Song of the Day: May 3, 2017

Nas responds J. Cole with a remix to the apologetic “Let Nas Down” with “Made Nas Proud.”

As J. Cole began to make a name for himself in the hip hop industry, fans and other artists noticed his well-delivered potential to make conscious tracks with solid 90’s-style lyricism. In a time like the early 2010’s, when the trap genre started to become more popular, Cole was making a name for himself by being unique and standing out of his competition.

Even Nas, a hip hop legend, became a fan after noticing the potential. However, this opinion quickly changed when he heard J. Cole’s hit “Workout,” a radio-type track that diverged the rapper away from his usual style.

After hitting top charts with the track and becoming more well known, a young Jermaine (reasonably) thought he had gained the respect of his idols looking down on him. However, that was sadly not the case after Cole was told of Nas’ harsh reaction to the track.

Nas, who claimed he used to be a fan, hated the track and was immensely disappointed. This crushed Cole’s soul and left him devastated. His response was to write “Let Nas Down,” a track that made its first appearance on Cole’s second studio album, Born Sinner (2013).

Told me Nas heard your single and he hate that shit
Said, “You the one, yo, why you make that shit?”
I can’t believe I let Nas down
Damn, my heart sunk to my stomach

Throughout the track, J. apologizes to his idol, claiming that he thought that’s what he had to do in order to beat the game and that other legends like Jay Z and even Nas himself have dropped radio hits as well.

A few short weeks later, Nas responds by remixing the track and calling it “Made Nas Proud,” which personally made me tear up and get the chills, especially when he says,

Now I’m playing Born Sinner loud, saw you live, rock the crowd
Like wow, you made your nigga Nas proud

Nas goes to spend the rest of the verse giving Cole advice and talking about how tough it was to put himself on the hip hop map coming out on the ruthless Queensbridge, NY.

Despite the remix only having one verse, it still has the power to deeply move those who understand the story. After hearing J. Cole’s heart-felt pain in “Let Nas Down” it was amazing thing to hear Nas responding him with “Made Nas Proud.”


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