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2019 Essence Festival - Day 2

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It’s many artists’ dream to work with the legends before and of their time. Artists like Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, and James Brown were highly sought after in efforts to collaborate.

Nas was one of those wishing to collaborate with a legend. In an interview with Drink Champs, Nas expressed that he had wishes to work with Prince on his most recent album, The Lost Tapes 2. 

During his sit down Nas says “I sought him, because he came to my I Am release party,” I pulled a N.O.R.E. move, I said, ‘Yo, look man, let’s do this. Let’s do this song.’ And he [Prince] was like, ‘Do you own your masters?… But he blew my sh*t, because I was like, ‘I don’t, and I’m far from it, ’cause I owe this label like four, five albums. So I was like, ‘Damn.'”

Nas not owning his own masters turned out to be the only thing that would stand between him and what would’ve been an iconic feature.

Prince likely wanted to know if Nas owned his own masters because Prince came to own his entire catalogue of music in 2014 after purchasing them from Warner Bros. Prince and Warner Bros. had an ugly and public separation in 1996 when the singer turned his name to a symbol in what appeared to be a rebellion.

Nas covers a wide array of topics in his one-hour, nine- minute interview with Drink Club with Revolt TV.