Went from Nasty Nas to Esco's trash
Nas used to bill himself as “Nasty Nas” as part of the “gangster” craze set off on the East Coast by Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.
He took the nickname Nas Escobar — modeled after actual Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. It was quite common for rappers to adopt gangster nicknames in this era, and indeed was a requirement for appearing on OB4CL.
Nevertheless, Jay Z criticizes this as a wannabe move.
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