Nas Addresses Pete Rock Lawsuit & MC Serch Catalog Sale | HipHopDX

U.S has used his latest album to address a host of controversies from his past, including a lawsuit from Pete Rock and the sale of some of his catalog by MC Serch.

On it The King’s Disease III track “30”, the Queensbridge MC gives his first response to Pete Rocks planned Ilmatic lawsuit. In January, the legendary producer revealed plans to sue Nas for unpaid royalties from the rapper’s groundbreaking debut album.

“30” hears Nas express how surprised he was by the legal action, rapping, “I wonder why Pete Rock would act like that/ That type of behavior makes me rap right away.”

Although it’s unclear whether he went ahead with the planned lawsuit, Pete Rock initially claimed he was never paid his share of the royalties for the classic single, “The World Is Yours.”

He and his lawyers claimed that despite a contract that the producer would get a share of the money earned from the track, and Pete Rock being cut out of millions in royalties, their attempts to resolve the issue have yielded no response from Nas and his team.

“Nas and his people have stoned me since 1994; my new year’s resolution is to be compensated for my hard work Ilmatic” Pete Rock said at the time.

“The World Is Yours” was the only one Ilmatic track to receive a gold record from the Recording Industry Association of America. Pete Rock produced and received songwriting credit for the song, which has since been sampled by the likes of JAY-Z, Eminem, Rick Ross, Lil Wayneand the late Mac Miller.

“30” — which on its hook refers to the “30 summers” that have passed since Nas’ debut single “Halftime” — is one of several instances on The King’s Disease III where Nas casually alludes to rumors and controversial moments that have been a topic of discussion in his career.

The track also includes a vague confirmation that fans can see him deliver one collaborative project with DJ Premier. Word of a Nas and DJ Premier album got around after the two said friends would do so during an interview with Scratch in 2007.

Years would pass and nothing materialized apart from Preemo promising it would come out in various interviews.

Elsewhere on The King’s Disease IIIthe song “Thun” — a nod to Queens, New York slang popularized by the late Prodigy from Mobb Deep — hears Nas turn his attention to him bitter conflict with JAY-Z and wonders how far they have come, he admits sometimes texts Hov joking about how their rivalry is “not over.”

Near the end of the 17-track album, Nas drops MC Serch with a line that seems to indicate he bears no ill will toward his former manager’s recent decision to sell its rights to Ilmatic and It was written.

Peace to MC Serch, how much is the catalog worth?/ I made it so many can have a piece of what I earn/ Push it to the max, now it’s max return,” Nas spits on “WTF SMH.”

Serch, who helped Nas land his deal with Columbia Records, served as executive producer on Nas’ first two albums, which arrived in 1994 and 1996, respectively.

While they arrived decades before Nas would win his first Grammyboth albums marked career milestones for the Queensbridge MC. Ilmatic remains one of the most celebrated debuts in Hip Hop and holds the distinction of being one of the only rap albums included in the Library Of Congress.

Nas will perform the ‘King’s Disease’ trilogy at the special New York show

The King’s Disease III marks the fourth collaboration between Nas and award-winning producer Hit-Boy. It also concludes a trilogy that began in 2020 with the album that would earn the prolific MC his first Grammy Award in 2021.

The King’s Disease and The King’s Disease II was bolstered by high-profile features, including a reunion with AZ, Cormega and Foxy brown as The company at “Full Circle” on the first victim; and Lauryn Hill’s performance of “Nobody” on the sequel.

The latest album, however, finds Nas delivering every bar unaided.

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