Nas Says He’s Open To Collaborating W/ Jay-Z On Track, Adds Nipsey Hussle Was Working On A Nas Docu Before He Died
Iconic rapper Nas sat down for a recent interview to discuss his latest album “King’s Disease,” how Nipsey Hussle wanted a Nas documentary to happen before he died, and possibly collaborating with Jay-Z on a new song.
Nas said in the interview that before the pandemic hit, he was working on new music:
“I wanted to put together a bunch of music that represents Nasir in 2020. Me and [rapper and producer] Hit-Boy started working on it before COVID hit but then the quarantine stopped us and I decided I didn’t wanna release it anymore. But then I got the call from him and he woke me up, telling me that we gotta finish it. So it’s just a piece of work around what I was thinking this year.”
Nas name-dropped rapper Doja Cat on his recent single “Ultra Black.” He rapped:
“We goin’ ultra black, unapologetically black
The opposite of Doja Cat, Michael Blackson black”
The lyric on the track received a lot of controversial views. Nas now says about the line in the song:
“Well, I’ve been away, so, of course, I mention someone’s name that’s popular and people are gonna talk about it. I hear people do it all the time but no one makes a big deal of it. Maybe it’s because I don’t put out records a lot, so they’re like, ‘Whoa!’”
Adding that he’s rapping the same way he did back when he first started.
“I don’t really know the world that these stars live in anymore. I’m rapping the same way I did when I was on the block, but now there’s a new world and what I say can take off with social media and I can’t do anything about it.”
Nas went on to say that late west coast rapper Nipsey Hussle wanted to put together a documentary on Nas’ 1999 album “I Am.” He gave Nipsey full autonomy to carry out the project.
“It was more to do with business and investment business. One thing he wanted to talk to me about was putting together a documentary on ‘I Am’ [the 1999 album that was originally intended as a live album]. Once it got bootlegged, I didn’t even want to hear it again. I didn’t want to hear those songs again. I was just upset, you know? Nipsey was really serious about doing a documentary about it and he was working on it. Not as far as like gathering footage, but I gave him my blessing to do it.”
Nas also teased a possible collaboration with Jay-Z afterthe two feuded in the 90s and into the early 2000s. He said that rapper Dave East had a beat that featured a Jay-Z verse and was waiting for Nas to add a verse.
“He told me about it. I was just waiting on a phone call.”
Adding that he was totally okay with collaborating with Jay Z on a track.
“Yeah. I haven’t heard the song yet, but all East has to do is tell me when it’s a go, and if it’s a go I’m there.”
But one collab that went left was one with Nas, Biggie, and Busta Rhymes.
“Yeah, there was a song that had him and Busta Rhymes on it. It’s out somewhere, I just don’t know the name of it. I was supposed to be on that one, but we kept missing each other at the studio. We talked about other songs too.”
Adding that he regrets not making it to the session to record the song.
“Hell yeah. I wish I had one with him. I always thought we would have had one. I can’t believe it. Gone too soon, man.”
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