Nas Says He’s More Inspired By Younger Rappers Than Rappers His Own Age
It looks like Nas is digging the younger generation of rappers.
During a recent interview, Nas was asked which rap star inspires him. The New York rapper had quite an interesting answer, admitting that rappers his age don’t inspire him when it comes to cranking out new music.
“I’m really trying to figure out what my next move is, and I feel like a lot of hip-hop artists my age are not putting out a lot of material, so I can’t look to them as reference. They kind of slowed down — for whatever reasons, I understand it’s a tough thing — but I got bit by the bug, man.”
“I collaborated with this cat Hit-Boy who’s like the best, and he’s produced all of those albums — King’s Disease 1, 2, 3. We’re kind of inspiring ourselves at this point. It’s really interesting.”
When asked what Hit-Boy has that inspires him, the rapper said,
“Youth. He’s younger than me. I’m hooking up my jumper cables to him—and this is reciprocal because he’s getting some kind of wisdom from me. We’re just a perfect match.”
In the last two-and-a-half years, Nas and Hit-Boy executive produced three King’s Disease installations.
King’s Disease is the thirteenth studio album by Nas. It was released on August 21, 2020, and features guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, Hit-Boy, Big Sean, Don Toliver, Lil Durk, Anderson .Paak, and Fivio Foreign. In 2021, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, becoming Nas’ first Grammy.
King’s Disease III arrived in November and debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
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