CNN Names Nas “hip-hop’s finest MC”

Nas is widely considered as one of the most influential hip-hop artists of our time. In a recent op-ed piece on CNN, writer Eliott C. McLaughlin believes that the Queensbridge rapper is the greatest lyricist of all time.

In the article, McLaughlin argues that Nas is among rappers like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Too $hort to name a few for his longevity and dexterity behind the mic. Even so, the debate has always been between Pac and Biggie. Nas also shares his thoughts on how they are still the best who have ever done it. He admits that he would be better if both were still around.

“I just think Biggie was something else. He was the Hitchcock of this thing, man. He told you a story. There was a seriousness that came with it that can’t compare with nothing,” he said.

He continued, “To leave us with that kind of music at that young age is exceptional. There’s no other word to say. They were bigger than all of us, even today — their music, their sound, their topics. The way the world listened to them was a lot bigger than I would even say myself and the rest of us … I don’t think today we’ve made an official impact that those guys were just starting to make.”

Although hip-hop heads are quick to formulate their own GOAT lists, Nas says it’s too early for him to be considered among history’s best MCs.

“It’s wayyyyyy, way, way too early in our lives,” he said. “It’s great to put a list together, but don’t take it too seriously because your list won’t matter 10 years from now or 15 years from now. It’ll be a different list.”

You can read the rest of the piece here that discusses his former feud with Jay-Z, hearing himself on the radio for the first time and more.

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  • PaperBoy

    LoL! 2pac had his foot in Nas’ a ss 24/7


    and he doesn’t bite a shit load of lyrics and say “i’m only biggin up my brother” O_o , and he doesn’t have to lie to his fan base that he’s “retiring” to sell albums and have people kiss his ass for anything, and he’s been battled on the mic, and he has checked niggas on the mic, and he makes songs that don’t talk about your typical “dope, guns, and hoes,” and his lyrics can educate you on shit you don’t know (other than to make coke) , AND he got classic albums, and he put on for his city, and he changed the game when he first arrived on the scene, and he has survived the times when niggas have REALLY FALLEN OFF in hip hop. NAS …IDK…. but from what I can see, I believe the CNN writer is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. #greatest

  • nystate

    Nas is the greatest but just to name this, too short SUCKS DICK! only thing he ever had was flow and that was before, now hes whack as shit, a grandpa doing hoe music videos signing ”budda wudda” artists. Whack ass bitch. Nas keep doing your thing and never turn out to be like 2 short he a bitch

  • karlon burkett

    Has CNN not heard of a rapper named Tupac Shakur. Don’t get me wrong Nas is dope. Lyrically he is amazing. But, he can’t touch Pac.

  • Omari Holman

    When it come to lyricals nas is the dopest that i’ve heard

  • Wizz

    You just cannot make an argument about this. Nas is the greatest. I don’t wanna hear no Tupac stories…Biggie was better than him…Big L lyrically coulda eat the both of them.