AGAIN! Nas is at the top of the G.O.A.T. pile right now. He’s on a run like never before. This run is unprecedented—unheard of—for any MC. I love that Nas is doing it this way. I don’t know what he’s doing it for, but he’s doing it. I have some suspicions, but forget what I think. Let us try to figure out what the man has given us.
Actually, before I do that, let me remind you of what we stated earlier this week. I suggested Nas had new music on the way. This was exclusive and, although other media tried to take credit on social media, it started right here with illseed. ME. Now with that in mind, a few short days later, Nas released a clip on Instagram (see below).
Inevitably, the use of the word “finale” has instantly started people talking about “retirement” with God’s Son. Personally, I’m having it. There’s no way Nas is going to retire in the middle of a run this epic. Also, let us address the elephant in the room. Nas is never going to stop this hustle until there’s no question he’s the King. To many, there is no question. I do believe there’s a commercial opinion that still includes some other notables—like Jay-Z.
Let us say the name. Jay has been very quiet in this 50th year of Hip-Hop and I wonder why. Nevertheless, his body of work has been incredible, but I hope Jay decides to step up and drop an album. Jay has never released an album that didn’t go to No. 1. It’s now a time in Hip-Hop where going to the top of the chart instantly is tough. Nas doesn’t seem to care about that. He seems to care about the art, legacy and culture.