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Nas + 21 Savage Settle Beef With ‘One Mic, One Gun’: Look + Listen

By collaborating on their new single “One Mic, One Gun,” it appears that Nas and 21 Savage have resolved their differences with “love, respect and unity.”

The unexpected single comes just weeks after 21 Savage questioned the Illmatic legend’s relevance during a convo with Jay-Z. “I don’t feel like he’s relevant,” stated 21 Savage about Nas.

In 21 Savage’s opinion, the remark by his fellow musician was taken out of context, with the Atlanta rapper subsequently Tweeting “I would never disrespect nas or any legend who paved the way for me y’all be tryna take stuff and run with it.”

Just over two weeks later, the duo joined forces for the HitBoy-produced “One Mic, One Gun,” a one-off single that follows Nas’ new LP King’s Disease III and 21 Savage’s Her Loss album with Drake. The release is a nod to Nas’ Stillmatic classic “One Mic” as well as 21 Savage’s own 2018 track “asmr,” where he noted, “I just need one Glock, Nas need one mic.”

During the track’s opening bars 21 Savage touches on the controversy as he raps “When you turn to legend, no such thing as relevance / They must’ve forgot that I’m a new rapper that got integrity / All of the media and blogs, that’s just a place I don’t care to be.”

Prior to the song’s release, Nas took to Instagram, writing, “Only way we moving is with love, respect and unity. The foundational principles of hip hop. Excited to collaborate with my young brother and I hope more artist use turbulent moments and turn them into a time to make new art. That’s what it’s about.”

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Author: Saul Goode

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