Days after Dipset and The LOX faced off in front of a multitude of hip hop fans, music lovers are celebrating another New Yorker: Nasir Jones. On Friday (Aug. 6), the Queens native released the sequel to his Grammy award-winning album King’s Disease and quickly garnered praise for the new project. Among the critical acclaim was an onslaught of reactions to Lauryn Hill’s feature on “Nobody,” the ninth song on the project.
“Nas & Lauryn Hill reunited on a track is all I need to start things off on this fine Friday,” one user wrote.
A second person wrote, “Nas Really went and Got Lauryn Hill to Bless his New Album with A Fire Collaboration, and Sis Hopped on the Track Rapping and Flowing Exactly how she left off sound wise on the Miseducation of Lauryn [Hill] with A 2021 Production. Queen STILL got her Iconic FLOW Delivery in 2021.”
Perhaps the most talked about lyric was one that addressed years of jokes/complaints about her tardiness. “My awareness like Keanu in ‘The Matrix,’” Ms. Hill raps. “I’m saving souls and y’all complaining about my lateness.” The bar was quoted multiple times since the song’s release at midnight.
Other tweets praised Nas for his longevity in the rap game, and applauded the rapper and Hit-Boy for another project filled with quality production and lyricism.
“I need Nas to never leave Hit-Boy out of his sight, they got the chemistry on lock,” a fan of King’s Disease II penned in a tweet.
“King’s Disease was like Nas & Hit-Boy making a good playoff run, but KD 2 feels like a Championship Parade,” added another supporter. “Their chemistry is refined and the final product is better than I ever expected.”
Nas and Lauryn’s “Nobody” marks their musical reunion following Escobar’s 1996 hit “If I Ruled the World.” The song peaked at No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance back in 1997.
See reactions to Nas’ King’s Disease II below.