Nas weighs in on the current rap scene: ‘There’s no one keeping me up at night’

Rapper did have praise for one musician in particular

Annabel Nugent
Friday 05 March 2021 11:10

Nas has offered his opinion on the current rap scene, stating “no one [is] keeping me up at night”.

The renowned musician gave his assessment on the newest generation of rappers in an interview with The Financial Times

He said: “I appreciate what’s out there, but there’s no one keeping me up at night. I hear a new rap record and think it’s great, but I don’t listen to it the next week.”

Nas – who achieved fame with his 1994 debut album Illmatic – added that he had been particularly impressed by Pop Smoke, an American rapper who was shot dead aged 20 during a home invasion last year. 

Speaking about Pop Smoke, the 47-year-old said: “We were happy to see that young king come up. He was a breath of fresh air.”

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Last year saw the release of Nas’s latest album King’s Disease, which received positive reviews among fans and critics.

The record will also be competing against albums by D Smoke, Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist, Jay Electronica and Royce Da 5’9” for the title of Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammys.

The 63rd Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on 14 March.

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