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INDIO, CA - APRIL 12: Rappers Nas (L) and Jay-Z perform onstage during day 2 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 12, 2014 in Indio, California.
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Nas Ties Jay-Z For Most Top 10 Albums

Nas Ties Jay-Z As the Rapper With the Most Top 10 Albums in Billboard 200 History

Ex-rivals Nas and Jay-Z are celebrated as two of the most relevant and consistent MCs to arise from the 1990s.

Nas' Kings Disease III was released on November 11 and debuted at number 10 on the Billboard 200 charts with 29,000 first-week earned units. The Queensbridge MC is now tied with Jay-Z for the most top 10 albums released by a rap artist at 16. Nas' second studio album, It Was Written marked his first top ten album debuting at number one. His six number ones include I Am, Life Is Good, Untitled, Hip Hop Is Dead and The Firm: The Album.

Jay-Z currently holds the title of the most number one albums by a solo act. Nas made mention of Jay on Kings Disease III's "Thun" with the line, "No beef or rivals, they playing 'Ether' on TIDAL Brothers can do anything when they decide to,In a Range Rover, dissecting bars from 'Takeover' /Sometimes I text Hova like, 'nigga, this ain't over'."

In a recent interview with Trevor Noah, Nas spoke about his legendary feud with Jay-Z. "When I released the tracklist the other day, he released a picture with all of his Grammys," Nas said. "Shout out to him."

Nas also spoke of releasing three installments of the King's Disease series and the surprise album Magic with producer Hit-Boy. "We slipped in four albums in two years," he said. "We started the first one in 2020 when the pandemic hit, I was scared to come outside and Hit-Boy was making beats. There was nothing else to do."

Today (11/21) Nas released the official video for "Michael & Quincy" from KD III.

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