Nas on Women In Hip-Hop, His Favorite Up-and-Coming Artists & More | R&B Hip-Hop Power Players Live 2023

Nas shares his thoughts on female trailblazers such as Queen Latifah, Roxanne Shanté, MC Lyte and the up-and-coming female artists he thinks are the ones to watch.

I can’t believe I’m here. Fifty calling in 50 years. I’m just happy to be here to witness it as a fan, to be honored. It’s like, “No, it’s no joke to me.” It’s like, “Wow is this real?”

I remember they were acts like Latifah, Shanté and MC Light. What does it feel like to be in a male dominated rap game and how come female rappers are not happening? Just you guys. They held it down strong. It took years, but it’s just their time. They’re not going to be held back — it’s their strength, it’s their power, it’s their talent, it’s their beauty. It’s everything wrapped in one that’s just supposed to dominate right now.

Coming up, there’s Latto, Ice Spice, Coco Jones. Then there’s a few others you know that I like.

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