NEW YORK (AP) — When a teenage Nas opted out of street hustling to chase his musical dream, those around him found it amusing."When I chose to get in rap, my friends chose to do other things and not all great things. They chose to be in the streets and kind of laughed at me in a way about taking rap so seriously," said the rapper, who hails from the New York City borough of Queens. "I'm glad I stuck with it because I believed in it from day one."
Nas recently appeared twice on Complex's list of the "50 Best Guest Verses of All Time." Nas ranked at #2 for Main Source's "Live at the BBQ" (1991) and again at #9 for Raekwon's "Verbal Intercourse"(1995)
Nas’ ‘The Don’ is one of the star attractions for the second year of The Secret 7 initiative. Other tracks this year include Elton John - Bennie & The Jets, HAIM - Better Off, Jessie Ware - Still Love Me, Laura Marling - The Beast, Nick Drake - Rider On The Wheel & Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think.
Let's begin with a disclaimer: Nas doesn't endorse the following sentence.
But he's the greatest lyricist of all time.
Those words were carefully chosen: "lyricist" over "rapper" or "hip-hop artist;" "greatest" instead of "most successful;" "all time" rather than "today."
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