Brows were raised when Nicki Minaj unveiled her video for “Right By My Side” and Nas was her leading man of choice. Undoubtedly, Nas is one of the most revered figures in hip hop, so it was a surprise to many that he collaborated with someone that many claimed to have abandoned hip hop. In a recent interview, he spoke on critics’ opinions of his “Champion” costar.
VIBE: Having worked with Nicki Minaj, what are your views on some critics who say she is not real hip-hop?
NAS: I think the hip-hop purists are purists through and through. They’re here to criticize all of us. That’s just how it is. We as MC’s criticize each other. That’s the nature of hip-hop. But to say that Nicki is not hip-hop is inaccurate. She wouldn’t be here if she wasn’t hip-hop. We saw her come up in the streets and virally with all the YouTube videos. She earned her position. She came up through the ranks. She came from nothing and became the one female that’s holding it down for hip-hop.
Meanwhile, Nas’ Life Is Good is looking to debut at number one, with sales ranging from 115-125K, according to HDD. He hit up BET’s 106 & Park with Swizz Beatz and Miguel to perform “Summer On Smash.”