Nas: “Hip-Hop Battles Are Important”

(AllHipHop News) After being involved in one of the most notorious Hip-Hop rap battles in history, Nas would definitely be considered one emcee that has a keen understanding of the impact lyrical beefing.

The Queensbridge native’s 2001 war of words with Jay-Z for the title of “King of New York” helped elevate both rappers to legendary status. It’s significance is so great that a dozen years later fans of both emcees still debate who came out on top even though the rappers themselves have long settled the dispute personally.

While speaking with Australian music website, Nas expressed his belief that rap battles are a necessary and vital Hip-Hop tradition.

“Hip-Hop battles are very important parts of Hip-Hop as well. You never know when it could happen. When it happens, people get a chance to see what you’re made of,” said Nas.

Battles have been a part of Hip-Hop culture from the very beginning. The earliest Hip-Hop DJ’s would compete to see who could rock a party the hardest. Then when the emcee came to the forefront, they wanted to prove who was the best rapper on the mic by going head-to-head. Competition was also a driving force in the rise of b-boy crews and graffiti artists.

That competitive nature has survived in Hip-Hop until this day with recent rap battles like Cassidy vs Meek Mill, Lil Wayne vs Pusha T, and Drake vs Common still capturing the attention of rap fans.

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“What I say to people is, ‘When you’re an emcee, you never know when your day’ll come to be in a Hip-Hop battle’,” added Nas.

Hip-Hop is a severely competitive sport, and when a challenge arises the two opponents have to step in the ring and prove who the real champion is. The custom of beefing on wax not only shows the public which rapper can handle their own on the mic, but it also provides a needed nonviolent means of settling a dispute.

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  • andone

    I still don’t understand the rozay ft. On life is good… Nas lost me wit that!

    • Dontoure Smith

      And that has what to do with this post?

      • The Undisputed Leader


      • andone

        accident murderers.

    • IsiahZeke11

      You WAY off topic homie, not to mention whether you like it or not Rozay does have a knack for a few hit records and him and Nas seem to be cool… Nothing more nothing less, no need to be confused and have an aneurism over such a simple matter, smh…

      • andone

        how am i off topic when i spoke first… i wasnt askin a question either, its my opinion whether u like it or not… no need to be confused and have an aneurism over such a simple matter… SMH!

  • The Undisputed Leader

    I don’t believe in all that battlin’, beefin’ and competition. It ain’t important. Niggaz just got too much pride to stay away from it.

    • That’s what makes it Hip Hop. It’s vital.

      • The Undisputed Leader

        I just like to spit my shit and leave it at that. I ain’t out here tryna battle niggaz and make ’em feel bad…lol

  • MrNoName2K

    i agree, i dont think theres anything wrong with a good rap battle every now and then…

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  • digitallife

    Elevated both to legendary status? Nope..Nas threw daggers and showed the world Jay-Z was human and could bleed. He revived his career, reclaimed his spot, and the other guy has never again seen the level of respect he had prior to ether dropping. Nas did finish a war Jadakiss wanted but Jay squashed.

    • IsiahZeke11

      Very well said sir… I’m a person that DESPISES bullies on all levels, so for Jay Z to start some bs with a man for basically no reason (besides envy) then get his azz kicked in a fight he started was just justice being served HARSHLY and deservedly… All the mainstream idiots didn’t even give Nas a chance and declared him dead before he even responded… Man it was beautiful, I was so proud of my dawg Nas, basically Jay Z awoke a sleeping GIANT and payed for it… It turned out to be good grown man ish for hip hop as they kept it on wax, squashed it later, then even did some business… You gotta luv that!

  • paul blake

    I enjoy a good rap beef every now and then. The key word being “GOOD”. I’m looking at you Azalia Banks. As long as the battles stay on wax and off the streets I’m good. I don’t know if the battle between BIG and Pac had a direct impact on their death in reality, but the perception is that it did. And that perception changed rap for the worse in my opinion.

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  • Sho Tunez

    yessir! U scared go to church……

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  • Anyone who considers Nas a role mode needs to re-examine their whole life.

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