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MasterClass, a platform that offers online classes for students of all skill levels, boasts that their instructors are “the best in the world.” And so it made perfect sense for them to link up with Nas, one of the greatest rappers ever, and give him a class on hip-hop storytelling that will take place on October 14.e.
Today’s news comes with a new Hit-Boy-produced single called “Big Nas” (Original Song from MasterClass)” as well as a Ben Dean-directed music video for the song. Next week, Nas MasterClass registrants will explore the conception of the song. song through 12 video lessons, including “Writing an Original Rap Song” and “Recording an Original Rap Song,” telling Complex that he broke down the lessons “how I’d like to receive it from an artist,” revealing that “each piece give you more of my life.”
“Nas shares his philosophy as a lyricist and describes how he used his life experiences and emotions to create incredibly raw yet cinematic lyrics with a message to inspire MasterClass members to do the same,” a press release reads.
Even people who don’t want to learn to rhyme might be intrigued to experience the creative process of an all-time great. At age 17, Nas was a phenomenon credited with elevating MCing’s craft in the early ’90s. And at 48, he’s a rap veteran showing the 40+ crowd how to age gracefully in the rap game. No one else has this much experience, making this MasterClass more than just a series of lessons. It is a historical document.
Complex spoke to Nas and Hit-Boy about MasterClass, their chemistry that shone on it disease of the king albums and some of their highlights for 2021. The interview, slightly edited and abbreviated for clarity, is below.