In a sit-down with Desus and Mero on their hiatus-ending episode on Sunday, Nas spoke on his latest project King’s Disease II as well as a few special moments he shared with the late DMX.
“That was a great time man,” Nas said of his time working alongside the “Party Up” MC on the 1998 film Belly, which the Bodega Boys have shouted out countless times. “’Cause to come from music and go to Times Square to the premiere and see our names on the marquee—you know, growing up in New York, Times Square, 42nd Street was like the truth. Today it’s Disney World, but back then it was crazy. So to see my name there, that was like, ‘Aight I could quit doing everything now. I did it all.’”
Nas added that he formed a “brotherhood” with DMX during their time together on Belly. “I didn’t have to see him, I didn’t have to call him, he didn’t have to call me,” Nas said. “When we saw each other though, it was...beyond. Even working on the film man, we cried, man. We was at the tunnel outside doing a scene and I was like, ‘You feel that bro? You know what’s happening?’ And he was like ‘yeah,’ and he started talking to me and he started crying, and then I’m crying.”