On Monday (Nov. 14), the Floridian rapper took to social media to blast 21 for his appraisal of the Queens legend, defending Nas’ standing and influence in the culture.
“[21 Savage] Talking about, ‘Oh, Nas irrelevant,’” the “Super Gremlins” rapper said in a clip addressing the matter. How the f**k Nas irrelevant, h*e?” Kodak Black asked. “How the f**k Nas ain’t relevant, homie? Ni**a smoking dick! Did a f**king Drake [album]. We salute Drake, we love Drake, okay, whatever.”
Kodak then continued to shower praise on the 49-year-old rap legend, reciting lyrics from his 2002 single “I Can” while continuing to voice his befuddlement over the Atlanta spitter’s comments. “Nas that ni**a, homie. I know I can (I know I can) / Be what I wanna be (Be what I wanna be) / If I work hard at it (If I work hard at it) / I’ll be where I wanna be. You crazy, boy! The f**k? Nas that boy. Homie, you tripping. Nas that ni**a, boy, you tripping, boy. The f**k?”
A longtime fan of the Queens native, the 25-year-old admitted to taking 21’s stance on Nas’ relevance personally, noting that the “A Lot” rapper’s comments were unprompted and unwarranted. “A ni**a f**ked up about Nas. I love that boy, homie. I ain’t saying ni**as ain’t lit or whatever and they on they real. Nas wasn’t bothering you, boy. I wasn’t bothering you, ni**a.”
Kodak’s verbal attack on 21 Savage came hours after audio of the chart-topping lyricist sharing his thoughts on Nas’ current status, in terms of his buzz factor and overall popularity. “I don’t feel like he’s relevant,” the 30-year-old said on Clubhouse. “I don’t feel like Nas is relevant. He’s not relevant, he just has a loyal ass fan base. He just has a loyal fan base and he still makes good-ass music. But relevant?”
21 Savage would later clarify his remarks, stating that he didn’t mean for his comments to be taken in a disrespectful manner. “I would never disrespect nas or any legend who paved the way for me y’all be tryna take stuff and run with it,” the Grammy Award-winning rapper wrote on Twitter later that day.
In addition to Kodak, Nas’ brother Jungle has also spoken out in defense of Esco, as well as a number of rap fans and artists on social media and elsewhere. Nas, who is currently dealing with the recent burglary of his Calabasas home, has yet to issue a response to 21 Savage.