The Wall Street Journal caught up with Nas and in between talks of Distant Relatives he shares his thoughts on Jay-Z’s New York anthem.
WSJ: In 1994 you put out a song called “N.Y. State of Mind.” Jay-Z recently had a huge hit with his anthem “Empire State of Mind.” What did you think of his track?
Nas: It’s just keeping that whole thing alive—this New York thing. There are a lot of people complaining about New York hip-hop, about it not being what it was, and he stood up and now we have another anthem to be proud of.
WSJ: Do you think you’ll write another New York anthem anytime soon?
Nas: I don’t know. I think [Jay-Z] pretty much handled it. Of course, I’m always gonna talk about New York—it’s the greatest city in the world. But I’m not in the studio making a New York record now to one up anybody, no.