Queens rap legend Nas sat down with HOT 97’s Peter Rosenberg during SXSW 2012 a few weeks back to talk about different aspects and moments of his career. Toward the end of the interview, Nas briefly talked about rap-enemy-turned-friend Jay-Z.
In the interview with Rosenberg’s NoiseMakers, Nas said, “Hip-hop needs to thank God for Jay-Z. As a businessman, Martin Luther King [Jr.] died, Malcolm X died, Elijah Muhammad died, Noble Drew Ali died, the honarable Marcus Garvey died for Jay [and] for you and me. The fact that he’s doing what he’s doing is an awakening call for all of the Gods and Earths to wake up and understand the true calling. This generation is bigger than what we can even fathom. [Jay-Z] is one of the only ones, out of the whole community, that we grew up with in the Run DMC days who has taken this shit seriously—musically and business-wise. That’s powerful. You gotta respect him.”
Check out the full 30 minute+ interview below: