Nas played to a pair of sold out crowds and treated fans to a holiday surprise to those in attendance at New York’s Nokia Theater last night (Dec. 23).
In support of Nas’ Hip-Hop Is Dead, Foxy Brown and longtime friend Cormega joined the the rapper on stage for a spirited performance of “Affirmative Action,” one of the standout songs on The Firm’s 1997 album.
“It was powerful feeling, especially the reaction from the crowd,” Cormega told AllHipHop.com. The special guests were met with glee of the raucous fans.
The Firm, a short-lived supergroup backed by Dr. Dre, Steve Stoute and The Trackmasters, consisted of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown and Nature. Cormega refused to sign in with the rest of the group for business and personal reasons.
Cormega was the centerpiece of Nas’ 1994 hit “One Love,” but the two grew into a beef over the years. Cormega and Nas traded lyrical bars dissing each other, but those days are apparently behind them.
“We had our differences, but me and Nas knew each other before Hip-Hop. This wasn’t the first time I spoke with Nas, we’d been talking, but the world didn’t know it.,” the New York native continued. “We’ve taken lyrical shots at each other, but it’s a New Year, and it was just time for us to publicly squash the beef.”
Cormega’s work continues on the musical front.
“I’m dropping a mixtape within the next three months featuring Large Professor, Styles P, and others. All the songs are exclusively for the mixtape, none of them will be on the next solo album, which is called The Inevitable.”
As for the concert pessimists that speculated the reunion with Nas and Foxy was just for the show, Cormega said, “If it wasn’t sincere, I would not have been there.”