The beef is one of the more popular clashes in rap history next to Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., but unlike the slain MCs, Nas and Jay were able to put their differences aside and become friends. They publicly squashed things at a Power 105.1 concert in 2005 and, according to the Queens MC, they left the fight in the past.
“At the end of the day, the mission was to glue the game back: no more deaths,” shared the 41-year-old father of two. “At this point, it's about moving on and making something out of it. Because Biggie and Pac never lived to see that. They didn't live to see themselves grow in this game. They did so much so young, which is great, but we'd love to have them here. All their fans and family miss them. They were the sacrifices, the martyrs for the entire hip-hop business.”
Nas went on to reveal that he no longer listens to “Ether,” the diss song he aimed at Jay Z, but plays Biggie’s “Kick in the Door,” which was aimed at him and select members of the Wu-Tang Clan. “My friend last night told me, ‘He [Biggie] was coming for you, Nas. He was serious.’ We go back to those times before we were established — when we were still one foot on the top and one foot on the street. Those were the times we talk about. Anything other than that, we're chilling out.”
Elsewhere in the interview, he talks about maturing, the Eric Garner case and artists being expected to do more when it comes to social issues. “It’s a whole new day,” he said. “The guys who talked against the system — now the people want that person, that voice, to help change the system.”
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