After surprising fans at the listening session for Run The Jewels 2 last night, Nas has finally unveiled the highly-anticipated, long-overdue collaboration with the late Jay Dee, a free-flowing rap over Dilla’s vintage “Gobstopper” beat.
With Nas celebrating its 20th anniversary and revisiting his Illmatic roots, as well as the fact that he’s finally decided to rap over a Dilla beat for the first time ever, I’m personally hoping that he’ll craft music in this same vein and work with producers who are on that same wavelength (read: more DJ Premier and Pete Rock, please). Wishful thinking, sure, but at this point anything is possible.
UPDATE: As you may or may not know, Jay Electronica also rocked this beat before. I placed an open call on Twitter for a blend and DJ Smu came to the rescue!
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