Nas has now earned the first Grammy Award of his career. Winning the Best Rap Album category for his twelfth project, “King’s Disease.” Athough he solidified his position in the rap industry decades ago.
Since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, “Illmatic” in 1994, Nas has been renowned as one of the world’s greatest lyricists. In 2015, Billboard featured the New York MC on its “10 Best Rappers of All Time” list. After a total of twelve albums and fourteen Grammy nominations on Sunday night, he was honored with the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album for his twelfth project, “King’s Disease.”
The Hit-Boy-produced album was up against some solid competition. Jay Electronica’s “A Written Testimony,” “Black Habits,” by D Smoke, Freddie Gibbs, and The Alchemist’s collab album “Alfredo” and Royce da 5′ 9″ “The Allegory” were all contenders for Best Rap Album.
“King’s Disease” was released in August and debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 with nearly 47,000 total album-equivalent units moved in its first week. However, despite a strong debut, “Spicy,” which featured ASAP Ferg and Fivio Foreign, was the album’s only charting single, coming in at No. 96.
While Nas has yet to react to his win, Hit-Boy posted a touching video to his Instagram that showed the moment when he found that the two had won a Grammy for the album. In the clip, the renowned producer becomes emotional as friend and collaborator Big Sean consoles and congratulates him. In the caption, he revealed that he is dedicating his big win to Reggie Warren of the 90’s R&B group Troop, who passed away on Sunday at his California home