Yes Jay Z and Alicia Keys did a great job on the commercialized song Empire State of Mind; but we cannot forget that at only 19 years old, Nas released the gritty N.Y. York State of Mind on the Illmatic Album. This song had no cameo, no hype, no bs, it was direct and came correct. Nas was asked to do a cameo on Jay Z's version, but had to decline due to personal issues. Oh well, the classic remains and Nas lyrics ring true..."No idea's original, there's nothing new under the sun, It's never what you do, but how it's done."
On another Nas note, Damian Marley & Nas have been busy bees in the honey comb hideout, making some seriously sweet music. Their new LP Distant Relatives is set to drop on April 20, 2010.