MTV News recently sat down with Nas who spoke on some of his current favorite artists in hip-hop.
"Nicki Minaj, Drake, Ross and Kanye just came to just kill it off," Nas told MTV. "You know, they did they thing. They kept this thing alive."
When asked how he felt about Mr. West citing him as a major musical influence, the veteran rapper returned with his own words of endearment.
"Man, you know, if that’s not happening then I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. I know what I did," Nas said with confidence. "People like Kanye is brilliant, so when Kanye is out there doing his thing, he’s entertaining all audiences and he’s keeping it hip-hop at the same time. Nobody does that but him."