Is Hip-Hop Still Dead to Nas? He Answers That Question 10 Years Later

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Nas performs at the Hennessy V.S presents "Nas: Time Is Illmatic" Los Angeles tour at the Orpheum Theatre on October 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Hennessy)

Is Hip-Hop Still Dead to Nas? He Answers That Question 10 Years Later

He proclaimed the culture to be deceased on the 2006 record.

Published September 22, 2016

It’s been almost 10 years since Nas proclaimed “Hip-Hop Is Dead” on wax. A lot has changed in the culture since then though.

In honor of time passing, Nas was asked whether he still believes hip-hop is in a casket during an appearance on HBO’s Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons. It seems like he’s had a change of mind thanks to Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J. Cole.

“Better,” the Queensbridge native replied when asked if hip-hop is in a better or worse place. “Because it gave birth to Kendrick and J. Cole. Drake and a few other great, great artists … They inspire me. Drake said something on his first album about me. In the liner notes. And J. Cole made an interesting song about me. And Kendrick has said some really positive words. He gave me a shout out when he won his Grammy. So, they inspire me.”

In 2010, Nas seemed willing to change his infamous stance on the genre he made his name in. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal he stated hip-hop “died several times, but I do believe in the heartbeat of it right now.”

Also during the interview Nas was asked about his legendary beef with Jay Z. Looking back on it, he says it was a “healthy rap rivalry” and expanded on how things can spiral out of hand when media attention is heavy. He was also asked what he would tell Biggie and Tupac if he were warped back to 1995.

Check out the full Nas interview segment with Bill Simmons below.

Written by Paul Meara

(Photo: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Hennessy)


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