Nas is widely believed to be the victor in his and Jay's clash, and to strengthen their argument, CNN pointed to a 2006 MTV News interview with both spitters, where Jigga acknowledges the Life is Good rapper as "one of the best lyricists ever."
Where Jay stopped short of declaring Nas the one, CNN saw no problem in anointing God's Son. Still Nas is quite sure that there will one day be a new MC to over take his place in the annals of rap, just as many believe he supplanted 1980s icon Rakim.
"There was never a next Rakim. There's only one Rakim, and you can compare people to me, which is a great honor to me, but those guys are really on their path to becoming great Kendricks and greater Lupes," he said. "I think it took years after Illmatic, after my first record, before people started to get used to me and started to get into what I was all about and what the Nas story was."
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