NaS is already looked at as one Hip Hop’s most influential artists, but an op-ed piece from CNN has declared the QB emcee as the greatest lyricist who has ever lived. More after the jump.
The writer of the op-ed, Eliott C. McLaughlin argues that NaS is among rappers like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Too $hort and others in terms of his longevity and dexterity on the mic. Despite that, the debate (at least in the mainstream) has always been between Pac and Biggie.
NaS also gives his thoughts on why he still thinks those two are the best who have ever done it and 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.”
Even though Hip Hop heads have constantly done and re-done their own G.O.A.T. lists, NaS says it’s too early for him to be considered the G.O.A.T. “It’s wayyyyyy, way, way too early in our lives. 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.”