Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free, Mary J. Blige, attended Nas 50th birthday party.
Videos from the night show guests enjoying the festivities and taking photo-ops. Those who weren’t able to attend, like Snoop Dogg, DJ Khaled and Swizz Beatz, sent birthday wishes to Escobar via social media.
“Bless up, my brother Nas. Nasir. Nas. Escobar,” Khaled said to his “Sorry Not Sorry” collaborator. “Nas season every year. Every year’s our season. Brother, happy birthday. Remember, it’s your birthday every second, every day, every breath. But yes, we gotta bless you on your birthday. Congratulations on your blessings. Keep inspiring all of us… Thank you for what you’ve done for me; thank you for what you’ve done for hip-hop. Speaking of hip-hop, 50 years of hip-hop and you turning 50? Come on, it was written.”
Hip-hop elites hit the town for Nas’ 50th birthday. On Thursday night (September 15), the Queensbridge emcee hosted a New York City event attended by top music artists and entertainment power players including Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, Styles P, DJ Premier, AZ, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Raekwon, The Roots, N.O.R.E, Big Hit, Hit-Boy, and more. Also that evening, Nas and Hit-Boy released their final collaboration album, the third and last installment of their Magic series.
What’s more is that the release of Magic 3, paired with the former TDE artist’s visit, makes for a compelling torch pass. After all, the album is part of the same collaborative history between Nas and Hit-Boy that gave their flowers to Kendrick Lamar on King’s Disease III. Specifically, on the track “First Time,” the “Michael & Quincy” spitter recalled listening to Kendrick for the first time. “Since when did rap leave me so suspended in air? Since Kendrick entered the atmosphere, ’09, I was there,” he rapped on the cut. “On La Cienega, my n***a from L.A. said there’s a n***a from Black Hippy, I was happy to just witness history.”
Furthermore, Kendrick Lamar pulled up to Nas’ birthday celebrations, and a clip surfaced of the two of them, plus Hit-Boy (a Kendrick collaborator), having a moment. While we can’t hear what was exchanged verbally between them, we can only imagine it was all love. Surely there were other rap legends in attendance, but this made for a particularly full-circle moment. The now-50-year-old sowed many seeds in the game, and the Compton lyricist owes a lot to him in particular alongside few other MCs at his level.