Nas and Jay-Z Work Together

Published: 2006-01-24
In a time when rappers have become notorious for their disagreements two of the biggest rappers in the game have not only patched things up but are getting ready to work together to make some music.

In 2001 words flew between Queens rapper Nas and Brooklyn rapper Jay-Z.

But in October of last year the two did the unthinkable and put it all behind them. At a concert for radio station Power 105.1 headlined by Jay-Z, rapper and Def Jam Records President and CEO, called his set "I Declare War" and fans were expecting him to blast artists including Nas that he didn't get along with. But instead of dissing Nas, Jay-Z performed with his former rival putting to bed any rumors of their beef and forging a new friendship.

Their relationship has been solidified as the New York Times reports that Nas has now left Sony Music to sign with Jay-Z's record label Def Jam. According to MTV, "Jay-Z has agreed to have his label pay the cost of producing and marketing the albums and then divide the profits with Sony after expenses are recovered. The labels will work together to plan and execute the marketing campaigns for the records. The deal pays Nas around $3 million, including a recording budget, for each of the two albums, and has a clause providing for two additional albums for Def Jam."

Hopefully this will be just the beginning of a trend towards rappers moving away from their rivalries and concentrating on the music at hand.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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