On Thursday March 4, during an interview with the Times the 47 years old Illmatic the rapper expressed his opinion on contemporary rap artists today and his lack of fascination. “I appreciate what’s out there, but no one is stopping me from sleeping at night,” Nas said. “I hear a new rap album and I think it’s great, but I’m not listening to it next week.”
While Nas isn’t a fan of every facet of hip-hop sound today, he took the time to congratulate fellow New York rapper Pop Smoke on his accomplishments before his untimely death last year. “We were happy to see this young king come up. It was a breath of fresh air. The drilling movement in London, Chicago and New York is really exciting.”
While artist “Car # 85” has been very straightforward about his feelings about music today, he embraced young rappers while working with them for his Grammy-nominated album, King’s disease. Rappers like Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign, Big Sean and others have appeared on the LP in August.
Nas is one of many MCs from the 1990s who have similar feelings about the new class of rappers. Many older rappers have voiced how music has changed due to streaming and social media.
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