Roc Nation’s J. Cole has come forward to react to rap veteran Nas releasing his “Make Nas Proud” response to his “Let Nas Down” and admitted he knew the record was in the works.
According to Cole, he had the inside scoop on Nas’ plans to respond with a memorable song.
“I knew, but, it still didn’t matter. It’s still a major moment. It was still an amazing moment,” Cole said when asked if he knew about Nas making the track. “I was like, waiting, for days for that moment. Period. It’s just an amazing moment in my life. I knew he had did his verse or whatever — we talked about it about a week and some change ago. We’ve been working on this for the past two weeks. It was a huge moment just for hip-hop, period, but more importantly, for me. I’m going to be selfish with this one.” (97.9 The Box)
On the response track, Nasty Nas tells Cole how proud he is of the rapper’s growth.
“While you was writing down my rhymes, I was just tryna show you that if you say what’s in your mind, you could stand the test of time/Now I’m playing Born Sinner loud,” Nas raps on the track. “You made your n—a Nas proud. So you ain’t Nas let down, it’s just part of the game, becoming a rap king my n—-/You ain’t let Nas down.” “How that sound? Here’s the crown, pass it to you like nothin’/You ain’t let Nas down.” “Long live the idols, may they never be your rivals,” Nas tweeted on Saturday, quoting Cole’s hook on the original track, and adding, “I ain’t put out no shit in a minute!” before they dropped the song. Nas tweeted up a storm about the new release and Cole responded with gratitude. (RapFix)
Much like Cole, the rap veteran also took to his Twitter page to promote the new anthem.
Nas recently took to twitter to post a remix. But it was not just any remix; it was a musical response to the J. Cole track “Let Nas Down”–the very candid and aching single from Cole’s recent album, Born Sinner, about disappointing his idol. Along with the link to the track, Nas wrote #MadeNasProud. Follwed by another tweet that just said: “#MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud #MadeNasProud” (FUSE TV)
Recently, Cole said he ran into Nas, by fate, during an early morning airplane flight they shared and let him hear the record.
“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, you know what I mean, bangin’ my chair and then, 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.” (BET)
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