I Was Bingeing James Cagney Movies When Nas Explains That Voice On Who Killed It?

I Was Bingeing James Cagney Movies When Nas Explains That Voice On Who Killed It? ...

Although its premise has long since been disproven, Nas album Hip-Hop Is Dead was one of his most successful albums commercially and remains in the top half of the album in fan esteem except for one single, the 1930s gangster movie-influenced Who Killed It? While its technically a creative and innovative approach to the storytelling tracks for which Nas is well-known and loved, the song does have the Queens icon employing sarcastic, film-noir detective voice that still offends hip-hop fans to this day.

On Sunday nights episode of Desus & Mero on Showtime, the two New York natives finally confronted the rap legend to find out why he chose such an eyebrow-raising technique. Nas is a gamer; hes probably way too young in his career to be defensive about 15-year-old albums, but despite his humor, if you ask him, I wilded out. It was like a joke to record that song and then I put it on the album... It happens.

This leads to a more detailed discussion of the importance of details in Nas storytelling over the years, as well as revealing hints about Nas not having time to watch Regis And Kathy Lee in the morning. Nas' relationship with DMX, his restaurant chain Sweet Chick, and his new endeavor, a cigar brand, were also discussed during the interview.

Watch Nas' interview with Desus & Mero below.

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