Common most recently collaborated with Nas on the new single “Ghetto Dreams,” but his respect for the Queens, New York native runs deep. Speaking with MSNBC, the Chicago, Illinois rapper named Nas as his favorite rapper, explaining that his lyrics will stand the test of time.

“I would say Nas, that’s my favorite rapper. It’s tough, because [Jay-Z] is one of the greatest and many can argue,” he said, “but Nas is so poetic with it and I feel like his lyrics, you can write them down on paper and they will last for time. It would be like literature that we read.”

Common most recently released his memoir One Day It’ll All Make Sense and is currently recording his upcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, which will hit stores this fall.

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