News: M.I.A. On Hip-Hop Veterans, "Jay-Z's Ambition Was To Be Frank Sinatra & Nas Was Sticking To Knowledge"
Monday, May 24, 2010 2:15PM
Rapper M.I.A. recently shared her thoughts on the difference between Jay-Z and Nas and explained how both rap stars took different routes to success.
Known for inspiring the Kanye West-produced "Swagger Like Us," M.I.A. gave her opinion on what separates both rap veterans.
"Jay became the biggest representation of rap music who's still alive, started dating Beyoncé--everything was so much bigger and better with Jay-Z. I hope people don't think that that wins. The fact that Nas didn't become all this sort of stuff changes people's perception about the music and the work he achieved in his lifetime. I don't wanna say Jay-Z sold out, but I just feel like we have to wait another 10 years to see what happens. Jay-Z's ambition was to become like Frank Sinatra, a household name all over the planet, and own a casino in Vegas and stuff like that. And I think Nas was really sticking to knowledge. I still think the biggest point about hip-hop is in there somewhere, what happens to those two artists." (Complex)
Nas recently talked about Jay's ambition to stay on top of the rap game.
.[Jay-Z] is the one that smacks everybody in the face that's out there and wanted to say what he wasn't and what he couldn't do. The challenge is that people always count you out and even when you have a hit record and put out a hit album, you're gonna have people dissing you. I think he's showing you: I won't be stopped ever. And that's motivation for everyone else." (VIBE)
Nas also recently said he was impressed by Jay's "Empire State of Mind" hit record.
"It's just keeping that whole thing alive -- this New York thing," Nas said in an interview. "There are a lot of people complaining about New York hip-hop, about it not being what it was, and he stood up and now we have another anthem to be proud of...I think [Jay-Z] pretty much handled it. Of course, I'm always gonna talk about New York -- it's the greatest city in the world. But I'm not in the studio making a New York record now to one up anybody, no." (Wall Street Journal)
Nas' new album, Distant Relatives, is expected to debut on the charts later this week.
Universal Republic's Nas and Damian Marley collaboration, Distant Relatives, could do as much as 45-50k. The new album from Blacksmith/Rawkus/WB conscious rap duo Talib Kweli +Hi-Tek, Revolutions Per Minute, should bow with 22-25k. Finally, highly touted Bad Boy diva Janelle Monae's The Arch Android is on track for between 15-18k. (Hits Daily Double)
Check out a recent Nas interview below: