Watch J. Cole Praise Nas At Vibe Impact Awards
There was “Let Nas Down” and “Made Nas Proud,” and now J. Cole has delivered a heartfelt speech praising his favorite MC. The Born Sinner spoke at the VIBE Impact Awards to tribute Nas, reminiscing about how hearing It Was Written for the first time when he was nine converted him from 2Pac to the Queensbridge legend.
“Once I fell in love with the art form of rhyming it was clear to see what I was drawn to, and it was a few things. It was introspection, storytelling, emotion and lyricism,” Cole said from the podium. “And, during my early romance with hip-hop, there was one rapper who was and still is the poster child for all of those qualities that I just named and that’s Nasir Jones, obviously. “
Check out Cole’s whole speech up top, and read a joint interview with Cole and Nas from their recent VIBE cover story.