Chatting with HipHopDX backstage at the Lovers & Friends festival in Las Vegas this past weekend, the Drink Champs co-host said his goal was to humanize the Hip Hop idols that come on to his show, and interviewing the Queensbridge rap legend in particular was an unreal experience.
“That’s my brother and I never really wanted to interview him at all because he’s my brother, but the fact that he did sit down…it’s very weird to ask people questions that you don’t wanna ask them. I’m not the police, and they know I’m not the police, but at the end of the day, I wanna have fun and I wanna make them surreal,” he said.
He continued: “At the end of the day, all Hip Hop stars is superheroes, but the thing is what makes Drink ChampsDrink Champs is I don’t make ’em superheroes; I make them Clark Kents.”
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Nas sat down to speak with Drink Champs in 2019 shortly after the release of The Lost Tapes 2. During the lengthy conversation, N.O.R.E. took a moment to celebrate the monumental achievement of having the Illmatic MC on the show.
“I arrived here being with my people and I never had dreams of doing business with Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs or things like that. My thing was I wanna do business with Puff Daddy, I wanna do business with Nas, I wanna do business with Hov. Because that’s who I look up to and that’s who I can see myself becoming,” N.O.R.E. said as applause broke out.
Needless to say, Drink Champs has exploded in popularity in the eight years since it began. In January, the duo of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN announced that their podcast had signed a massive distribution deal with Warner Music Group.
“I’m feeling good about partnering with Interval Presents and joining the all-star team they’ve got,” N.O.R.E. said in a statement obtained by HipHopDX. “We’re ready to take things to the next level for us and the culture at large! Let’s go!!”
The 32-date international trek kicks off on May 9 in Auckland, New Zealand and concludes on October 22 in Highland, California. Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.
The first leg of the tour was filled with many surprise guest appearances, most notably when LL COOL J, Jadakiss and Mary J. Blige popped out at Nas and Wu-Tang’s show in Los Angeles.
Revisit Nas’ Drink Champs interview below: