Nas and 21 Savage have launched the brand new joint single “One Mic, One Gun,” placing apart any traces of beef after 21 publicly questioned his elder’s relevancy two weeks in the past.
With a bombastic beat by Hit-Boy, the music appears like an extension of Nas and Hit-Boy’s lately accomplished King’s Illness trilogy. The title fittingly references Nas’ 2001 Stillmatic staple “One Mic,” which was written within the warmth of his notorious feud with Jay-Z, however the tone displays his enlightened perspective over twenty years later.
21 instantly pays homage by shouting out the venture in his preliminary verse, then confronts his personal feedback with the road, “Whenever you flip to legend, no such factor as relevance.” The Queens rapper does his half to remind everybody of his legacy, saying within the hook, “I opened a lane for my period/ I’m goated/ They gavе me the crown,” whereas additionally addressing extra urgent considerations like struggling a house invasion in November in addition to the fallout between 21 Savage and Kodak Black after the previous’s controversial feedback, telling them to “be huge for the South.” Stream “One Mic, One Gun” under.
The transient stand-off between the rappers started on November thirteenth when 21 Savage hopped on a Clubhouse discussion board titled “Is Nas the Best Rapper or What?” and advised friends, “He’s not related. He simply has a loyal ass fan base. He simply has a loyal fan base and he nonetheless make good-ass music.” He shortly issued a clarification the following day through Twitter, saying, “I’d by no means disrespect nas or any legend who paved the best way for me y’all be tryna take stuff and run with it.”
Nas didn’t have interaction with the slight, however posted a message the day earlier than the one’s launch through Instagram, saying, “Solely method we shifting is with love, respect and unity. The foundational rules of hip hop. Excited to collaborate with my younger brother and I hope extra artist use turbulent moments and switch them right into a time to make new artwork. That’s what it’s about.”
21 Savage additionally lately drew the ire of Condé Nast after he and Drake used a faux Vogue journal cowl to advertise their collaborative album, Her Loss.
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