Many media outlets have thrown their hat into the “who is the greatest emcee?” ring, but now CNN can be added to the list.
In a recent piece, CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin writes that Nas is the “greatest lyricist of all time,” and in fact interview God’s Son about that particular distinction.
“It’s wayyyyyy, way, way too early in our lives,” explained Nas. “It’s great to put a list together, but don’t take it too seriously because your list won’t matter 10 years from now or 15 years from now. It’ll be a different list.”
In the op-ed, McLaughlin weighing Nas’ subject matter (“I’ve been called everything. Gangsta rap. I’ve been called conscious rap. You know, everything. Whoever feels like calling it whatever they want to call it, that’s on them.”), as well as Nas’ commercial success (Nas has nine number one albums, behind only Jay-Z, and seven of which have gone platinum).
“Don’t blame me; blame our wonderful country, America,” explains the Queensbridge emcee. “And you can’t even blame America. It’s life. Blame life. I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style — and that’s what I do,” he said. “I know one thing: People put too many labels on music.”
Read the piece on Nas here.