Soon after J. Cole finished “Let Nas Down,” the emcee ran into his idol at the airport and let him hear the song. In a recent interview with BET, Cole explained how Nas reacted to the track, saying he was “honored” and “highly impressed.” 

“I played him the song, gave him my headphones. I was trying to hear what part of the song he was on because he was behind me,” he shared. “And then, like a minute into the song he was like, ‘Wooo,’ beatin’ my chair, bangin’ my chair. Just overall, he was wowed. The look on his face was like, honored that I would make that and then also highly impressed. That was a huge moment for me.”

Cole also shared how this moment let him know that he was on the right track with the album.

“Soon as I seen him, I knew this was fate,” he explained of his coincidental encounter with Nas at the airport. “This album had so many moments that connected to let me know I was doing the right thing. That was one of them. This was a moment.” 

More from the interview can be viewed below. 

J. Cole’s album, Born Sinner, which features “Let Nas Down” is in stores today. 

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