Produced by: J. Cole, Nate Jones
Label: Dreamville, Roc Nation, Columbia, Sony Music
“Let Nas Down” off of J. Cole’s Born Sinner was refreshing. It was refreshing to see a rapper be that candid in a song and even more so to see J. Cole flex the storytelling abilities that make him a special rapper. Skills that, as he should, says are inspired by Nas, one of the best storytellers ever. Why does this remix deserve a place on a list that is filled with so many of Nas’ own classics? Because he does about a million of the things he does best all at once.
In one verse, Nas gives us a window into the many stages of and motivations behind his 20 year career while executing the word play that made that career so excellent. Plus he gives J. Cole the advice that the original song cried out for. He absolutely bodied J. Cole, in the most respectful way possible, and Cole is most likely ecstatic about that. 20 plus years into his career, and just about 40 into his life, Nas gifted us with a look back on what made him who he is. It’s the best summary of Nas’ career ever written, and of course Nas wrote it.