Nas Co-Signs Azealia Banks & Meek Mill

Nas bigs up Azealia Banks and Meek Mill for their abilities.

As Nas gears up for the release of his new album Life is Good, he shared that he has his eye on a few up-and-coming rappers. During an interview with Rap-Up.com, Esco showed love to Azealia Banks and Meek Mill, bigging up the "212" rapstress and commending her for having the overall package.

"I fuck with that '212,'" he said. "She has incredible star power, you can see it already. I think we need that. To come across the total package in this game, you need more than just a hot 16 and not everybody is blessed with the total package. She has it.”

He also gave props to Maybach Music Group's Meek Mill, branding him as the "next one to take this shit over." The veteran rapper said that he's one of the few people who are repping for the streets and that he fully supports his movement.

"I got my eyes on him. He’s the next one to take this shit over. I’m rooting for him. There are no more street orators in the game, who are fresh off the block and can tell us currently what’s going on. So you gotta appreciate him. We have to support Meek Mill’s movement because he’s talking about real life and if we don’t support that, then what are we doin’?”

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114 Comments

  • charles

    i love nas, but this is the kinda thing that makes me lose respect for him

  • HOUSTATLANTA

    I think Meek Mill's is gone chage the whole hiphop game......

  • Anonymous

    HEEELL Y EEEZZZ NIKKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST BOUGHT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CRE-DIT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • B123

    "There are no more street orators in the game, who are fresh off the block and can tell us currently whats going on." Uh...I guess Nas has never heard of Freddie Gibbs?

  • Anonymous

    NAS album LIFE IS GOOD the most anticipated album of all time.

    • The MG

      ^ Please tell me what is so horrible about the album since you heard it already, oh psychic one.

    • Anonymous

      you're fucking retarded. don't confuse comments on this site with reality. nobody outside the internet has ever heard of that horrible piece of shit.

  • BLACK

    I MEAN, MEEK MILL CAN TALK ABOUT THE REAL SHIT IN THE STREETS, BUT HE ALSO HAS TO DO IT IN A NICE WAY...HIS FLOW IS ALWAYS THE SAME AND HIS VOICE IS ANNOYING...I THINK AT LEAST 50% OF HIP HOP FANS HAVE ALREADY CAUGHT ON TO THAT AND HE'S JUST GETTING ANNOYING

  • So Icy Boi!

    lmao. Nas cant even pay his bills. now he co-signs new artists to stay relevant? lmao............. Nas is da biggest YMCMB and MMG dickrider ever. ppl say he da GOAT? nah, Lil Wayne doesnt need other people to sell revords. thats why Weezy is da GOAT. swag

  • rick spanisssssh

    does anybody notice after the divorce and tax troubles nas has been looking like a desperate lame trying to get money any way he can? now thats just a hustler but nas was always the one talking about trash mcs and selling out but dude is cosigning lames and doing songs with wack as fuck rappers!!!!! i always hated nas cause he always talks about what other rappers arent doing but never follows his own advice...look at 50 he is actually helping africa!!!!! all nas does is rap about how no one helps africa...smh... nas might as well suck a dick for a dollar

    • Anonymous

      nas and his fans are the biggest, most embarrassing hypocrites of all time. always calling other rappers sellouts, not wanting to admit that heir idol is the personified definition of selling-out because he goes against everything that he claims to stand for on a regular basis just to make money.

  • Life is Good Tracklist

    According to Wikipedia 1. Life Is Good (Intro) 2. The Train 3. Black James Bond 4. Accidental Murderer (Feat. Rick Ross) 5. How It All Got Started 6. Daughters 7. The Don 8. Nastalgia 9. This Kind Of Love 10. Summer On Smash (Feat. Miguel) 11. Street Shit 12. My Vantage 13. Knighthood 14. Nasty 15. Blazing Scriptures (Feat. AZ) 16. Q.B. Confidential

  • Anonymous

    what is that gay ass picture of Nas they're using? nas is a cornball

  • blaze

    Shouldn't Nas be co-signing stevie stone, Yelawolf and Diabolic instead of Meek Mill, Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj.

    • Anonymous

      why should he co sign them. Can the man like the artist he wants to like? Because bringing up Yelawolf like really. If you would have said Big Krit or TDE then ok but Yelawolf.

    • Anonymous

      firstly, yelawolf is signed to shady- the best label in the world, and secondly, yelawolf already sucks.... your girlfriends tits

    • Jay

      Yelawolf sucks. And don't forget Kendrick Lamar & the whole TDE.

  • Anonymous

    Azealia Banks is actually better than most of these rappers out. what kills her sound is the pop beats, otherwise she's like Eve from RR.

    • Fool

      House beats tard. Diferrence. How you on a music site talking bout music when you cant even tell the difference between beats?

  • Anonymous

    HAHA I bet half of the people reading this didn't really understand his last lines..he was kinda throwin shots. He's saying theres none in the game right now thats actually in the streets right now doing what they're rapping about so you just gotta take him for what it is haha. SLy FoX

    • Anonymous

      fucking idiot. sly fox is the worst diss attempt of all times. acting like fox is the only channel with an agenda and shit.

    • Anonymous

      I saw it, but I'm smh @ how they're still crying calling him a sellout because he didn't name somebody THEY want him to name.

  • Anonymous

    Nas sold out years ago. the nigga wears silk v-necks now, those are designer womans clothing lol. He doesn't give a fuck about the culture anymore, neither does Jay.

    • Anonymous

      nas stans calling others childish when ether is the most childish diss track ever.

    • Bill Bucks

      This comment right here is EXACTLY what I hate about the myopic views of the average hip-hop "fan". NAS is a sellout because of a v-neck? But let me guess, you love Wayne with his skinny jeans, scarves, pink tees and skateboard (he can't even ride). Styles change man. Now there's an acceptable hiphop wardrobe? Go somewhere. He's adult homie. What is he supposed to be wearing? Oh, you still want hm to sneak a uzi on the island in his army jacket lining.

    • Hip Hop Fan

      So wearing certain clothes makes you a sell out now? When you get/make more money are you still going to wear clothes from the local hip hop shop? I don't think so...idiot

    • Anonymous

      You sir, are a childish moron

  • Anonymous

    That makes no sense. Just because Nas likes Nicki doesn't mean his fans have to like her too. That's called being a blind sheep ^ T_R_U_T_H People on here are actually upset that he didn't name some rapper that you personally like. Why does his preference have to validate your MP3 listing? Something is really wrong with you guys.

  • Anonymous

    Nas was on a track with Nicki Minaj and he says she's one of the best rappers out ... you niggas worship Nas like he's a messiah but hate Nicki Minaj, what does that say about yall ?

    • The MG

      @ Anonymous responding to me: Okay, I understand what you were saying now. I can agree with that. I used to go around doing that but anymore.

    • Nuff said....

      Simple niggas, ima tell u 1 magic word, "POLITICS" I really shouldnt have to explain more... nuff said...

    • dead prez

      exactly, there is no such thing as real hip hop. Hip Hop is a broad genre with different sounds, its not a boxed in genre.

    • Anonymous

      @ The MG I'm not saying you have to like Nicki. BUT what I am saying is that you can't keep telling her fans that they don't know real hip hop when the LEADERS of real hip hop are co-signing artists like Nicki Minaj.

    • godson

      he's also fucking her.

    • The MG

      That makes no sense. Just because Nas likes Nicki doesn't mean his fans have to like her too. That's called being a blind sheep. Nas is one of my favorite MCs but Nicki is annoying as hell.

    • Anonymous

      thank yoU!!

  • Anonymous

    LMAO ... you "hip hop heads" are so stupid, it hurts to read this bullshit sometimes. you big up artists like Nas for not sounding like these new niggas and then he turns around co-signs these same niggas. after that you guys turn on Nas smh.

    • Steppa

      Just coz Nas co-signs Nicki doesn't mean that the whole world should follow suit. That's his preference. If you happened to like Nicki too then that's good for you. Why should his opinion dictate your what you listen to? Thats being sheep. People enjoy different things. Just because he is hailed as one thing doesn't mean he cannot appreciate other things. No one is that one-dimensional. I'm sure that most of these "hiphop purists" do bump new school stuff but most are just shy to admit it. Stop being closed minded. Diversify

  • Anonymous

    meek milli mmg hes killin it.

  • NewYorkProdigy

    NaS is on my top 5 list this guy is a genius at what he does and been a fan since day 1! it's sad how younger kids don't even know about nas. all they know is wayne, drake, ross etc... but nas is a poet and and lyricist and one of the greatest to ever touch the mic!!! here let me show you what real music is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKjj4hk0pV4

  • nonono

    He might be a legend, but nas isnt qualified to be part of the co-sign boardroom

  • rishi chatterjee

    i wanna suck dick

  • Neighborhood Playa

    Ahhh fuck I didnt mean to put my email address...

  • rishichttrj@yahoo.com

    Alright Nas, give up the act... you're not any more relevant now by pretending to big-up artists you (and everybody else) don't like...

    • Anonymous

      ur name is rishi chatterjee. u live in oakton virginia and ur brain is as small as ur fuckin balls

  • Anonymous

    ughhhhh i dnt get the last part

  • Desxty

    Nas is just killin himself now,,, its sad how this man got so much respect from me and now hes just acting a fool... i know you broke but come on man,,,

  • Mushroom Tip

    nas be saying some dumbass Sh\t lately... hes finna sellout,,, yall finna see this niggga collaborating with the likes of justin bieber and he seem intrested in joing Birdman label n shit

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous: yeah nas been dropped from a label before ^ and yet you threw it out there and failed to name that label

  • Fish

    He may as well have co-signed Tupac or Eminem - Meek is already on his way, he doesnt need anymore exposure. Nas should be using this sort of platform to bring lesser known but equally fantastic rappers, like Savion Saddam and Ya Boy, to people's attention

    • Anonymous

      I agree with Schwarz down there asking why should he name these rappers, because you like them? Who are those people you named and why would you even think Nas knows who they are?

  • Anonymous

    NAS IS THE GREATEST

  • Ron Paul

    MEEK is trash ! i don't know why nas cosigning him and jumping on wack artist's tracks even if he does murder almost every joint he gets on.

  • Shocked

    yall are morons. theres more rappers than krit and kendrick doing stuff now. who cares that he doesnt co-sign them? if you dont like azealia or meek mill, dont listen to them. you do realize krit and kendrick fuck with like 2 chainz and drake anyways, right?

  • Anonymous

    Meek is bad flow good lyrics repetitive subject matter (below average rapper overall) don't know about the other person. Big KRIT and Kendrick Lamar are the best up and coming artists by far...

  • FURYAN

    TOLD YOU THAT MEEK IS GONNA BE BIGGER THAN 50 THAT MIXTAPE WAS GRRREAT !!

  • Anonymous

    how about KRIT?

  • amirhossssein

    there is two things one what u wanna say and what u gotta say ! Nas is saying what he must say! but believe me he himself dosent believe in these bullshits that Meek mill is the only rapper off the block !

  • amirhossssein

    oh shit it was reply to that other reply on my comment so ..... HHDX needs some editing options for comments!

  • amirhossssein

    people are not lookin up to me people are not wating for my opinion people are not relying on me to be something that can save hip hop and stop ymcm's clown show im not anybody's favorite artist so my opinion wont change any one's mind im not a hip hop idol/legend i did not claim hip hop is dead in 04 while there still was some dope artists on the radio and sellout ones were not this horrible so yeah i can say every trhing that i want to but Nas cant!

  • Anonymous

    yall some bitch ass mothafuckaz azealia banks is beautiful and the most important thing is she is doin her. yall might not like her music and I respect that. everybody got his own taste in music and art in general so it is a waste of time to argue bout someone's artistry cause everyone got his opinion on the matter. but still when i read some comments up in here i feel more hate towards this girl than a constructive opinion. "her music is wack ... or she is a hoe" are just some dumb statements made by faggots who never reach somethin in their lives except criticism and anger behind a screen and computer board to all yall faggots : bury yourselves

  • Anonymous

    Worst sellout of all times.

  • YESSIR

    NAS IS COSIGNING THAT BITCH?

  • 490717

    Nas been on the sellout tour lately. I swear over the past month he has said more dumb shit than in all 20 years prior. First he down with Tyga, than Nicki. Followed by Gwyneth Paltrow being a "real nigga" and now Meek Mill is the next to take over rap. Yet he don't mention Kendrick, Ab Soul or nobody tryin to make real music.

    • Anonymous

      There's No Such Thing As "Real" Music...You Can't Knock Nas For Who Cosigns, He's A Legend He Do What He Wants

    • Anonymous

      ^^ LOL. Good point. Kendrick and them cats are overrated. Being able to rap good is only a part of it. Can you make a good song that will appeal to the masses?

    • Anonymous

      & Y DOES HE HAVE TO MENTION KENDRICK OR AB-SOUL, BECAUSE U LIKE THEM? RIIIIGHT

  • Anonymous

    cant wait for that life is good

  • Maybach

    damn Nas stop supporting fakes like Azelia start supporting trues like Immortal Technique and Neme$1$

  • m

    Nas trippin azaelia is wick wick wack

  • K.O.L

    YALL NIGGAS TRIPIN AZEALIA CAN SPIT CHECK JUMANJI OR RUNNING CHICK CAN OUTRAP NIKI ANYDAY! AND I LIKE MEEK WHEN HE DOES DEEP & HOOD SONGS JUST LITSEN 2 'TONY STORY' NIGGA IS A GOOD STORYTELLER! YALL NEED 2 STOP HATIN SO MUCH AND GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE! FOR REAL

  • dentaldamboy

    Nas is about to get dropped from another label.

  • Anonymous

    HEEELL Y EEEZZZ NIKKKAS FINALLY IT HAPPENED - JUST BOUGHT A NEW RIDE - A CAM A RO CONVERTIBLE.GOT APPROVED FOR 26 LARGE. BEEN 5 YRS SINCE IVE GOTTEN SHYT APPROVED, BUT NOW ALL MY CRE-DIT SHEET GONE. ALL OF IT. IF YOU STRUGGLING WITH THAT CRE-DIT HISTORY ISHH, GET RID OF ALL DAT TODAY - CALL THESE PEEPS AT 8^8^8-9-2-7 -3-3-5-6. . THEY DO AMAZING WORK AND THEY ARE CHEAP AS FUQQ. GOT RID OF ALL MY SHYYT IN NO TIME. MY HOMEBOY WAS IN THE GUTTA TOO, AND HE CLEANER THAN ME NOW-gettin a condo!! Hit em up - THEY WILL HELP U!!

  • amirhossssein

    and wtf is up with that pic man he looks stupid ! aaaaaaaaaaaah why i have to see Nas going through this ?? god i hate the world!

  • Anonymous

    smh...bet he wuldnt do that bullshit if he didnt have an album comin out. thats sum sellout shit. i was gunna buy his album but im not now after he just supported mediocry.

  • amirhossssein

    Nas is rich he's got money and he has respect of 99% of hip hop fans so he is good in these 2 fields but he's lost the spot light he is doing all these sellouts stuff to get to the spot light again! and believe me he's gonna lose lots of respect starting with mine ! i do NOT respect him like i used to ! he's done for me ! track and video and kissing nicki ! having nicki as one of your album features being on Tyga's album ! being on ross's mixtape all this and now cosigning these 2 like this! i like meek mill he is the only one im chekin out on MMG but we got LOTS of better and more "street" artist than him ! like joell ortiz (im not a SH dickrider though) or tens of people doper and more street than meek ! Nas is dying for me ! all this is just MY opinion ! so no argues!

    • Anonymous

      not only that, but most emcees regard nas as dope. that doesn't mean all of hip hop has to sound like nas. if you being you but you happen to like watches and thats what you rap about. you can't hate on that. now if you're rapping about watches cause other niggas like that, then that's wack

    • Anonymous

      So no one should assault you for your opinion but Nas can't have his? Hypocrite much?

  • land lord

    Philly stand up!

  • So Icy Boi!

    lmao at this old ugly ass rapper. trying to get down with MMG. bitch, u too old and that mole on yo face too ugly for u to be in the rap game. Meek is a monster tho. his new mixtape. ooooooo. album of da year. nas is so wack. dem old skool chumps aint got nothing on these pretty boi hot star rappers. forget nas. he makes me throw up when i see his face. YMCMB MMG YOLO BRICK ICY swerve

    • So Icy Boi!

      he old, but i just might suck his dick. I mean he did kiss nicki

    • HAHAHAHAHAHA

      Young Money aint gonna be around much longer...say what you want...Nas is more legendary than anyone in Young Money...they will never reach his level. never. GOOD Music bout to get rid of Young Money...and MeeK Mill wont last because there is nothing special about him....sorry.... :)

  • Anonymous

    anyone else see what nas is doing a few years ago he said hip hop was dead and got so much hate now in 2012 hip hop is even worse and nas is broke owes millions and is saying hip hop is great and doing songs with anyone who will pay him its sad because he used to be my fav rapper growing up

    • Anonymous

      Amen. Nas is on some "will rap for food" right now which is sad because he's turned down so many opportunities over the years.

    • Anonymous

      He didn't even say anything about no quality albums dropping, everything was in direct relation to nas. And you don't see Nas collaborating with the Roots or K. Lamar or Ab Soul do you? Just on some bullshit tracks like he desperate for money.

    • ShadowPrecinct

      Krit's Mixtapes and album, Section 80, Stoned Immaculate, Undun, Charity Starts at Home, and lots more quality hip hop...I don't know where you've been but quality has been dropping.

  • Anonymous

    Politically correct Nas in the building..Meek is overrated and Azealia is just an Instagram hoe who happens to rhyme somewhat.

    • Anonymous

      cosign, I fucks w/ Meek but Azealia Banks is HELLA wack.....heard most of what this bitch has came out w/ and in one word I'll say "UNIMPRESSED"....bitch is corny, ugly, talentless and she stupid for goin at the OG's in the game and fuckin her rep up

    • Anonymous

      co-sign for Meek, he is nothin but an average artist as far as azealia banks, she is dope. you must be really uncomfortable with yourself to call her a instagram hoe

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