Nas Co-Signs Azealia Banks and Meek Mill

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You know you’ve made it when Nas is mentioning your name. The hip-hop legend is bestowing praise on two young rappers, one he calls the “total package” and the other who is giving the streets a voice.

While A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay Electronica all have Nas’ respect, he singled out fellow New Yorker Azealia Banks. “I fuck with that ‘212,’” he told Rap-Up.com of the 21-year-old’s breakout single. “She has incredible star power, you can see it already. I think we need that. To come across the total package in this game, you need more than just a hot 16 and not everybody is blessed with the total package. She has it.”

According to Mr. Jones, another artist who has “it” is Meek Mill. “I got my eyes on him. He’s the next one to take this shit over. I’m rooting for him,” said Nas. “There are no more street orators in the game, who are fresh off the block and can tell us currently what’s going on. So you gotta appreciate him. We have to support Meek Mill’s movement because he’s talking about real life and if we don’t support that, then what are we doin’?”

Nas was recently in the studio with the Philly MC, recording for his upcoming debut Dreams & Nightmares. “It’s amazing,” he said of their work together. “I say out of everybody that’s new I listen to him and I feel like he’s doing what we need. I’m dying to just kill it on his album.”

He also has love for Meek’s Maybach Music mentor, Rick Ross. “I respect Ross’ business acumen and I respect his music. I fuck with his shit,” said Nas, who collaborated with Rozay on his upcoming album Life Is Good.

In addition to releasing his 10th album on July 17, Nas will play the Rock the Bells festival later this summer.

–D.L.

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59 Comments

  1. Dro

    Nas opinion still holds weight with me. It was his young viewpoint that helped to shape both Rap & Hip-Hop (to completely seperate entities) to what they are today.

    Azealia has a great cadence & Meek is realistic and lyrical all tho they both are somewhat repetitive subject wise.

    Meek: I sold drugs, get money, f*ck bitches
    Azealia: Generic hood girl gold digger raps.

    But they have room & time to grow.

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Dro, Please Nas holds no weight in hip-hop anymore. Watch his album flop! Thank god Nicki gave him a breath of air this year.

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    Jordan Gabriel Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, you STUPID DUMB ASS HOE. you must be bare dumb to even dig Nicki Minaj. Or you must be an uneducated 15 year old with no hip hop culture whatsoever.

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Jordan Gabriel, Ewww sounds threating to my soul. You flaming Queen!!!

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    Dro Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, STFU. I’m a part of TeamMinaj so take it in stride when I G-Check you. Nas has 2 classic albums, 15 years in & several classic verses. Maybe Nicki will do that but until she DOES STFU. Assh*les like you are making people sick of Nicki. I don’t wanna be on the team standing next to a douche like you. Take your elementary understanding if Rap & Hip-Hop and your disrespect elsewhere.

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    My Name U Dont need 2 kno dat Reply:

    @Dro, I respect wht ur sayin but look at what you said 2 classic albums the, guy has had 10 but i understand what ur saying

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    giizus kryst Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, oh bitch you didn’t just said that

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    YES Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, I guess Nicki is already flopping after her second album…while Nas has 8 consecutive and 3 gold albums to date. Fuck A HATER!

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    Os Reply:

    @MinajRules2012,you really now what to say to get that nicki hating flame a blaze,look at the haters look at all that they are saying because of your comment you run on every post and talk ignorants sh-t and they all know you by now but they still by in to your b-lsh!t and the sad thing is you are the biggest nicki haters of them all,you found away to get people to hater on nicki more you are one of the smartest nicki hater i ever came across.

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    Tunechi Reply:

    @MinajRules2012,

    It’s shit like this that makes me embarrassed to be a Nicki Minaj fan. Ugh! Ur prolly a pop fan, leave Nicki alone and stay listening to Gaga and 1Direction.

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  2. MinajRules2012

    Nas co-signs everyone who’s hot at the moment, he is hoping for a track. He’s desperate. Jay-Z will always shit on Nas. He’s done.

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    Dro Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, And you’re still at it. Reseat yourself. Your a bandwagoner I can tell. Who’s ever on top is the best right? SMH. You take the bragging Nicki does on wax to seriously. She doesn’t shit on ppl like this in real life. And you’d never say it to Nas’s face so lock your lips. The negativity you give off will bring nothing but bad karma your way. You’ve been warned.

    As a Stan for an artists you represent them the same way a child reps a parent and you make your fab look shitty and like a piss poor example of leadership. STFU and mask your ignorance.

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @Dro, that minajrule is the biggest nicki hater it is no fan are stan of nicki,i see he got you tricked too,it,s all reverse psychology thats it,s game.

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    Soaring Reply:

    @MinajRules2012,
    “Ether” > anything Jay-Z can ever say in life.

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    Muah Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, So you’re saying Azealia is hot at the moment??????? Lol you know you like her! Stop frontin

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    YES Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, I guess that is why Jay-z stared: Nas & Em are my only competition.” I guess that is why Jay-z cried on live radio because Nas “ETHERED” his ass.

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    TeamYRB Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, A real Nicki fan wouldn’t diss Nas. We have to much respect for Nicki. You obviously need to reevaluate your position on things.

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    cOMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @TeamYRB, Oh child PLEASE! Before Nicki did that song with Nas you kids didn’t give AF about him.

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    jackswagger Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, DAAMMNNN!! that was cold, lmao

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  3. bitch please

    And Kim will always shit and piss on ur fav. Know this… u hoe

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    Queens Reply:

    @bitch please, no disrespect but u can’t sh!t on someone from a night club while I’m on my world tour

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    Hottest_one Reply:

    @Queens, u sound dumb…..what clubs hold 50K people in it? Kim is touring venues some of which are the same as Nicki

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    OpD2 Reply:

    @Hottest_one,keep telling your self that,what the sense touring in venues that you can’t sell out kim isn’t selling out them venues that is all fluffs to trick d-mn @ss stans like u.

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    Nexter Reply:

    @OpD2,

    Neither is Nicki mama. She in her prime with a barely gold sophomore album doing the same capacity theater venues as Kim, who been in the game 15-20, if she were as big and sellin out like u said she’d be doing stadiums like the ones Gaga, Rih Rih and Bey do it at.

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    DRAGHOES Reply:

    @bitch please, sorry..her stats don’t prove it, Nicki took the spot

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  4. Shutterbug

    Nas…you’re LOSING it.

    Why don’t you support the underground MCs from NYC and other Northeastern cities who actually CARE about hip-hop?

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  5. temisimo

    I don’t just care about what u guys say. Its what its when we nassist are always classic.@minajrules2012 u gotta be a crab ass saying jayz shit on nas while jay still respect nas. If jayz originally shit on nas definitely u gotta be having your meals in the latrine.

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  6. Redchainsaw

    If You Don’t Feed Your Pet Hamster it will eventually die, why do you guys even pay @MinajRules2012 any attention?

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, STFU your broke ass up! You can’t resist the Queen!!

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    Rassie Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, love it!

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  7. misty

    Love you Nas…

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  8. Felipe

    If Nas said so, I’m checking Meek Miller right now because of him

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  9. Wow

    I love Nas but lately, he’s been having me scratch my head in confusion as to who he’s co-signing. Not to say that A. Banks doesn’t have star power but let’s be real here. She’s very repetitive and she doesn’t really say much in her raps. Meek is the same way. Same message. Popping percocets, getting money, having sex. There’s more going on in the streets and in life than this. I grew up in the hood, I know this firsthand. I get that maybe he’s trying to make sure his album sells. But it shouldn’t be that way. I’m a little disappointed in Nas but he’s entitled to his opinion. I’m just looking for an emcee that gets back to the essence of storytelling in their rhymes and gives a voice to the people. To me A.Banks, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, and countless others don’t have that capability. And if they do, they don’t put it on display.

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    Life Reply:

    @Wow, “Come around, come around
    Let the little Bambi run it down, run it down
    Went from sippin’ Bailey’s
    Sipping champys on the isles
    Nineteen number naughty baby
    Press it on your dial
    Sex kitten honeys
    No cougars in the house
    I’mma hush the rumors and the doubt
    Came in the game with a beat and a bounce
    Never for the fame, my feet on the ground
    Cloud number nine, headed to the stars
    Maybe I ride with my mic in my bra
    Maybe I recite in the raw the appetite for life and the hunger for the more
    The island of Manhattan
    I was Born in New York, city never slumbers
    I would always dream but never sleep to the hundreds
    Cocoa want the cream in abundance
    Million dollar baby you can get it if you want it, what”

    Tell me that ain’t a narrative; sudo-Slick Rick if you ask me.

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  10. Lisa Reynolds-Brown

    Nas knows Nicki is a fake ass b^tch. End of story.

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    MinajRules2012 Reply:

    @Lisa Reynolds-Brown, Bitch you’re Fake too. Hiding behind this screen. You tired ass drag Queen, Dont ever disrespect Queen Minaj in that fashion.

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    Lisa Reynolds-Brown Reply:

    @MinajRules2012, Imma wait for you to jump off a cliff… Go ‘head… Do us a favor boo!

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    Queens Reply:

    @Lisa Reynolds-Brown, um I’m pretty sure if he didn’t like nicki he wouldn’t have cosigned her already just saying
    Plus in an interview he basically called her the queen

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    cOMEaTmEbRO Reply:

    @Queens, He didn’t call her no queen. And DUH! If I was him I would co-sign her big ass as well! HELLO! That’s more fans for him!

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  11. WTF

    Nas is co-signing anybody these days. Ask him what he thinks about Lil’ B. “Oh yeah man, he’s the truth. We gotta support young black gods man, give this generation their royalty back.” SMH.

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    um Reply:

    @WTF, Couldn’t have said it better

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    Wow Reply:

    @WTF, And that’s a fact!

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    Triniti Reply:

    @WTF, That’s real!

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    YES Reply:

    @WTF, Nas was already ask about Lil B and his response was” I have NO idea who that is.” Try again hater.

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    Dave Reply:

    @WTF, Agreed I’m losing respect for him fast.

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  12. Queens

    Nas stop cosigning people please

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  13. Anonymous

    Azealia Banks does have talent. She has a really good flow and crazy wordplay. I also found out today that this girl can sing. I heard her do the song Valerie from amy winehouse and I was shocked. Its on youtube, she has a very soulful voice. So when I hear people say that she does not have talent I look at them like they crazy.

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    Isabel Reply:

    @Anonymous, ^THIS. agree a thousand times.

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  14. Jj

    Why are people saying A. Banks sounds repetitive?? Her sound is much more different then what I been hearing, she got songs about bisexuality, being attractive to white guys, sings, raps, not over sexual… Nothing about that chick is typical or repetitive… Hip hop has never been monolithic you always had your different rapping styles it was never ALWAYS about the “streets”.stop with that shyt.. It’s about perspective, if you dont relate to what their talking about or your not entertained by it,doesn’t mean what their speaking isn’t as real as the next person.. I like that nas understands that rappers express their craft in different ways and he isn’t like these purist that want to restrict folks creativity.diversity in any genre is never a bad thing

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    YES Reply:

    @Jj, Co-sign
    This is why haters NEVER achieve their goals…they are too damn busy knocking down someone else success. Nas understands what being an artist means and he has a strong foundation of what it takes to be a success. You NEVER knock someone living their dreams because what you consider trash some else sees as treasure.

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  15. Trace

    I’m not surprised by anything these rappers say or anyone they co-sign anymore. In an era where you can get by singing about licking icing off and going to clubs only for bitches and drinks, it doesn’t take much to get a record deal anymore!

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  16. MmmHmm

    0_0

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  17. YES

    HATERS NEVER PROSPER! Nas does not need to HATE on anyone…he leaves it up to the LOSERS behind the computer screens to do that. Nas will always prosper because he shows love to new artists and he is not bitter about other peoples’ success.

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  18. Hottest_one

    Nas is doing anything for promo…..none of his singles are poplin on any charts lol

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    YES Reply:

    @Hottest_one, Nas NEVER had to rely on his singles to “pop” on any chart to have 8 platinum & 3 gold albums. Haters always try to find an angle to release their bitterness but when you spread love you get love back. Nas has a legendary career because he shows respect to his peers regardless of what the haters say.

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  19. MrSoulshock44

    no matter how legendary Nas is, he needs to stop cosigning everything and anything in the name of hip hop. both nicki minaj and azealia banks are POP, end of the story!

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  20. TheDreamer

    I respect his opinions. Azealia and Meek Mill both have potential, but for Meek i’ve only been impressed by that Amen song. I need to hear more music from Azealia.

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  21. ThatBrooklynShade

    These comments are hysterical. Nas already said Hip Hop is dead. I don’t know why he’s resurrecting and killing shit cosigning generic people all over again. Azaliea is going to sell because she’s pretty wears bright colored shit and sort of raps. But she’s not identifying as a rapper anymore, so is he really sure he wants to endorse her? It might just be me, but Amen was retarded. Nas needs to sit down somewhere. Far far in the back. You don’t endorse bullshit to keep yourself relevant. That’s called selling out.

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  22. Southern View

    Nas needs to stop. Just stop man don’t let you’r good name become a Bad one. Stop, Please just stop. Do us a favor and don’t endorse anymore. You yourself are destroying Hip-hop and what it was all about. Now it’s a fake freaky colorful gimmick.

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