Nas Declares He’s “Honored” Over Jay Z Rap Battle

LEGENDS & ICONS OF HIP HOP - Article By Kevin Douglas

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Rap battling and beefs are apart of the culture where the cream rises to the top. It brings unparalleled entertainment when the hip hop artists drop creative lyrics to compete on songs.

We could go down a list of names that would be a who’s who of hip hop. From the days of KRS against MC Shan to LL Cool J to Cannibus to of course Tupac and Biggie Smalls.

One of the biggest ever took place when Marcy projects’ Jay Z went against Queensbridge’s own Nas. It became a very disrespectful feud that included baby mother insults to the point Jay Z’s mother spoke to her son about the lyrics.

Everything worked out fine as both men moved on from the beef to work together, but everyone will always remember the impact of “Takeover” and “Ether”. Nas reflected on their historic rivalry in a recent interview on Rick Rubin’s Broken Record podcast.

“I was honored to have that part of my life happen because that’s how I saw some of the greats do it coming up. I saw some of the greats do it,” the rap icon explained.

Nas would also speak on how he was influenced by the allure of rap battling. “Again, it’s about the art of MCing and when you’re trying to make the best stuff you can make and you bump heads with another MC, and then you guys have a war or whatever, that’s what this art form was since the beginning,” Nas added, listing off Double Trouble and Busy Bee as examples of the forefathers engaging in rap beefs. “That’s what I like about hip-hop compared to other genres is that, they go at it in hip-hop,” he continued. “Hip-hop will always be around because of how competitive it is”.

Watch the interview below.