Nas Comments On Kendrick Lamar’s “King of New York” Claim

(AllHipHop News) Without question, Nas is one of the rappers that Kendrick Lamar looks up to, but now the Queensbridge, New York legend has commented on Compton upstart’s claim to be “The King of New York.”

Nas spoke to Ms. Info of Hot 97 at a Hennessy party and talked about the controversy.

“Wow. My reaction is wow. I love hip-hop right now. … Certain fans like certain eras of rap, certain fans are not up on certain eras, so they don’t really remember all of them. Yeah, yeah, yeah, KRS-One, MC Shan and all the way to Busy Bee. This is what hip-hop is all about. You gotta ask [Kendrick what he meant]. I’m a listener.”

Nas admitted he was working on a new album.

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114 Responses to “Nas Comments On Kendrick Lamar’s “King of New York” Claim”

      • theKID

        It’ll NEVER happen. Dude wasn’t even 18yrs old when he made illmatic and that shit was NASTY! Aint nobody gonna come thru wit that much skill at an early age AND make a CLASSIC album.

      • ZUBU

        @EDOG I feel what you saying my brotha, but Nas has grown and changed over time. Having said that people thought he was soft before he ethered Jay, people like Jay and others tried to test his skills and he let loose. I think he still got that “Nasty Nas with the chipped tooth smile” in him, he just got it on the backburner.
        Yo Nas on the wish factor: “like I wish a mf would” lol

      • EDOGZ818

        He has gotten soft, and while he’s in “WISH” mode, the fact that dudes “Wouldn’t” or didn’t, along with the BS, got dudes thinking they just might.

        IE: Kendrick
        Nas about getting that $, Ninjaz like Pap, Cass, Black Thought, etc., about cementing their place in the game.

        Jordan > Larry Byrd
        Sammy Sosa > Jackson ( Bo / Reggie)
        Tyson > Ali …ok, maybe Tyson Berbick instead, but the point is, as the game progresses, the players do as well.

        IMHO, no MC in the world is fuggin’ with KRS:
        “Kings lose crowns, but TEACHERS stay intelligent”
        “You be the King, while you reign I’m loving it…You be the KING & I’ll overthrow your government, send your crew, triple it or double it..”

        “MC’s wanna battle with RHYMES that have punchlines, let’s battle to see who headlines, instead of flow for flow, lets go SHOW 4 SHOW, toe to toe, Yo! You better act like YOU know!”

        KRS > Nas
        KRS influenced Nas….even though he shut his entire borough down.

        From “The Bridge is over” to Akinele, not a peep from Queens, and without “The Disco Twins”, there wasn’t a peep from Queens before MC Shan.

        Even to this day, Queens ain’t on no Battle the BX type ‘chet.

        Hip Hop, like BOXING, is a hungry man’s sport. Get fat / rich & you are going out feet first.

      • ZUBU

        Aiight bro, you went back a while, and I had mad love for “Kris” KRS-1, BDP, Scott La Rock, etc. KRS was spitting shiit back in the day most could not understand. For a good while I felt KRS more than anyone on the scene. The Bridge is over, My Philsophy, The P is Free. I can’t think of the name of it but the joint where he talks about (wants and needs) “I bought myself an uzi and my brotha a nine”.
        Bro I concur it is a hungry mans sport, much like boxing. You have to have some connection to the people if you are going to speak of or for the people. Reason why Jay, Ye, a lot of folks can’t relate. They rap about things the masses can’t realte to only dream of. Back to you talking about KRS being a teacher. Further back old school Kool Moe D, “Knowledge is King”

      • EDOGZ818

        Material Love / Love’s Gonna get You = That Uzi ‘chet (#How You forget THAT???)
        “My sister’s cute, but she has no gear, I have 3 pairs of pants & with my brother I share! There in school, I’m made a fool, with 1 & 1/2 pair of pants you ain’t cool, but there’s no dollars for nothing else, i got Beans, Rice & Bread on my shelf!”…”I do it once, I do it twice, now there’s steak with the beans & rice!”

        That ‘chet got trilla & triller as it went on.

        >> QQ’ing @zubu checking the vid on youtube

        *In prison, the strong control the weak, but the smart control the strong.

      • ZUBU

        Yeah Bro! I could so relate to what KRS was spitting then. Love’s gonna get you! I just drew a blank on the title, its been a long time. Oh Shit a Rakim joint “It’s been a long time” the most long awaited since jesus.

        Real talk bro we both know why the powers that be did not want a brotha like KRS spitting to the masses.

        (In prison, the strong control the weak, but the smart control the strong)
        Very true statement, if you have intellect, street smarts/respect you can guide the hardest brotha, cause he will know that even though you may not have the physical stature he may possess you’re a warrior on the same page with him.

      • Malik

        End of discussion.

        Jay’s been sweating his balls for close to 2 decades in hope of sitting on that throne…he went from being a Nas fan, to an adversary and now to a friend and he still can’t claim the throne…


        ***Sitting alone in the dark, listening to Nashawn & Nas – Level Seven***

      • krow132

        IDK man, I think Nas is the greatest to ever touch a mic. Hes honestly my favorite rapper of all time, but Jay-Z at this point is synonymous with New York and Hip Hop. If anything I think they both Nas and Jay can claim king of ny because 100% of NY rappers will say Nas and Jay influenced their style, 90% of the rest of the rappers will say they did too.

        and although Jay-Z was older, Reasonable Doubt wasn’t a slouch either. As a matter of fact, I listen to reasonable doubt more times then Illmatic. Its like apples and oranges comparing the 2

      • Celz

        That’s the reason Nas is slackin.. He can’t even come close.. Jay on average drops better albums.. I’m callin MCHG a wiff but he has so much material he could drop 3 more and be str8.. From Reasonable Doubt to American Gangster.. He has 3 for sure classics and most of everything else is far above average..

  1. Chris

    So Nas basically cosigned KL without actually cosigning KL. There’s a bitter New Yorker somewhere sitting at home with his lips poked out.

  2. Homegrown Chicks

    He’s not sweating it, he knows he owns that. And he respects the competitive nature, plus Kendrick said NAS was exempt from that statement the rhyme itself. If you weren’t mentioned on that track, you were the ones being put on notice.

  3. Gonja

    If Kendrick would’ve said he was the King of the South …what artists do yall think could’ve REALLY topped or matched his verse (besides Luda)? …even tho (I think) most of the artists he called out are southern style rappers (even Drake corny ass). *No disrespect to the south, only Drake*

      • @Real_SirJamie

        Zero can rap fast.. but I don’t think he has the actual BARS.

      • RapItUp

        Not just so much the speed of his delivery, but he has the substance and charisma on the mic as well.. He gotta be top 11-14 from south

      • EDOGZ818


        That was some off brand ‘chet!

        He said 11-14


        It wasn’t really a diss, but Dayum!

      • RapItUp

        I think I initially worded that wrong.. The king of the ghetto is dope to me! One of Texas top 5 hands down. I’m saying, he is somewhere within that top 1 through 11 or 14 of the entire south.. Not in between 11 and 14. Lol

    • Dub

      It’s so funny to me that rappers really think he’s saying he’s the king of New York that’s why nas didn’t really go at him bc he understands the lyrics. He says ” I’m makaveli’s offspring , I’m the king of New York”. What he’s saying is he’s a mixture of PAC and biggie. Bc biggie is the king of New York.

      • krow132

        everyone misses that. It was a metaphor to position how he is the king of rap.

        makaveli offspring, king of ny, king of THE coast, one hand i juggle em both”

        Hes big, hes pac. Hes the king of the west king of the east. Essentially saying he is the best in the game now.

        But whether it was a metaphor or not, I still get why as a NY rapper you would get offended

      • John

        Exactly !!! Only the smart people get it!!!!! Thanks, finally someone who understands the lyrics! Aside from that, I see it as a way to spark competition among NY Mc’s, to motivate someone to reclaim the throne of NY. Since Kendrick mentioned that line, now u have everyone debating on who the king of Ny is…Now NY Mc’s will have to step up their bars to battle it out among each other for that spot! This is exactly what hip hop needed, someone to say something that could be easily taken out of context and spark a friendly feud !

      • DJ7

        Sh*ts been said B…for years….the only difference this time is those lame azz excuses of someone being old and bitter or irrelevant doesn’t apply…I guess only the truly enlightened ones overstood that!!

    • @Real_SirJamie

      Scarface, Chamillionaire, he actually called out “South” rappers when he said Jay Elect and J Cole… (New Orleans and South Carolina)

      • Surf

        Yep, Pusha & Krit are from the south too. Cole is from N. Carolina.

      • southside4lyfe

        first of J Cole might as well be from New York. and Jay Elect don’t b puttin on for the south

    • trilltalk1

      B.O.B already went in on that track his shit is the 2nd best i heard out of all the responses. GRAPH, B.O.B and RANSOM had the best responses to me.

    • trilltalk1

      i think T.I could get busy as well. maybe i am just biased cause i am a H-TOWN nigga, but i think KILLA KYLEON would be perfect for this shit. that nigga got BARZ!!!!

    • wallace

      Drizzy aint from the south, he sounds nothing like a southern artist. Besides, his sensitive ass can still match pretty much anybody in the game line per line. The homie’s from the Toronto. And shit could get dangerous (on the mic, I repeat on the mic) if Drake decides to get envolved… but I doubt he would, let’s see.

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  5. Inmadopuroz

    nas is right tho we need this type of healthy beef in rap..i love nas alot alot i do anything to see him and i mean anything wink wink

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      LOL U GAY ASS COWARD, U THAT MAD U HAD TO MAKE A FAKE PROFILE, U LOSER LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • junj03

        Definitely you are gay bro, its cool. we all know this anyways lol

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ


      • EDOGZ818

        Yeah, we been knew he was gay, but I respect him for coming out the closet, I mean, he already had one foot out and the other on a banana peel anyway.

      • EDOGZ818

        No prob!

        I respect your new hustle…you are doing for c*cksuckaz, what the movie “Top Gun” did for pilots.

        The bipolar displays with your other profile…the fake one, does get annoying. Work on that, & you may get accepted by the “E” Crew eventually…well, no you won’t, but you’ll still be better off than b4.


      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        by the way… FU(k your E Crew lame boy. signing off, the originiator of QUEENS, the straight one!

      • KingsCountyCrooklyn

        now that was funny cause he be slipping on this site

      • EDOGZ818

        Slipping? More like “He’s fallen & can’t get up!” >>Hits old lady style medic alert bracelet.

  6. ZUBU

    Nasir Da God, Baby Rakim. Jay got more paper; Nas got more respect. Jay didn’t get the memo: “Money Can’t Buy The Respect Of The Masses.”

  7. ShortDogg

    Nas is the greatest of all time! Kendrick knows that! Dude love Nas! Every one has to watch the streets that follow. Give Kenrick his due! Dude is coming! Nice response Nas! You are and will always be the King of New York! Even Biggie knew that shit! And… Biggie is definitely one of the greatest of all time! My list will never go past five! Nas is number 1#! You guys can fill out the rest!

  8. Dadon850

    Lol @ any black man thinking he the king of New York. Like Nas said on Hip Hop is Dead album…”While these two compete on who’s the star of the show, Golden legs there makes off with the dough”.

  9. KingsCountyCrooklyn

    in the words of B.I.G “the king of new york that I wanna be it” like I said in a previous comment, it seems that the King of new york is what rappers from all areas aim to be after the watching the throne. Kendrick gets mad respect for taking the rap game to a place it hasn’t gone in a minute. breath some life back in that bitch

  10. DJ7

    In other HIP HOP news…Joe Budden responds b.u.t. it’s nowhere to be found on AHH yet they’ve been hyping it up since “Control” dropped…smh @ AHH

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