21 Savage Says Nas Is “Not Relevant” In Contemporary Hip-Hop

While on Twitter Spaces following the release of his latest album Her Loss, 21 Savage briefly discussed Nas and Hit-Boy’s King’s Disease III.

After the release of 21 Savage’s Drake-assisted album Her Loss, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, The Slaughter King went to Twitter Spaces over the weekend to talk rap. During the discussion, participants acknowledged Nas and Hit-Boy’s album King’s Disease III, which 21 Savage, birth name Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, brushed off. When people in the chat mentioned Nas’ “relevance,” Joseph replied, “I don’t feel like he’s relevant, he just has a loyal ass fanbase and he still makes good-ass music.”

The discussion also brought up several hip-hop veterans including JAY-Z, Fat Joe, Snoop Dogg, Scarface, Too Short as fitting the “old rappers” category, while Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap caught shade.

Despite Joseph’s comment on “relevance,” Nas has been a mainstay in hip-hop for three decades, beginning with his 1994 landmark debut Illmatic. Last year, the album was inducted into the Library of Congress.

“The sound they forged features gritty drums, hazy vinyl samples and snatches of jazz and ‘70s R&B,” the Library of Congress stated about Illmatic. “It has been described as the sound of a kid in Queensbridge ransacking his parents’ record collection.”

Joseph and Nas also have one Grammy each, and the Queensbridge rapper last performed a medley of his classics at the Grammy Awards 2022 in April. While perhaps not viral like the troll-worthy Her Loss rollout, Nas continues to be an acclaimed veteran, with KD3 being the third installment of the King’s Disease series with Hit-Boy.

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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