For the latest installment of his always-enlightening Noisemakers interview series, radio personality Peter Rosenberg powwowed with Nas and got the God Son’s opinion on the career of his rival-turned-comrade, Jay-Z. It was the first time Nas had been asked about it, and he delivered his answer with quite the dramatic flourish.
“Martin Luther King died, Malcolm X died, Noble Drew Ali died, the honorable Marcus Garvey died… for Jay; for you and me,” Nas said. “So the fact that he’s doin’ what he’s doin’ is a wake-up call for the Gods and Earths to wake up and understand their true calling.”
“He’s one of the only ones out of the whole community that we grew up in … who’s taking this shit very seriously, musically and business-wise. That’s powerful so you gotta respect him,” he continued.
The interview took place in Austin, Texas, at the recent SXSW Festival and premieres in its entirety on Thursday, March 29.
Catch the Jay-Z-related clip — and watch the official Noisemakers with Nas trailer — below.