Nas has stated that he no longer looks to his peer rappers to keep him inspired in the stall.
NAS was a special guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on February 22, and he was asked which rappers keep him on his toes.
As The 49-year-old rapper explained, he isn’t motivated by his fellow Hip Hop artists since many of them are outside the hip-hop scene.
“I’m trying to figure out what my next move is, and I feel like a lot of Hip Hop artists my age are not putting out a lot of material, so I can’t look to them as a reference,” Nas expressed.
“They kind of slowed down — for whatever reasons, I understand it’s a tough thing — but I got bit by the bug, man.”
While many rappers from Nas's generation are no longer active or fizzled out, Nas has lived new life into his already special career in recent years thanks to his cooperating partnership with Hit-Boy, with whom he’s dropped 4 projects in three years winning one Esco his first-ever Grammy.
“I collaborated with this cat Hit-Boy who’s like the best, and he’s produced all of those albums — King’s Disease 1, 2, 3. We’re kind of inspiring ourselves at this point. It’s really interesting.”
Colbert asked Nas what he sees in Hit-Boy that he’s missing in himself, and he jokingly replied: “youth.” He also described him and the multi-platinum producer as a “perfect match.”
The challenging duo proved their superiority once again last year on the feature-less King’s Disease 3.
King’s Disease 3 debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 with 29,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, earning Nas his 16th top 10 albums on the chart.