According to Power 105.1 radio host Angie Martinez, Nas appeared a little reluctant when a fan requested that she play his “Ether” record during a recent radio show. When asked about his reluctance towards hearing the song, Nas revealed that the song is “old” and “another chapter” in his life.
Released in 2001, “Ether” was a diss record aimed at Jay Z during his feud with Nas and also served as a response to Jay’s “Takeover,” which took aim at Nas and Mobb Deep. While speaking with Angie Martinez this week, Nas shared that his relationship with the Brooklyn, New York rapper is “too good” for him to revisit “Ether” or “Takeover.”
“It’s just old…I mean, I don’t feel anything from it,” Nas said. “I just—It’s old. It’s so old. It’s another chapter. It’s old. Classic for sure. History even. I haven’t heard that thing in [awhile]. I don’t listen to that. That or the other thing…He knows that. I told him ‘I can’t listen to this.’ I mean, it’s great. It’s great times, but that was then…But that’s my dog. So, that was a different time. That’s my dog. It’s too good right now. Everything is right…History is history. Can’t change history. It is what it is, but it’s love.”
Nas later spoke on his Time Is Illmatic film, which is scheduled to appear in select theaters today (October 2). He also commented on his appreciation for documentaries in general and expressed his excitement at the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
“It’s going to cable after the theaters,” he said. “People were excited last night. You never know what someone’s gonna think if they watching something about you. But it’s cool because I would like to see documentaries. I’m excited about the N.W.A movie. That’s a whole movie. That’s not a documentary…I love seeing behind the scenes on people and stuff.”
In regards to music from the Queensbridge emcee, Nas says fans can expect new music “real soon,” possibly by next week.
Following the end of his feud with Jay Z, Nas has gone on to voice his praise for the rapper. During an interview with Peter Rosenberg in 2012, Nas expressed his respect for Jay.
“Hip Hop has to thank God for Jay-Z,” Nas said. “The fact that that he’s doing what he’s doing is an awakening call for all of the Gods and Earths to wake up and understand that this generation is bigger than what we can even fathom. He is one of the only ones out of the whole community that we grew up in, from the Run DMC days, who’s taken this shit seriously, taken this shit very seriously musically and businesses wise. That’s powerful. So you’ve gotta respect him.”