By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
After releasing “Let Nas Down” about disappointing his hero, J. Cole had the opportunity to ask Nas any question he wanted in the upcoming issue of Vibe. Cole and Nas share one of the magazine’s 20th anniversary covers and in the sit-down, the younger rapper asked Nas questions that he’s always wanted an answer for.
Cole asked if there were any alternate versions of Nas’ 2001 Jay-Z diss “Ether” and why haven’t they leaked. “Do they exist or are they gone?” he asked. Nas, who has since reconciled with Jay, took the high road and refused to respond. “You know what’s crazy? I never think about that song, I don’t know the rhymes to that song, it’s blank. I’d rather not talk about that one.”
Cole then asked Nas why he didn’t attend the funeral of the late Notorious B.I.G. in 1997. “Was that on purpose, you wasn’t in town or you just couldn’t bring yourself to go. Or was there another reason?”
Interestingly, Nas admitted that he didn’t want to be a part of the scene with so many fans and other celebrities and he wanted to remember his friend privately. “Man, me and Biggie were the biggest artists in New York. When he passed, I was so messed up. My attitude was messed up about him dying. There was an East-West thing back then, and I was in war mode. My attitude, my disposition, it wasn’t good to be around people, especially at a funeral for somebody I cared so much about. I paid my respects from home, man. Sent my prayers, and I didn’t wanna deal with the fanaticism of the sensationalized hip-hop superstar funeral.”
The Life Is Good rapper then added, ” I couldn’t deal with that. I miss my brother to this day. I always think about what he’d be like, what he’d sound like to this day. I just couldn’t do it.”