Rap veteran Nas recently talked about Jay-Z‘s business moves within hip-hop and how his former rap nemesis’ run in the game was inevitable.
From Nas’ perspective, Jay proved having a strong voice in hip-hop helped him find success against social opposition.
“Could you imagine in the 80s when people tried to stop Hip-Hop music, could you imagine all the heat that came from Black leaders even, to try to stop us from voicing our opinions? And look at us now, see where we’ve come, see where people like Jay have come? I think there’s a lot of elders that aren’t feeling too good about themselves right now. You should never turn your back on youth, ’cause when you do, we wind up taking over anyway.” (All Hip Hop)
Nas also recently talked about Jay’s ability to habitually remind emcees of his domination in rap.
“[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)
Recently, Nas applauded Jay’s mega hit “Empire State of Mind.”
“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)
Jay also explained why he calls himself the “Best Rapper Alive” last year.
“But when I say I’m the best, I don’t say that outta my a**,” Jay said in an interview. “I say that with all my stats behind me. I put that against anybody. I mean anybody. I really believe that…I believe in a lot of things. I believe that ‘SportsCenter’ is the best thing on TV. I shouldn’t have to prove it. But I do have these stats to prove it. I’m talking about real run. I’m not talking about years off. I’m talking about straight–boom, boom, boom–back to back. We’re not talking about heritage acts either. We’re not talking about respect what I’ve done. I’m talking No. 1 [albums] 10 times. The Beatles is the only one [to have more No. 1 albums]. They got 19, and if I get a surge of creativity, I could make nine albums next year.” (XXL Magazine)
Check out a recent Nas interview below: