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Watch: Nas & Hit-Boy Relive Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones’ Legacy


Nas & Hit-Boy are slated to drop their latest music video. Premiering tonight at 8:30 P.M., the visuals for ‘Michael & Quincy’ – the fourth track on Nas’ fifteenth LP King’s Disease III – are directed by Sarah McColgan. Nas, who is considered one of the pioneers of East Coast Hip-Hop, released a teaser which remembers the legacy of Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

“I was always a Michael fan. I mean coming up in the 80s who wasn’t? From ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Thriller’ to ‘Bad’, Quincy Jones was behind it all. When you tryin’ to go for it and go far as you can go, you thinking, ‘how could I do what Quincy did?’. So, I want to salute the big homies in music and Hit-boy is a producer who came in and got it done. I was able to take it to the places that I wanted to go. It was just let’s create. Turn out Michael & Quincy did three albums together. We did three King’s Disease albums. So, it was just only right. I’m a Virgo… that’s that Virgo thing. That’s the MJ thing. He’s a Virgo. I remember seeing when Quincy Jones had all of these artists coming to do We Are the World, he had these signs which said ‘Leave Your Egos Outside’ and something like that. Hit-boy had no ego… I think it starts there. He was just ’bout work and going as far as we could go. So, big-up to the big homies in music. MJ & Q. This for me and Hit.” Nas says over the minute-long preview.

The legendary late Pop superstar Michael Jackson collaborated with Quincy Jones on three LPs – Off The Wall (1979), Thriller (1982) and Bad (1987). Nas notes that he & Hit-Boy have now collaborated on three LPs themselves similar to the 80’s duo. Notably, Nas & Hit-Boy collaborated on the former’s fourteenth LP Magic as well.

Nas released the third – and perhaps the final King’s Disease LP – earlier this month. Spanning 16 records with one bonus track, the Queens-hailing emcee’s album includes ‘Legit’, ‘Ghetto Reporter’, ‘Thun, ‘Michael & Quincy’, ‘First Time’ and more.

Notably, The LP clocks in at 52 minutes and doesn’t have any guest appearances. This is in stark contrast with Nas’ previous ‘King’s Disease’ instalments which featured guest appearances by Eminem, Lauryn Hill, Blxst, Lil Durk, A$ap Ferg, Fivio Foreign, Big Sean, Don Toliver, Charlie Wilson and more.

Listen to ‘Michael & Quincy’ ahead of the music video here if you haven’t yet.