you fucking faggot, not 1992. There has been NOTHING wrong with the music he's been doing. You're fucking brainwashed...I can't stand you underground pussies

  • insanemacbeth

    i'm more into the two main emcees that influenced NAS, myself (RAKIM, and KOOL G. RAP)... but...a top form NAS (tracks like "I GAVE YOU POWER", "NAS IS LIKE...") to me, will alwayz be relevant, to hip-hop and emceeing...in my opinion!

  • Anonymous

    Nas is sellout just like all those other bitches, differece is, he will never admit it. Look at his new tracks, he raps about all the same trash these other sellouts do. This nigga sold out as soon as IWW hit stores.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO I GAVE YOU POWER, SWEET DREAMS, IF I RULED THE WORLD, NAS IS LIKE, SHOOTOUTS AND BLACK GIRL LOST ARE SELLOUT SONGS? I AM? JUST A MOMENT? TESTIFY? FRIED CHICKEN? SLY FOX? HERO? N!GG3R? LAST REAL N!GGA ALIVE? LEMME GUESS, YOU GONNA BRING UP THEM SAME SONGS, OOCHIE WALLY AND YOU OWE ME, I'LL THROW IN NASTRADAMUS TO HELP YOU OUT. THESE LAMES ARE CONFUSING SWITCHING TOPICS AS SELLING OUT.

    • ETK

      laughable? what the fuck else are they supposed to do no, the problem is you stick-up-the-ass MFs who whine about 80% of the rap game selling out.. they mostly all go through the same phase, soon enough your precious Kendrick Lamars and Big KRITs will too

    • Anonymous

      ^^ You hit it! Exactly!!! That's what I always thought, it's laughable how they used this 'real'-gimmick to their advantage after they tried to sell out several times.

    • Anonymous

      i agree with you... and its funny how people still consider nas or mobb deep to be 'real', they did everything in their power to sell in late 90s, 98,99,2000, and when they failed, they returned to 'being real' and hood... come on guys

    • Anonymous

      if you like tupac or biggie then you can't say anything about him selling out when IWW was released. How was albums like untitled or distant relatives sell out albums? Are you just retarded? I'm going to go with yes. He became more conscious and expanded after illmatic. You don't even know what a the definition of a sellout is because your one of these people who thinks he is a hip hop head when really he knows nothing about hip hop and only sees one strand of the genre which is ghetto music which is stale.

  • bigfoot89

    This is what I appreciate about Nas, pure honesty and real hip-hop, none of these clown ass rappers today care one bit about just making music but chasing 5 minutes of fame.

  • Anonymous

    Relevant, huh? That's why you can't even get a release date, hahahaha.

  • y11

    Relevant means having hits being popular and nas does not have that. so he is irrelevant and he is the king of picking wack beats

    • Anonymous

      Non existent outside the internet? You clowns will say anything. If that was the case then Lil B would be doing the NFL draft music with Kreayshawn doing the cooking dance, they're internet sensations. loL @ you fools

    • Anonymous

      hahaha @ his fans shitting on popular songs just because nas couldn't produce a hit if his life depended on it, this nigga closing in his 10th year without a real hit, he's basically non-existent outside the internet.

  • qtr

    Nas said being honest with himself? what about the firm album when you was pushing keys? What about the song money is my bitch????? Nas you contradict yourself just like Pac did. After illmatic it went downhill. Okay you are better then those faggots like lil wayne, drake, 50 cent etc. but come on hiphop is wack nowadays.

    • Kanye West

      Hey! 50 WAS the last REAL nigga to go big and sell. Now he's Curtis Jackson the entrepreneur. So now your faggots wayne and drake came and took over the radio cuz all the real niggas left...SMH

    • Anonymous

      One day it's all entertainment, don't believe rappers, the next day y'all pointing out contradictions.

  • Anonymous

    Nas aint relevant anymore. Remember when he dropped that wackass album Nasrtradamus. He went commercial on that awfaul single with Ginowine. Remember when Nas was acting like a maffiadon and shooting and killing and selling keys???? But nobody is complaining about that. In fact nas is a fake hustler rapper himself with no streetcred. Oh and im not a nas Hater because i have his first 3 albums so suck a dick.

    • Anonymous

      U HAVIN' HIS FIRST 3 ALBUMS DON'T MEAN SH!T. WE CAN SEE YOU STOPPED LISTENING AFTER NASTRADAMUS AND THE FIRM ALBUM. WHILE THE CHILDREN WERE INSPIRED BY I AM YOU WERE STILL BUTTHURT OVER YOU OWE ME.

  • Anonymous

    Nas you aint relevant anymore but your music is still okay but not spectecular

  • GOAT: NaS

    Real recognize real. If you're saying NaS is irrelevant you were either born in the 90's or are ignorant to the fact that he influenced your favorite rapper and continues to influence Hip Hop as a whole. Dude releases an album called "Hip Hop Is Dead" and all of the sudden instead of UNK, MIMS and the Yin Yang Twins dominating the radio, we get artists that can actually rhyme(Lupe Fiasco, J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., ETC) getting the spot light again. all because he didn't give a fuck and spoke his mind and got people discussing.

    • Anonymous

      you also get drake niki minaj and the rest of the ymca sorry ymcm watering down the genre, honorable mention to the swag rapists. ying yang twins and mims may have been pushed out but they have been replaced with even worse acts like waka soulja gucci french montana white girl mob iggy azalea. i make no mention of lil b cause dude does that wack shit on purpose to get attention. hiphop is still dead

    • Anonymous

      You giving him waaay too much credit for this. And Nas is the absolute last who should say that he stayed true to himself. Can't blame this nigga though, it's just his dumb ass groupies that will eat up everything he says.

  • Anonymous

    i'am not a fan but is anybody with me he is irrelevant. hip hop culture doesnt really depend on him or need him to put out a record in order for the music to stand up. now jay z is sometimes needed lil wayne releases are needed a few other cats but no way not him any more.

    • Anonymous

      jay z and lil wayne are not "needed" if they were needed then hiphop wouldnt have existed in the early 90s and 80s stop overrating these acts neither of them are goats

    • Jae Pee

      @anonymous : i fully cosign what u just sai my dude !!! niggas don't really know the definition of irrelevant !!!how the hell can u be irrelevant when your toays hottest MC's ask for a NAS Features on their LP'S or Album ? Niggas dumb tho #Nas is the on, ain't no fan talk but F/A/C/T/S

    • Anonymous

      There are detailed accolades, facts within the last 2 years, on this very thread that disagree with you. On this site his latest single was at 50,000 plays last time I looked, those are not irrelevant numbers. Even Ross, the "hottest mc" did TWO songs with Nas, as Wayne did one, Nicki Minaj did one, Tyga, of all people did one, Common did one, Raekwon did one, the Amy Whinehouse song goes, Mobb Deep did one. I'm not trying to make you like dude's music, but irrelevant he's not. I'm starting to think some of you really don't know the definition of the word irrelevant.

  • Rex

    lmao this guy IS irrelevant, hasnt made a radio hit since 2006

  • ????

    jay z has evolved into a being far beyond that of humans. Just as two dimensional beings can never interact with three dimensional beings. No human or animal can detect his greatness. Unless he deliberately brought himself down to there level of awareness

  • Randem

    Not a Nas hater, but if you gotta explain why, then you ain't relevant.

  • insanemacbeth

    "Its just about music and the business and showing a lot of little guys out there that you can still say what you mean, feel free to do whatever you want to do and be happy. I just feel good to wake up and say, I want to make music and somebody wants to hear it. It feels good that I still want to make music. Thats it. I dont want any other accolades. I love that I love the music so much that I still want to continue make it. lovin' this quote.

  • the doc

    most overrated rapper of all time = Naz Fuck you if you doubt me

  • Troll Face

    #NasIsLike a bitch to me

  • illy

    nas the greatest of all time

  • hahaha

    Damn STFU...all you broke critics do is fucking try to analyze a person's life who is 100x more successful than you will EVER be. You got the NEVER to to try and dictate Nas' RELEVANCY. When you've been in the game for 2 decades and you have major corporations such as the NFL & ESPN asking you to provide the music for a prime time event like the 2010 NFL Draft you are VERY much RELEVANT!

  • Anonymous

    Why would somebody from the golden era even care if there relevant in todays Hip Pop world?

  • da1

    He's not that relevant.

  • Anonymous

    The real king of NYC!!!!! Hiphop lives

  • Jay

    Nas is relevant? Thats relative. I think what Nas is, is overdo for some relevant music. He's one of the GOATS but he don't always participate in the arena that would keep him truly relevant. But he doesn't have to ever rap again and he'd still be better than 95% of these artists now.

    • Anonymous

      And which NFL team does he own? You mean that BASKETBALL, Brooklyn Nets 1% ownership? Marc Anthony, J Lo and the Williams sisters own 1% of the Miami Dolphins with Gloria & Emilio Estefan and Fergie. Nelly had Charlotte Bobcat ownership before MJ bought up all the shares. You fans are naive, b.

    • Anonymous

      Nas performs. JayZ OWNS THE TEAM #shrug

    • Anonymous

      Preach take em to church!

    • roger

      He is playing in the arena of relevancy according to the NFL and ESPN considering he is providing the music for this major event called the 2012 NFL Draft that will be televised in a 3 day event from 4/26-4/28 on ESPN.

  • YESSIR

    HE STAYING RELEVANT BECAUSE OF YMCMB HE MIGHT AS WELL JOIN THE TEAM AND STOP RAPPING OVER THEM WACK SALAAM PICK HIS BEATS AND LET MACK MAIN DO IT. GET THEM TMINUS BOI 1NDA AND KANE BEATS

    • Anonymous

      they ain't tryna hear u though.

    • LOL @ The Haters

      I guess his features with Nay J Blige, Melanie Fiona, Carlos Santana, Estelle, Beastie Boys, CJ Hilton, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Nelly Furtado & many more in 2011-2012 don't count toward Nas' relevancy. Nas scoring music for major motion pictures and winning an Emmy have nothing to do with his relevancy as well. Oh and selling out 2 international tours for damn near two years from 2009-2011 of his DR album have nothing to do with his relevancy at all. Nas doing music with YMCMB is what his peers have been doing for years: Eminem, Kanye, Jay-z, Rick Ross but when Nas does it he is lacking relevancy. But all of the above proves Nas has accomplished much more in the past 2 years outside of collaborating with YMCMB. You haters are pathetic and out of touch with what Nas does to stay active, as well as, staying true to himself.

    • YESSIR

      MORE FROM THE FAKE, YOU CAN'T DICKRIDE HARDER THAN ME.

    • Anonymous

      better beats? probably better chance at another classic.

  • Its Um

    Well that and you being in a major label but still fuck with the up-n-comers that don't have that type of deal, lastly the classic albums you've made and beef you've won as well.

  • Must Have

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  • Shallah

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  • @Gerald

    LOL nigga I love you

  • Gerald

    YALL NO HOO I IZ? ME DON'T THINK YALL NO HOO I BE! I IZ DA MUTHAPHUCKIN GANKSTA LIVIN IN DA TRAP MAKIN DAT DOLLA SELLIN DOPE TA YALL HOZ! FOE DA NIGGAZ DAT DON'T NO ME FUCK YALL BICTHEZ! FOE DA NIGGAZ DAT LOVE ME TELL EM HOO THE FUCK I BE! I FUCKIN GERALD!

  • Nas Is Like

    Nas is fine but The Don is GARBAGE

  • Anonymous

    loL...there was a time when Nas doing a song with Puffy was selling out.

  • Be Easy

    Swag...that's one of the stupidest comments i've ever read on these message boards. Wayne is the GOAT? give me a fuckin break... you must be a high school sophomore or something. Do me a favor. put on your snapback hat, get on your fixie bike...and go buy Illmatic...learn something son.

  • R DUBBLE

    Nas has been in the game since 1992! That shit is so crazy to me...Damn near all of his LP's have gone plat, he's worked with just about everyone in the game, and people to this day still check for him...And best of all, he didn't have to sell his soul to get to were he is now. Life is Good for Nas....That's why people hate him so much and try to tear him down...They envy his position and success.

    • ETK

      yeah okay. it's not a flippin jigsaw puzzle of what's goin on there bro. I don't know shit about how much he HAS, that's what you mean. but I'm just goin by what I see. what articles have said about his dough, no more no less. he could still have an extravagant amount of money, I don't know or care less how much he got. second, about selling your soul, that doesn't mean he wasn't accused of selling out. what I meant by that is Nas went thru the same phase modern rappers are going thru today. some of them do sell their soul which is different, but all the hot shit today is bein accused of selling out and whatever drama queen bullshit niggas here can pull out of their asses. and finally.. that doesn't mean shit, I post comments in other places. I don't love Nas, I give my rep where it's due because he's pretty hard to ignore.. but he only makes my top 10

    • Fresh 2 def

      Steve Stoute says Nas is worth 30 million... Pays 50+k a month in child's support and 6mill to the IRS and guess what he still got more then you and he still a don' the greatest mc ever and he didn't go pop in 98 I'Am was not a Euro pop album so shut the fuck ... And u can hate me now was sick so again shut the fuck up! Nas is the illest Emcee to pick up a MIC!! Haters get mad! camel Warriors get mad! He's relevant cause he's a lyrical tyrant! Only Mc in the world to go up against Biggie, Pac, Jayz and 50 and he's still here motherfuckersssss !!!

    • R DUBBLE

      1. You don't know shit about Nas' finances, don't believe everything you read. 80% of the stuff this site posts is bullshit. Plus, success isn't defined by wealth. 2)Nas never sold his soul. Selling your soul means you're only in it for the cash. Like a Jay or 50...People who brag about money and make albums full of pop songs. Nas only ever had 1 or 2 pop songs on his earlier albums...That's not being sellout, the label makes you put those songs on there. 3. I see you on every Nas post talking shit...If you don't like him why do you keep posting a billion hate comments on every Nas article? It's like you're in love with the dude. Why do you care so much? I hate Wayne and I never go on his articles....You must secretly admire Nas or something.

    • ETK

      success.. the government's makin direct deposit on his fuckin money bro. position-wise, yeah I agree, he's one of the top up there, regarded as the GOAT by many. and as much fun as it is riding him, it's not true that he didn't try to sell his soul. stans can't choose to forget 1998 like it never happened, there was a time where Nas went the pop route... all big artists do, and that's what these anti-pop haters need to understand. eventually Nas came correct, and soon enough some of those modern rappers turned pop will too.

  • YESSIR

    RIDING THAT YMCMB WAVE HE WAYNE TYGA AND NICKI ALBUM

  • Anonymous

    How is a rapper with severe money problems, and no album out relevant? Sadly, Cormega is hustlin harder, and he's indie.

    • Anonymous

      The fucking king hands down!

    • Anonymous

      Corn chip Corey finically is doing better the Nas? Dude Nas a millionaire he's worth Like 30 mill who happens to owe money to the IRS.... Don't get it fucked up kids..

    • ETK

      yo, niggas in his position would be off the eye of the public workin a second job. but Nas has been movin around, dropping guest verses here & everywhere(even with fucks like Nicki) and as a result has STAYED relevant. indie & staying indie =/= relevant, even Andre 3stacks is more relevant than fuckin Cormega

    • Anonymous

      you're an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Nas The GOAT nuff said.

  • Swag

    Nas fucking sucks. Wayne will forever be the GOAT.

  • believe in yourself

    What Nas just said was some real shit. "I dont want any other accolades. I love that I love the music so much that I still want to continue make it. "I dont work hard on anything other than being me."-Nasir Olu Dara

  • Anonymous

    this dude is so overrated - his first wife cheated on him with jay-z like fuck ! - he plot against cormega while mega was about to sign to def jam cause he couldn't get the idea of someone rhyming as good as him - he signed to def jam while jay-z who he had a feud with was the ceo - he pointed out kobe, cuba and tye on "cocoon panic" for marrying white women. then he records the hit single "hero" with polow da don who claimed to prefer white women over black women - etc. yall mothafuckas can check everything i said on the internet. information is everywhere. this dude is a fuckin phony and a joke.

    • Anonymous

      My nigga I'm a jay fan 4 life but lost tapes and God's son are str8 classics......

    • Anonymous

      Cosign most of the responses to this dude.. although the dude that said nas has 5 classics... what was so new or diferrent about God's Son and The Lost Tapes that made them classic? I mean the Lost Tapes is incredible but not quite classic and God's Son really wasn't as good as people make it out to be, nor innovative enough..

    • Anonymous

      Good bulletpoints really, but you just started Nas versus Jay-Z #6459649800750 cosign that was RREEEAAACCCHHH with Polow da Don information. To me Nas' verse on "Triple Beam Dreams" is what keeps him relevant, not all that other stuff.

    • ETK

      wow a nigga can't change his mind no more? plenty of niggas will go through phases of liking & hating white women. lookin at the way they act, can you blame a nigga and if some broad likes some camel face material more, than that doesn't discredit Nas by any means IMO I'm neither a huge fan of Nas or Jay but most of em arguments are pretty petty. nor do they show why he's overrated in terms of his ACTUAL WORK, none of which you touched on.. either you should use another word than "overrated" or you just a hater

    • I GOT ONE FOR YOU....

      Nas has 4/5 Classics... *Lost Tapes Illmatic Stillmatic It Was Written God Son Name another rapper that many.. (kool G & Scarface dont count lol) NAS = GOAT

    • Pseudo

      Your arguments are irrelevant. Please come again !

    • really

      All this shit you stated is complete and utter bullshit. You gossiping types stay on the net looking for gossip...keep looking up gossip about Nas while he continues to show you bitch ass niggas how it is done... THE DON! Now here are a few things you need to look on the internet for about Nas: -Nas will provide the music for the ESPN NFL 2012 Draft. -Nas' Nike SB commercial for Paul Rodriquez. -Nas' 2010 Emmy Award winning ESPN Documentary 'Survival 1.' -Nas' co-produced 2009 Mike Tyson Documentary. -Nas chilling with 100k worht of diamonds on his hands, neck and wrist (The Don video shoot). -Nas' Rolls Royce. -Nas getting into his Range Rover. -Nas 12 million dollar contract for 3 albums deal (Life Is Good is his last album with DJ). -Nas' 8 platinum and 3 gold CERTIFIED albums. -Nas countless features over the years with artists from different genres. These are just a few of the things that makes Nas relevant. By the way: -Nas was only married once. -Cormega got dropped from Def jam and has been in Nasir's presence since then. -Jay-z was the CEO...not owner of Def Jam. Nas and Jay are grown, successful & mature men who realize that they are both blessed to be doing this gift called hip hop. -You are reaching with Polo but 'Hero' was a dope song. Nas is a LEGEND!!!!!!

    • Alf Capone

      cormega had his chance with def jam and recorded an album. it didnt work out. how is that nas fault? all the other stuff is true but it doesnt change the fact that nas is one of the best to ever do it. who cares if signed to someone he once had a feud with. who cares if jayz fucked his ex wife. what does any of this have to do with his rhyming ability

  • Anonymous

    GOAT HAS SPOKEN!

  • Anonymous

    BWAHAHHA GTFO THIS NOGGA IS NOT RELEVANT

  • Anonymous

    Nas needs to do a track with Immortal Technique. It would be some classic shit I think they would mesh together perfectly on a track.

    • Anonymous

      LMAO @ undisputed, you niggas just can't stop with it, there will never be an undisputed artist in something that is so subjective. yall must've started with nas a few years ago and got your mind washed with the revision the critics were doing. this nigga got TRASHED for every single album after illmatic and stillmatic has to be the most overrated piece of music of all time.

    • Anonymous

      IT is overrated, he just gets fans because of what his messages are. His flow is unimpressive, and his lyrics, while very good, aren't that top notch quality. That being said it would be kind of interesting to hear them on a track. Also "Nas the GOAT undisputed" really? undisputed? Even though Nastradamus, I Am..., Hip hop is Dead, and Street's Disciple were mediocre albums??? What about... Em, Pac, and Rakim? Hes definatly not undisputed... Although top 5 for sure...

    • Anonymous

      To everyone saying the immortal technique has no flow listen to rich man's world.

    • ETK

      Nas and IT are both lyrical phenoms... problem is IT can't follow a beat to save his fucking life. Nas comes correct on his flow. no dice

    • Mr Flamboyant

      No way. No how. Immortal Technique is the pits. Horrible flow. Horrible. I tried to listen to cat a while back a couple times and he was just painstakingly awful. Nas. the GOAT. Undisputed.

    • Anonymous

      Im with anonymous, it could be a classic since immortal technique lyrically is undeniably dope and his flow has gotten better especially with the martyr mixtape.

    • Alf Capone

      im with doesnt matter. immortal technique is wack. i gave the nigga a chance and just gave up

    • Doesn't matter

      No... Immortal Technique has a shit flow and is beyond boring. He lacks lyrical ability and doesn't know how to hide a message in a song. The majority of his songs sound like he's basically giving a speech about how the govt. *Insert conspiracy backed by little to no evidence* and adds a beat to it. That'd explain why he's almost never on beat.

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