Nas Responds To Jay-Z's Challenge, Speaks On Murder Inc. Affiliation

While speculation

regarding Nas' stance on Jay-Z and his affiliation with Murder Inc. has run

wild on the Internet and in print magazines, Nas has stepped forward to clear

the air.

In a statement

released to, Nas responded to his Nemesis, Jay-Z and his call

for a Pay Per View battle, in which both artists would put up $1 million and

battle for the people's respect.


is for wrestlers and boxers, I make records," Nas said. "If Jay-Z

wants to battle, he should drop his album the same day I do and let the people


Nas can be heard

repping Murder Inc. on the remix to "The Pledge," which also features

Ashanti and Ja-Rule. While Nas working with Murder Inc. in some capacity has

never been ruled out, Nas did clarify where his recording career would be. "I've

always had a great relationship with Columbia and look forward to making records

with them for the rest of my career," the rapper said.

While Nas latest

album The Lost Tapes, a collection of unreleased and heavily bootlegged songs

hits stores September 3rd, he is working on his latest studio featuring all

new material. "I am finishing up my new album, God's Son, which will be

released November 19th on Ill Will/Columbia Records."