The 14th track on his latest collaboration alongside the Hit-Boy, “First Time” is a tribute to the love at first sight for music as it features the Queensbridge DJ thinking about his “special moment” he first was introduced to some of his favourite artists.
In relation the matter of Kendrick, Nas recalls being introduced to the Compton native by a close friend during his West Coast years before he became famous.
“Since when did rap leave me so suspended in air / Since Kendrick entered the atmosphere, ’09, I was there / On La Cienega, my n-gga from L.A. said there’s a n-gga from Black Hippy / I was happy to just witness history,” the rapper rhymes.
Nas as well as Kendrick Lamar are yet to get their lyrical swords sharpened on wax, however there is a lot of respect among the Hip Hop titans.
In the year 2012 Nas said that Kendrick’s debut album “Good Kid”, m.A.A.d city one of his most cherished albums of the year and said: “No disrespect to nobody else in rap music however, it’s Kendrick Lamar. I’m extremely happy with the album. I was in need of this. His record reaches you. It will give you hope.”
Nas the rapper’s debut album in Illmatic, released in 1994 Illmatic Illmatic, also had a significant effect on Kendrick. “You hear in my music what’s surrounding me and just to be able to elevate your mind a little bit,” Kendrick stated on Google Play at the time of 2014. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that if it wasn’t for that album, truthfully.”
In the last edition of Magic, Nas heaped yet praise for The Black Hippy, crowning him, J. Cole as well as Drake as the new Nas JAY-Z, Biggie and Biggie.
“Shoulda did that remix verse on ‘Gimme the Loot’ for Biggie / Me, JAY-Z and Frank White is like Cole, Drizzy and Kenny,” the rapper rapped on “Wu For the Children.”
“How were you feeling? It was the first time you heard Biggie I’m thinking”Who’s this guy? Wow’ when I heard the song ‘Pac’ was on the track with Uh, Digital Underground, like That was wild,” he says on the track’s outro. He then adds: “Like, N.W.A. What’s this kid? I was thinking of going insane !”
King’s Disease 3 made its debut on streaming services on the 4th of November (November 4) with 17 brand new tracks, but no guest tracks. It’s the third installment of Nas and Hit-Boy’s Grammy-winning collaboration and their fourth overall collaboration following the previously mentioned Magic.