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Nas Says That in The State of Rap Today, No Rapper is “Keeping Him Up at Night” When It Comes To Music After The First Listen; Praises Pop Smoke

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Nas Says That in The State of Rap Today, No Rapper is “Keeping Him Up at Night” When It Comes To Music After The First Listen; Praises Pop Smoke

By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibe.com Staff Writer

Nas is regarded by many as one of the best rappers to ever touch a mic. He also won big in 2020 with the release of his 13th studio album, “King’s Disease.” This project was led by hits such as “Ultra Black” feat. Hit-Boy and “Spicy” feat. Fivio Foreign and A$AP Ferg. This project debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and is also nominated for Best Rap Album at this month’s GRAMMYs.

The Queens native also recently spoke with Financial Times and one of the topic was the state of hip-hop today and if he is feeling any of the music out. Nas likes what is out today but nothing truly impresses him a lot. He believes a lot of records put out today aren’t material that he would listen to after the first listen.

“I appreciate what’s out there, but there’s no one keeping me up at night,” Nas explains. “I hear a new rap record and think it’s great, but I don’t listen to it the next week.”

One artist that Nas is a fan of a lot is the late Pop Smoke, a fellow New Yorker. Nas cited how the “Welcome To The Party” rapper was a “young king” and loved the drill sound that he brought to the game.

“We were happy to see that young king come up,” said Nas. “He was a breath of fresh air. The drill movement in London, Chicago and New York is really exciting.”

Nas has since recently appeared on the soundtrack for “Judas and The Black Messiah” on the track “EPMD.” He also helped customize merchandise with Eddie Murphy for the new “Coming 2 America” film that is out now.

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