Nas and Eminemís first collaboration arrived Friday as part of Nasí new album Kingís Disease II.
On the Hit-Boy-produced track ďEPMD 2,Ē which also features the legendary duo, the ďRap GodĒ shows humility as he raps about wanting to be compared to greats like JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, and Big Daddy Kane.
ďI just pray for the day when Iím able to say that Iím placed with the greats / And my nameís with the Kanes, and the Waynes, and the Jays,Ē he raps.
Marshall Mathers also gives props to rap kings including Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Drake, and Nas himself. ďAnd the Dres, and the ĎYes, and the Drakes / And the J Dillas, Jadas, Cool Js, and the Ras / And amaziní as Nas is, and praise to the Gods of this / Shout to the golden age of hip-hop and the name of this song isÖĒ
Despite Eminemís 25 years in the game, the lyrics surprised some fans, who already consider the Detroit rapper to be one of the GOATs.
Never seen someone so humble who’s at the top. You’re the GOAT Em!
ó Ronnie Goulart (@CapeCodRon86) August 6, 2021
Heís already better than all of those guys he named tbh
ó Jeremiah? (@Jeremia89003268) August 6, 2021
Elsewhere on his verse, Em pays respect to hip-hopís late legends. ďRIP out to DMX, Stezo, E and Nipsey / Ecstasy and Prince Markie Dee, MF DOOM,Ē he raps. ďI hit 50 [Cent] via text / Told him that I love him ícause I donít even know when Iíma see him next / Tomorrow could be your death.Ē
Kingís Disease II, the sequel to Nasí 2020 album, also features a rare collaboration with Lauryn Hill.
On ďNobody,Ē the Fugees icon addresses the criticism she has received for being notoriously late to her shows. ďMy awareness like Keanu in The Matrix / Iím saving souls and yíall complaining about my lateness,Ē raps Ms. Hill.