Nas on modern rappers: “There’s no one keeping me up at night”

A blunt assessment of the new generation

Nas has weighed in with his opinion of the contemporary rap scene, admitting that none of the newer generation are “keeping [him] up at night”.

The rap icon, who made his debut with 1994’s seminal ‘Illmatic’, revealed his opinions of the current crop in a new interview with The Financial Times.

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

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However, he went on to reveal that he had been impressed by the late Pop Smoke – who was tragically shot dead during a home invasion in Los Angeles last year.

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

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Nas in the ’27 Summers’ video. CREDIT: YouTube/Nas

Nas’ comments come after he returned last month with ‘E.P.M.D’, his new collaboration with Hit-Boy.

E.P.M.D. we back in business/ I visualise what it is not what it isn’t/ We at the mafia table next to the kitchen/ Eating Michelin Star, countin’ a million!” Nas raps on the new track.

In a four-star review of Nas’ latest studio effort, 2020’s ‘Kings Disease‘, NME wrote: “The album is stuffed with this kind of lyrical proficiency, which demands high levels of dissection.

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“‘King’s Disease’ is an acutely perceptive and culturally relevant body of work that finds its author willing to try out new ideas. There’s a genuine conversation to be had about whether it’s the best rap album of the year so far.”

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