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Nas wins his first Grammy for ‘King’s Disease’

The project was a full-on collaborative effort with Hit-Boy.

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Shannon Brown

Which it comes to Nas’ many achievements, it’s pretty crazy that earning a Grammy award isn’t one of them — until now. Today, the Queensbridge legend has scored him one for Best Rap Album, with his latest studio album King’s Disease besting D Smoke’s Black Habits, Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony, Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist’s Alfredo, and Royce da 5’9”’s The Allegory.

King’s Disease was Nas’ thirteenth studio album and first collaborative effort alongside Hit-Boy, and saw 13 tracks with additional appearances from Charlie Wilson, Don Toliver, Lil Durk, Anderson .Paak, Fivio Foreign, A$AP Ferg, and fellow Firm alumni Foxy Brown, Dr. Dre, AZ, and Cormega, among others. The album was a moderate success for the NYC-to-Los Angeles connection, landing at the number five spot thanks to 47,000 album equivalent units sold during its first week of release.

Upon realization of his win via Big Sean, Hit-Boy took to Instagram to express his appreciation and pay tribute to a pioneer who recently transitioned:

“Bittersweet moment for me. I’m dedicating this years Grammy for best rap album to Reggie Warren from the legendary R&B group troop who sadly passed away today ... I love my brothers Nas and Big Sean. We got more work to do ... KINGS DISEASE!!!”

Prior to being a Grammy award recipient, Nas had been nominated a whopping 14 times — the first being for Best Rap Solo Performance in 1996 via his Lauryn Hill collaboration “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That).” Notably, his eleventh studio LP, Life Is Good, received a nomination back in 2012.

In related news, a dressed to the nines Freddie Gibbs responded to his loss of the aforementioned award in humorous fashion:

“Look, I might’ve lost today, but I’m undefeated in court!”

For those looking for a refresher, press play on NasKing’s Disease here.

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