Nas Celebates Kendrick Lamar, Drake & The State Of Hip Hop

Nas also praises J. Cole and Mac Miller.

During a recent interview, Nas was asked about the state of Hip Hop and the amount of White emcees in Rap. Nas spoke about rappers he respects and how he feels regarding the genre's evolution. 

"It's going where it's supposed to be going in 2014," Nas said regarding Hip Hop in an interview with Bossip. "It's going in a great direction." 

Part of that direction has been guided by a crop of rappers who have recently entered the game. During the interview, Nas also praised several emcees who have entered the industry in recent years when asked about which contemporary rappers he enjoys listening to. 

"Mac Miller is my man," Nas said at one point. "Drizzy [Drake], Kendrick [Lamar], J. Cole. It’s a couple good fellas out there that I’m feeling."

Many of the rappers Nas mentioned in this interview have also given him praise for his work. J. Cole, for instance, recently made a speech about Nas' lyrics and his influence. 

"As a rapper, there's very few greats that I study and I still continue to study and Nas is obviously one of them," J. Cole said in his Vibe Impact speech. "I really had his lyrics printed on my wall... I would print these joints out and I would hang them up on my wall and if you'd walk in my room [you'd be like], 'What is wrong with this kid?' I'd just be there standing and reading the lyrics. I really wanted to know what it was like to be that good. I was rapping at the time and it was my goal to be that good." 

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53 Comments

  • Anonymous

    yo fuck them haters man . i sit at my house all day and make some of the best shit to listen to , not riding my own balls, just got a hand on them , ha. I praise all these rappers cause they in the game for a reason. dont hate just cause they made something you cant thank of. give credit where the credit is do signed " that mother fucker PJ "

  • Anonymous

    I'll admit I used to hate on mac miller a lil through ignorance but I checked him out and he got some nice joints, dude got some skills he's worth a listen

  • Nas=Kendrick this generation

    J-Mediocole lol. Dude is mediocore at best to me but he is one of the best new dudes. Which ain't saying much. I think Cole has an identity crisis or something. Dude seems like he want's to sound like Kendrick one minute and sound like Drake the next minute.

  • Nas=Kendrick

    Mac Miller is nice too. Niggas be sleepy cause he is white but dude got flow. He ain't wack at all. Action Bronson- My white buddies who flood these comment boards on the reg. Yall think we hate on white rappers but we got nothing but love and respect for this kid Action Bronson. I guess because we can relate more to the shit he be spitting. If Action Bronson doesn't win sooner or later its something wrong. Cause dude is the truth.

  • Nas=Kendrick this generation

    We need a Nas and Kendrick Lamar collaboration sooner then later. Make that queer Drake could sing on the hook tho. Drake got bars tho, I just can't relate to that sucker for love shit.

  • w h o k n o w s

    Nas is the GOAT... yeah Jay-Z elevated the game business-wise but perfecting the craft of lyricism & dope hip hop album Nas is forever #1 and that's why he's your favorite rapper's favorite rapper... everybody rides Jay's dick but secretly they want the "new Nas"... from Lupe to Cole to Kendrick... rt

  • Mee Jones

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  • Anonymous

    Mac Miller? lol Nas is insane.

  • Anonymous

    "if the militants want it could come back to us.... yall pussy and living in fear hoping that the real die we will never die..." That "real" shit is a death sentence just ask Tupac or Pimp C, I dont live in fear I live in smarts and I would rather live and be rich than die for a cause that niggas dont support.

  • Anonymous

    I love you my Nigga you the only reason I check the comments, mucho respect my nigga.

  • Anonymous

    The state of HipHop music is the best ever. The best white rappers are dominating the singles charts with Maclemore and Em....and the mixed rappers like J Cole and Drake are outselling dark Black neggro rappers like Wale and Meek with Gold plaques. Last year we got two Gold albums from skirt wearing emcees like A$AP Rocky and Kanye West and Kid Cudi violent negro0o criminals who have music that promotes violence and self destruction are being pushed into the gutter and replaced by Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifah, and Kendrick Lamar. one day we will be able to completely eradicate the human swine rappers like Jeezy, Gotti, Ross, T.I. and other savagge beast rappers who promote the death and destruction of the Negroo0 race. Much respect to the Hippies, the Honkers, and the HomoSs who have wrested control of the culture over the racist Black militants, the savage street scholars and the conscious criminal convicts. Chalk this up as another win for the intelligent members of a civilized society over the ignorant barbarians of the slums. Peace and Love.

    • Anonymous

      Typo but the point is who are you(most like some fag) to say whats positive about hip hop and whats negative. Cause lets get it straight. This hip hop shit is supposed to be a version of Malcom X and Martin Luther King. Rappers was taking politics when this shit start. So I can understand why this Gay shit could piss someone off. At the sametime Macklemore is talking about Gay rights. I wouldn't expect you nerds to get that tho.

    • Anonymous

      Hay @ the Anoymous faggot. People who believe in God and Adam and Even instean of Adam and Steve could go on about how Macklemore is stating a terrible message about Gay people being together. Cause if we go by the bible, being Gay is probably one of the biggest sins there is. So lets stop the double standard bullshit. I personally don't think it was nothing conscious about Macklemore's Gay song but somehow people do.

    • ultimatemegadon

      if the militants want it could come back to us.... yall pussy and living in fear hoping that the real die we will never die...

  • Cwigg

    Anyone want to throw Big KRIT's name out there as a new jack with skills?! Dudes a great producer and a great rapper....a credit to the South and hip hop in general.

  • skitzo

    dont need kendrick or drake but i want that nas and premo tape

  • skitzo

    the state of hiphop is great mello music group just dropped two tapes of fire fuck the mainstream

  • Anonymous

    So you say you let Nas down?

  • IRVING ZISMAN

    its going in the right direction because now everyone is actually making an effort to be the illest on the mic. lyrics are starting to mean something again and if you wack then you WACK. only thing dat grinds my gears is that fag boy macklemore pushing the gay agenda. first you got him then how many more niggas in the game gon be on dat shit. smh

  • sam snead

    I hope the picture of kendrick n nas together means a collabo is in store for either or both of their upcoming albums. Kendrick looks to be even shorter than Nas?? Damn these dudes be midgets,no wonder they spent most of their time in the hood up in the crib writing.

    • Anonymous

      Nas is 5'8. Judging from this pic Kendrick looks to be 5'6, maybe even a shade shorter. The voice definitely suits the leprechaun-esque stature.

    • sam snead

      He gotta be shorter than that, Nas might not be that tall. I seen him in concert and was in front row and he had to top out at 5'6" after he been sleeping all day or something and he look as tall or taller than kendrick in that pic

    • IRVING ZISMAN

      word kendrick a midget dat boi nuttin but 5'6''

  • ETK

    I respect Nas for having an optimistic view on hip-hop. too many mo'fuckers out there cryin about the new school just cause a few shitty rappers make the radio airwaves. they love to stay stuck in the past. any rapper they're bigging, "their old shit was better". and these mo'fuckers are the same who won't buy no albums. unless it's really really really close to their taste. why the hell should MCs cater to them? Nas realizes that rappers gotta eat at the end of the day. unfortunately a large part of white people and/or kids are the ones driving album sales.. maybe y'all gotta take a second to connect the dots here

  • sam snead

    I agree that it is going in the right direction overall, is it as good as the era of 94-02, hell no or 88-94 no but to be fair its early yet in this so called new era and it is off to a better start than the dance/dope boy era of like 04-2011. It still is a little too pop sometimes for me, some artists are pushed too hard by corporations and co-signs now, some artists are over hyped but it seems to be getting better again if only marginally.

  • Not Impressed

    I think Nas has sort of settled. He has come to terms with the fact that rappers are garbage and they will never be on the level of artists from his era, so he just said fuck it, I'll support these new losers. I'm kind of getting to that same place with hiphop. When rappers like Kendrick and J Cole and Drake are raps elite, you know hiphop is in a poor state. I haven't purchased (or even downloaded for free) any new hiphop music in about 3 years. I'm starting to come to terms with the fact that hiphop is always going to be like this, and I've been trying to force myself to like this bullshit you teenagers listen to. I give up.... I'm not impressed

    • Anonymous

      @not impressed You're just closed minded.

    • Anonymous

      "Checkout Curren$y. The only rapper to come out after 2000 that I check for. The rest of these new dudes can't even spell creative." Currency got super boring to me after a while. check out Freddie Gibbs, he got an album with Madlib coming out next month

    • bl4kd37h

      Word rap is garbage now, nas is just settling for the least garbage

    • word...life

      Checkout Curren$y. The only rapper to come out after 2000 that I check for. The rest of these new dudes can't even spell creative.

    • Not Impressed

      I'm not that old. Actually, I'm the same age as the garbage modern rappers you weirdo children idolize. I grew up in the 90's/early 2000's, when hiphop was actually worth listening to. I still come here to keep in touch with the culture and the music that's currently out there, but I don't listen to this garbage outside of being on this site. I don't even understand how rappers my age turned out to be so wack when we had so much good shit to listen to growing up. I'm just not impressed, sorry

    • Anonymous

      "I haven't purchased (or even downloaded for free) any new hiphop music in about 3 years." why are you even on this website? i hate when old bums try to dismiss all new hip-hop without even knowing whats going on in music. you're out of touch. theres still good music but you gotta look a little harder.

    • Anonymous

      maybe you should go kill yourself old fuck

  • Fry

    Awesome headline guys. Editors...keep up the good work!

  • Big 18th Street Gang, E'z up to the homies worldwide!

    "It's going where it's supposed to be going in 2014," Nas said regarding Hip Hop in an interview with Bossip. "It's going in a great direction." Get the fuck outta here with that ass kissing bullshit. Nas, you already a legend in the game and don't need to be kissing ass to stay relevant. Hip-hop definitely ain't going in any kind of "great" direction. That's a fucking lie if I ever heard one. It's nothing but fruit snack rap. Most real heads know this. Scarface said it best, "The shit went from Eric B and Rakim to fuddy duddy and the tennis shoe clique"

    • Skool 4 Klownz

      ^Im a fan of the 90s too. But I just dont listen to the golden era I listen to all rap from old to new. But you gotta understand it was a different time period back then. B4 the internet and shit. Mainstream rap is just that MAINSTREAM, it has to appeal to as many people as possible. Real Hip Hop lives underground nowadays.

    • Big 18th Street Gang, E'z up to the homies worldwide!

      It's no use obviously. You are already brainwashed by commercialized hip-hop. Corporate America got you! And you right, I am a stubborn fan of 90's hip-hop because that was when hip-hop music/culture was REAL and WHEN RAPPERS ACTUALLY HAD SOMETHING TO SAY! Time is money so I only listen to top quality hip-hop music when I have the time.

    • Anonymous

      you said it yourself, nas is a legend and he doesn't need to kiss ass to stay relevant, he speaking how he feels. scarface makes records with wack niggas so he shouldnt be talkin

    • 15th & Lennox

      You sound like one of those bitter, stubborn 90s hip hop heads who's still stuck In the Golden Era. Face the facts, man, hip hop has evolved in more ways than one. That's what music is supposed to do. Like it or not, these cats are carrying the torch for this genre. Artists like Nas paved the way for these cats, so the best they can do is show homage to one another.

  • Anonymous

    All the greats fuck with Mac Miller

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Even Nas recognizes Drake's greatness. Hip-hop needs a Nas and Drake collabo.

  • Ravn

    Nas sounding like Game in this shit

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