Stephen A. Smith Thinks Eminem Is a Better Rapper Than Nas: ‘He Gives It to You Simple and Plain

Smith felt Em has the edge over Esco due to his consistency.

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Stephen A. Smith has chosen Eminem over Nas as the better rapper (in his opinion). 

During a conversation on an episode of the Connect The Dots podcast, the sports journalist was tasked with picking who was the better rapper between Eminem and Nas. According to Smith, Slim Shady has the edge over Esco over how much more consistent his greatness is. 

"I think Eminem is one of the greatest ever. I also think Nas is one of the greatest ever," Stephen A said. "Nas' lyrics are off the chain, but it requires more street knowledge and just more of a comprehension of the verbiage to really dissect, whereas with Eminem...he gives it to you simple and plain. I'm going to have to say as much as I love Nas, and I do love Nas, I have to give the edge to Eminem."

Smith added that Nas's "best of" catalog is better than Em's, saying, "Now the best of Nas is better than the best of Eminem, but Eminem's there's more consistency to his greatness as opposed to Nas is what I'm trying to say which is why I have to give the edge."

Stephen A. Smith said he's taking Eminem over Nas cuz of consistency

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The First Take host usually gives his thoughts on various topics, such as the NBA All-Star game. In last month's game, Smith was very critical of players' lackluster effort in the superstar matchup.

"What transpired last night was an absolute travesty," Smith said. "Nearly 400 points scored. No defense, no effort whatsoever. This is the ultimate indictment against NBA stars who show up for All-Star weekend. You play harder in the summer when you're training."

He continued, "Nobody's asking you to compete like you're going up in a playoff game or even a regular season game. That is not hard. The fact that you would go out and flagrantly show such a lack of effort on the defensive side of the ball in any capacity is just a travesty."

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