Hit-Boy has jumped into the heated conversation on rap legend Nas’ relevancy. Last weekend, 21 participated in a Clubhouse discussion where he found himself in a debate when he stated, “What y’all saying, relevant though? I don’t feel like [Nas is] relevant. I just feel like he got fans.”
The ATL native added, “He’s not relevant, he just has a loyal a– fan base. He just has a loyal fan base and he still make good-a– music.” Hit-Boy worked with Nas on his latest LP King Disease III as well as the other two previous installations of the series.
In a recent interview, the producer reacted to 21’s “relevancy” comment in relation to their work on King’s Disease. “Even take like the 21 Savage thing. I just feel like that’s a part of King’s Disease,” Hit-Boy said. “How do you look at a Black hip-hop artist, legendary guy, who just won his first Grammy a couple years ago, right…just put four critically-acclaimed albums.” The producer pointed out that up-and-coming artists in other genres, such as rock, don’t disrespect the legends.
“We have to see that with hip-hop, and that’s just wack, man…that’s what King’s Disease is,” he said.
21 spoke out about the backlash in a tweet. The rapper wrote, “I would never disrespect Nas or any legend who paved the way for me,” he tweeted. “Y’all be tryna take stuff and run with it.”
I would never disrespect nas or any legend who paved the way for me y’all be tryna take stuff and run with it 🤦🏾♂️— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) November 14, 2022
Nas seemingly responded to 21’s comment when he posted a fresh set of Instagram photos with the caption reading, “[laughing emoji] LOVE.”
Fans flooded the comment section writing, “Had to inspire them again like I didn’t already,” quoting his song “The Pressure.” Another fan wrote, “A King’s response!”
“#relevant,” another fan simply wrote.