Nas is officially a Grammy Award-winning rapper.
During the 2021 Grammy Premiere Ceremony, the winner for Best Rap Album was announced. Nas’ King’s Disease beat out D Smoke’s Black Habits, Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony, Freddie Gibbs, and The Alchemist’s Alfredo and Royce da 5’ 9”’s The Allegory.
King’s Disease is entirely produced by Hit-Boy and Gabriel “G Code” Zardes serves as the album’s co-executive producer. It features Big Sean, Lil Durk, Anderson. Paak, ASAP Ferg, Fivio Foreign, The Firm, and more.
Congrats Best Rap Album winner – ‘KING’S DISEASE’ @Nas ✨ #GRAMMYs
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— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 14, 2021
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— MASS APPEAL (@MassAppeal) March 14, 2021
Historically, Nas has come close to taking home the Grammy but could never manage to edge out the other nominees. He has 14 total nominations. In 1996, he was nominated for Best Rap Solo Performance for “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That).” In 1999, 2007, 2008, and 2012, he was nominated for Best Rap Album for projects I Am, Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, and Life Is Good. 2012 saw Nas getting noms for “Daughters” (Best Rap Song, Best Rap Performance) and “Cherry Wine” with the late Amy Winehouse (Best Rap/Sung Collaboration).
With 13 studio albums under his belt, Nas fans are excited about
his big win.
Hit-Boy shared a message on his Instagram after learning about the news. “I’m dedicating this year’s Grammy for best rap album to Reggie Warren from the legendary R&B group troop who sadly passed away today,” he wrote, adding, “We got more work to do.”
While Freddie Gibbs didn’t win, he was a good sport about it. “I might’ve lost today, but I’m undefeated in court!” he said.