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The discussion of Hip-Hop music is at times just as enjoyable as listening to the music. While everyone has their favorites there are some Hip-Hop debates that will never get old. Most of which usually involve Eminem or Nas, but rarely do we ever see the Rap god paired up with God’s son himself. We thought it would be cool to hear your thoughts, check out the video above and be sure to vote on the poll and comment below! we will announce your winner Oct. 18th.

P.S. here is a pretty cool video comparing both Nas and Eminem’s storytelling ability.

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  • Dev Tejwani

    Nas. all day. Illmatic is the greatest hip-hop album of all time.

  • Mike P

    While I’m with you all day Dev, Slim Shady LP completely changed the landscape of hip-hop. One major difference is that Nas basically speaks exact truth, while Em was saying some crazy shit that was made up. In terms of storytelling though, I’d say the ability is a push. Nas says it more poetically, but Eminem has a crazy vivid imagination. Tough call either way…

  • T-Know

    Nas

    The only Rapper I would ever compare to Nas is Pac, because of what they represented. Em is top 5, BUT not on Nas IeveI. C’mon?! Eminem wouldn’t even agree on this.

  • T-Know

    “I got a list, here’s the order of my list that it’s in;
    It goes, Reggie (Redman), Jay-Z, Tupac and Biggie
    Andre from Outkast, Jada, Kurupt, NAS and then me”-Eminem “Till I Collapse”

    • You Retard

      are you fucking retarded. If you consider that, then you have to consider the fact that Redman, Jada, Kurupt are before them two also. The fact that it was released back in 2002 shuts this shit off. Eminem wins by default. He’s far more complex in everything he raps about

      • yasha

        Pause did you say eminem beats nas by default. ..em is great no doubt but name one track he did that’s better than one mic

        • Fred Bey

          Stan, Rampage, Toy Soldiers, Rap God, the entire Bad / Evil album

          • Calibur X Damadlyricist

            Those are all great songs but Nas is better. Lol

          • Hoek

            Funny the songs you mention are more “white” topics, thats why Em will win this, he has more white fans and is why he sells more albums also. But lyrically and they way a story is painted in the mind i give it to Nas.

        • Raymundo Lopez

          Every single one.

  • South_Jerz

    The Greatest Rapper of All time died on March 9th!!!!! BIG.

  • Jack Frozt

    Nas. And it’s not as close as people try to make it. Listen to this compilation over again if you think different. It’s much easier to tell ah story when making sense isn’t required.

  • D’Angelo Wash

    Don’t wAnt to go black and white on this , but it has barring. Black artist have certain rules that They have to abide by or they run the risk of being ostracized by the rap community. There are very few black artist that can do what they want in the rap game. ANDRE, CEELO NAS are the only rappers that have been able to do so over there career, mainly because they are artist first and foremost, not just rappers hustling music for money. Although Em is a rapper, he has never been held to the same rules black artist have in rap. His last album was basically a punk rock album with rap on it. This allows him to reach into different genres and build a larger fan base. I say nas is better, because of this. He has not let unwritten hip hop rules stop his ability to challenge the game continuously. He, like tupac spit in third person, telling the story of others, widening his ability to story tell and bring different aspects….not just his.

    • RiFF RAFF

      WHAT THE HELL WAS PUNK ROCK ABOUT MMLP2?

      • Angelo Supreme

        The whole album was Teen Spirit, Green Day, Electro and Pop Music. It was devoid of the Hip Hop Sound that Dre Crafted on his first few Albums that helped him get in the game. His last Albums were laced with Hip Hop, but one or two Pop Song singles. Opposite this Album

        • RiFF RAFF

          …NO? MMLP2 WAS FULL OF POPPY SONGS

          • Angelo Supreme

            yeah

    • papiso

      wtf em broke barriers cause he dint give a fuk . he got sued, hated, called the worst thiing since polio. can u tell me which hip hop artist has been called the worst thing since polio. thats black privelage in hip hop.

      • Angelo Supreme

        did you read what i posted or did you just come up with a statement. Yes he has broken barriers, that is true. What I stated was in Hip Hop their is a code of things that are PC and not Pc for black MC’s. Black america holds black artist to this code. Em has been able to do wha t

  • KG

    You niggaz….I’m telling you. If Nas had half the access Eminem did to mass media marketing this wouldn’t even be a discussion. I’m almost embarassed for you guys to even put Em’s name in the same breath as Nas. Em is trash…period. If Nas made songs making fun of R&B singers like Em did with Aguliera and Britney, he would be laughed at. Em gets praise where other niggas would be made fun of. Em’s cadence or yelling, is irritating as well. Look, Nas inspired and inspired a generation of kids in the streets and still does. Tell me, where is Em’s Illmatic? Em can flow don’t get me wrong but I’m sick of this nigga getting the props vs. greats, when with all do respect he doesn’t have the catalog to back it up. I feel like this discussion is like Jay Gruden make all these excuses for Cousins, with no facts or results to back their arguement.

    • ogmakveki

      so u heard some songs from dissing pop records and assume every song in the album is trash. give just where it is due.

    • Kakanfo

      You’re literally barking mad. Em is trash? My nigga, do you even listen to music? Nas is a beast and yes he wrote Illmatic and that’s the best Hip Hop album, but in terms of consistency, he’s not on Em’s level. In terms of flow and bars, Em beats him. Metaphorically? Em beats him. Producers? Dr Dre. Over all Em beats him. It’s not up for discussion. I’m a Nas fan. Only person who beats Em is PAC or BIG. Definitely Big in terms of flow, PAC in terms of passion.

    • God

      Album sales are the facts dumbass, Em shits on NaS’s numbers, fuck your excuses about access to mass media, maybe if NaS wanted that he should have went and got it or earned it instead of having faggots like you argue his case for him years down the road when nobody gives a fuck. Numbers don’t lie, they just prove that Eminem was better at the game as a whole than NaS. Fuck breaking it up into categories, let’s look at the overall score where it actually matters. NaS was great, Eminem was greater and there is no valid argument that says otherwise so don’t even try to make some bullshit up because you’d be lying to yourself by saying anything different than what I just said.

      • Calibur X Damadlyricist

        Album sales don’t reflect whos the best. Just proves how many retarded mfs listen to hip hop now a days.

      • Tekilla

        I agree. Album sales are the only real number you can look at in a discussion like this. Everything else is just opinion and will be a neverending discussion.

    • Raymundo Lopez

      This comment belongS in the trash with this hater. Eminem is far superior in every level.

      • Calibur X Damadlyricist

        He’s superior when talking about his stepfather fuckin him in the ass? Lmao

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        ctfuuuuuuuuuuuu. i would love the explanation for that bullshit. Em far from trash, he one of the best, but, better than Nas?????? Thats blasphemy

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      Em is trash???? But. How ?

  • collegedropin

    Eminem is a great MC, but Nas made the best Hip Hop album of all Times : Illmatic . Eminem made Slim Shady LP and Infinite and then started doing another kind of music, I don’t know what they call it but I think it is not hip hop

    • Emilio Munoz

      Its not hip hop its rap its storytelling and its better then everything all the new school rappers rap about eminem is 10 times better then everyone in hip hop but ill give nas credit he great but he aint eminem and never will be

    • michaelCampbell29

      Em stopped dping “hip hop” after the Eminem Show, he still raps tho just fyi, its not a different type of music, I think u may be referring to Migos and Fetty Wap??

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      Most of it is just rap.. Even Dr. Seuss was a rapper

  • LP Woods

    I am a Eminen fan to the fullest since day one but, there is no way in the hell he is better than Nas when you have all those categories. Eminem is the best to ever rap as far as giving him a mic and let his spit, but other than that he is not better than Nas period. Nas is the greatest Emcee

    • Raymundo Lopez

      Wrong.

      • Calibur X Damadlyricist

        Right

      • Hoek

        what he says is true imo, Eminem is a great MC but kinda sticks to a certain few topics while Nas has covered a range of topics and paints the picture in your mind a little better. I guess it would come down to understanding also as Eminem would be more understandable to white folk as he uses less slang and talks on more white topics while Nas would be more understandable to blacks and talks more on black issues that many whites may not understand.

        • raman narwal

          certain FEW topics… you gotta be kidding me… -_-

          • Hoek

            nope, thats my opinion and if you dislike it you can eat a dick.

      • Brian Mcleod

        Rakim is #1 Big L close 2nd imo.

        • LittleGoomba

          Lol stop with the nostalgia dude. Nas and Em are infinitely above Rakim and Big L. Rakim and Big L are childs play.

      • MaleFiftyCent

        Stan in denial

    • Lion Jegna

      Anybody that can rap knows EMINEM can rap better than Nas,but illmatic,rocks harder 4 most black people as a complete body of work,there is always a cultural perspective that must be weighed in (even tho Eminem has more charisma )making his stage presence more pronounced, he’s an extremely eccentric, (bi-polar….schizo,moody,multiple personality sufferer )but he is the better rapper but not the better MC but only because his manic depression or other mental issues create inconsistencies in his personality which comes across in his music,to be honest black people don’t be trying to hear them weirdo lyrics that’s why they would even question who is the better rapper (IT’S THE WEIRD INCONSISTENT CONTENT )that throws people off but he is superior in flow,timing,creativity,ryme schemes,metaphors,double entandras or whatever you call that genius rap night shit,he just not holistically relatable but that don’t got shit to do with rap skills ,Yall crazy if u think Nas is any where near as skilled as Eminem as a rapper……that being said being said if I was stuck on a desert island I’d rather have illmatic (more relatable ) fuck da Bars Dat shit will bring tears to your eyes,depending on where you come from, (I’m from the hood so I relate to that shit)Eminem talks about rape,incest,mommy issues,disfunctional relationships,male stalkers if you relate to that then you might choose to jam to Dat shit,not me tho I’m good I wish he wasn’t so weird but I gone lose no sleep over it, he just fucked up in the head( but anybody with a brain knows he raps better than Nas)THIS IS A STUPID COMPARISON

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        So, u saying I don’t know rap, because I disagree?

        Well, WTF am I signed to WuTang’s Protect Ya Neck Records,
        Putting out bangers for?

        I should be following YOUR professional lead and blinding saying Eminem is better!!!!

        http://Www.NiceTryMyNigga.com

        • Lion Jegna

          U think I’m a professional, damn u on my dick

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            its called SARCASM genius… a real smart man, would have reallized i was saying you NOT a professional, again, shut yo dumb ass up.. and kill the homo shit. i only like women my nigga.. the fuck yall doin down baltimore? ctfuuuuuu

          • Lion Jegna

            Oh my bad,just making sure cuz I don’t like dick riders

          • Lion Jegna

            So your saying that I’m not a professional……. OOOOUUUUCH!!!!
            Now u done went and hurt my feelings,just when I thought I had a new weak ass irrelevant fan
            SHIIIIT!!!!……FUCK!!!!!!

        • Lion Jegna

          What da fuck are u signed to wu tang records 4,UGOD ain’t even get paid back yet

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            you cant read can you shithead? I have a distribution deal with PROTECT YA NECK RECORDS. i aint said shit aboiut that other label and i aint no slave either.. shut yo dumb ass up n go finish suckin off Mr. shady

          • Lion Jegna

            U mad ,cuz u never met Cappa

          • Lion Jegna

            That’s right explain your business situation with me,I’m listening Son,U are A BOY!!!!!! Keep explaining yourself to your POPS

          • Lion Jegna

            U don’t even know me Shorty,you should be on Protect Your Butt Records..cuz u butt hurt right now

          • Lion Jegna

            Pull your skirt down B!!!!

        • Lion Jegna

          How many records u sell my nigga,yeah…….Das what I thought

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            “How many records u sell my nigga,yeah…….Das what I thought”
            ( This is how retarded niggas converse, answer their own questions and think they did something lol.. how about u knock yourself out Mr. gangsta, then u can have a actual victim ctfu

        • Lion Jegna

          No bitch I said if u think Nas got more rap skills than em ,u must can’t rap (we can battle right now I’ll dust your little sensitive ass off real quick)I’m from West Baltimore nigga…….let’s get it on nigga…….WHERE U AT DOE?

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            “No bitch I said if u think Nas got more rap skills than em ( i know WHAT you said pussy, only bitch you know is your mother my nigga. U that far in your feelings because i didnt agree with yo simple ass comment?)
            ,u must can’t rap (we can battle right now I’ll dust your little sensitive ass off real quick)
            ( ummm no, u wont, u will have your head handed back to ya, playa.. cut all the internet thug shit out, genius)

            I’m from West Baltimore nigga…….let’s get it on nigga…….WHERE U AT DOE?

            ( Who care where u from? what that mean to me? if u trash u trash, u will just B. More trash ctfuuuuuuu.. North Philly all day nigga )

        • Lion Jegna

          Go watch dem videos I told u watch 4 I fuck u up!!!!!

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            You aint doin shit but typing online my nigga. I lose battling you period. I dont get no cool points from knockin a cripple out of his wheelchair…. #KeepItRollingBro

          • Lion Jegna

            U are a boy…..I am a MAN!!!!

        • Lion Jegna

          Matter fact we can battle on YouTube if scared to come to bmore,post the video send me the link (I’ll show you the difference between us)u gon LOSE!!!!!

          • Sean Lee Walthour

            Ctfuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! #ImagineThat

            ( question is, what do i get out of this? other than crushing a corny cat from B more? )

            oh thats right nuffin….’

            http://www.NiceTryMyNigga.com

          • Lion Jegna

            U are Scared

        • Lion Jegna

          U from Philly ,what block,bet u don’t even know Ab and dem,personally,cuz u soft

        • Lion Jegna

          AR ab betta than Nas and em put together if u disagree with that then u WEAK!!!!!!!

        • Lion Jegna

          Ur rap career is a failure BOY!!!!

      • Larry Baker

        Too much weed

    • CDGbeat$

      Nas is not the greatest MC. Can’t be the greatest when you learned from the RAP GOD himself. GOD MC RAKIM

      • Hoek

        actually Nas learnt much of what he knows about hip hop etc from Tragedy Khadafi aka Intelligent Hoodlum, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_Khadafi as well as Mobb Deep, Cormega and many others, heads sleep hard on Tragedy.

      • KnowbodyXXX

        Kool G Rap was a bigger influence on Nas than any other rapper. Everybody compared Nas’ style to his when he first came out. Frankly, Rakim was one of my favs but I never considered him the greatest MC. Kane was better.

    • bruhh

      of course you’re going to defend nas , why? because you’re black

  • Tekilla

    Nas and Em are closer than some of yall are saying. Heres the tie breaker… Nas signed with Jay Z … Em would never sign with Benzino or Ja Rule. Made his own label… Winner Eminem

    • Calibur X Damadlyricist

      That’s the tie breaker? That has nothing to do with rap! Stop mixing the business with the art. Ya fuckin hip hop up with those reckless opinions of yours.

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        Thats precisely why alot of opinions don’t matter. These Mufuckas don’t know shit about HIPHOP, all they focus on is RAP. but then wanna debate those of us who live this shit and really pay attention.

        Notice how everytime a LYRICAL debate come up, they wanna divert attention n focus on sales, labels, etc… Thanx for destroying the nail wit ur hammer.

      • Tekilla

        Hey bro… Youre taking yourself wayy too fuckin serious on a fuckin internet msg board. Obviously I was being sarcastic… The art form of not being serious. Obviously it has nothing to do with” rap”… glad you can read. “Damadlyricist?” you have lyricist in your name but cant read sarcasm. Thats fuckin hip hop up as a whole. Hahaha

        • Calibur X Damadlyricist

          Bro, lol. Your funny. I’m sorry but people actually have dumb ass opinions like that. How the fuck do you read sarcasm? You sound like somebody trying to cover up a fuck up. That shit don’t work bro. BTW are you a female or something? Why would you give yourself a name like Tekilla? You sound like a gay ass stripper. P.S nigga I wasn’t all that serious, that was just a dumb ass comment and I had to let you know.

          • Tekilla

            “P.S nigga I wasn’t all that serious, that was just a dumb ass comment and I had to let you know” I swear you just told me I sounded like someone trying to cover up a fuck up…. You mean like your hypocritical” P.S.”? If I wanted to cover up a fuck up on a msg board I WOULD JUST DELETE IT EINSTEIN. Gay ass stripper? Come up with better jokes “damadLYRICIST”. Its really dumb to call yourself a “lyricist” and cant read sarcasm and have shitty jokes. CALIBUR GO HARD IN THE TAINT!

          • Calibur X Damadlyricist

            Hey Tekilla… your taking yourself way too serious. Lol All I did was tell you that your tie breaker was fucking up hip hop. Don’t be a bitch about it. It’s true. Your so mad now, I’m sorry Tekilla. The statement remains dumb as fuck.

          • Tekilla

            Well you really suck at reading any words bc I am definitely not mad. You cant read someone being funny or sarcastic, but hey “Lyricist”, your good with me bruh.<<< (Sarcasm) Don't fuck hip hop up claiming your a "Lyricist" and your not really one. <<< (Truth)

          • Calibur X Damadlyricist

            I’m reading so much frustration right now and your sarcasm sucks ass. I know one thing I’ll rap lyrics around a bitch named Tekilla any day. Don’t fuck hip hop up by using gay ass names like Tekilla. They already forcing homosexuality into hip hop, chill my nigga. Lol

          • Tekilla

            Nahh broooo…. You reading me allllll wrong…. I aint Damad at you. Ight Calibur x Dafagggggg…. Hahaha… I dropped my jokes too 2002 so you can understand. Dont freestyle your jokes anymore… Write them hoes down and make them funny before you drop them. Get a ghost writer

          • Calibur X Damadlyricist

            Who’s laughing at your jokes??? Im done though, using too much energy with a nigga named Tekilla. Lmao

          • Calibur X Damadlyricist

            You still talking bro? Lol

    • Sean Lee Walthour

      Thats idiotic. Do you also base who pizza better between Papa Johns and Dominoes, by the store logo?

      Thats not a tie-breaker, that’s coming up wit some bullshit excuse to not put the crown where it belongs

      • Tekilla

        Its idiotic that you took what I said as something serious. Its so blatently obvious to everyone but two dudes who take internet msg boards as fact. Yall need some hobbies.

        • Calibur X Damadlyricist

          Why would u get on message boards to troll and lie? Lmao Who needs a hobby? We obviously got the same hobbies. We like to debate on who’s the best mc Eminem or Nas! Lol You shouldn’t get mad at people reactions when your trolling. Besides Lupe Fiasco better than Em. Lol

      • Lion Jegna

        SHUTUP!!!!!!

  • Chinadoll

    They are both good MC’s but they are different types of MC’s . Nas can spit and so can Em ; it’s different styles plus different times. Can’t compare the two.

    • Cee Woh

      sure you can compare

  • Calibur X Damadlyricist

    I’m sure Em would win every time considering all these white fanboys. I take nothing away from Em but nearly every white hop hop fan fav. Rapper is Em. They really support that guy. I love Em too but you have to draw the line somewhere and to say he’s better than Nas? Nah buddy…. lmao

    • Andrew Ortega

      Why does everything have to do with what color your skin is? When I put my headphones on I don’t see the color of skin they have. I listen to the message and stories they tell. Just my opinion..

      • Sean Lee Walthour

        If u dont think ur biased……

        SMH. Don’t nobody with good sense, think Em is better than NAS.

        Shows your knowledge of the culture and history when that statement is made.

        • Larry Baker

          Idiot. & yeah that’s my real name fool

        • Lion Jegna

          SHUTUP!!!!!!!

      • Joshua Chamberlain

        Simple white kids are Stans

      • Hoek

        thats why, because whites will relate to Eminems message etc because he talks on white matters, while Nas talks on black matters and many whites would not even understand, a white teen girl would understand and relate more to Em then Nas.

  • Seth

    Wow. Can’t even compare, different times different inspirations maybe flip sides to the same struggle. NAS is the man dropping gems since forever. Touches the soul of the streets especially NY. I like Eminem too, but sometimes he be on that goofy/silly shit. Most likely admired Nas too. Nice freestyles and introspective but he is no NAS, slim shady is no illmatic. Much love & respect to both.

  • Gregory Waits Jr.

    Eminem is whack. I can’t believe people fell for that commercial marketing bulls—- he was spittin. His whole style was false and Pu$$y. Eminem was a well Marketed Scheme and people let themselves be brainwashed into the idea that he was better than he was because they were going bananas about having some white guy penetrating the HIP-HOP genre, commercial white execs as well as gullible blacks that can’t feel secure with their creations until somebody white shows interest. There is no way in hell Eminem is a better MC than Nas. Nas was spittin real bars while that Eminem (who by the way is a play on M&M’s candy) was fartin in videos wearing Superman costumes exploiting the game to gimmickry. Eminem should consider sticking with producing. That’s his real strength. I’m outraged Eminem is even in the category of Greatest MC … some of y’all need your black cards revoked.

  • Kenny Rucka Jarvis

    Em is better but not by much both are in my top 5. The total package goes to em the style change, lyrics showmanship, longevity, inspiration, story telling, album sales, profit, putting others on, supreme dedication, etc. He just edges NAS out in all of these for me personally. Nas is a thug poet em is just a raw emcee. If they had to battle EM would eat Nas alive.

    • Joshua Chamberlain

      How can Em be better when Em got his style off of NAS shut up!

      • Ashton

        Em is way better than nas rboy.

        • Joshua Chamberlain

          Tell that to Em, he would disagree, beside Em Stan’s opinions are worthless!

  • Raj

    Nas is a great lyricist, absolutely. Really brilliant. But he’s so monotone. Little dimension. Eminem takes storytelling to another level, multi-dimensional…so many characters, swinging back & forth between personalities….darkness to humour to everything. He’s like watching all sorts of films. Nas is one style, one style….like one genre of film. That’s it. He’s awesome, but his delivery is short of Eminem’s.

  • Sebastian Zhakata

    are the the best Nas songs you could get

  • Doniel

    Nas is the conceptual side of 2pac with more intricate lyrical pattern. Eminem is the technical side of Biggie with far more dangerously critical lyrical pattern. Nas has more story tellers. Eminem has extreme rhyme scheme un matched to any rappers dead or alive. Nas falls short with multiple flows unlike Eminem who has tried so many various flows. Both are good emcess but Em is a little ahead of Nas in the race. But I like 2pac better. 😀

  • Charles

    Storytelling hands down goes to Nas, the picture he is able to create in a person’s mind with his words is absolutely phenomenal, Em can do it too, but Nas is just better at it due to the fact, there is more of a “gangster” lifestyle which kinda the hip hop music is based upon or around for inspiration say Detroit or Missouri where em grew up. But lyrically and creativity goes to Em, don’t get me wrong Nas is lyrically gifted as well, but the way Em creates his bars and words everything is something everyone admires and wish they could do, but just simply can’t. In my opinion this is a tie, but I’m sick and tired of everyone comparing Em vs. whoever, if you put Eminem against everyone, then why don’t you just say he is the greatest? Instead of putting him against all these artists, every single time these debates come up, it’s always Eminem vs. Pac, Eminem vs. Jay Z, Eminem vs. Biggie, Eminem vs. whoever…all these debates have one thing in common, Eminem…if we are holding the gold standard at Eminem just give him the title already of the GOAT

    • Cee Woh

      best comment I’ve read

  • Josh Harris

    Honestly, I CANNOT choose one over the other based on the criteria in this poll. Each has an edge in different categories. I did an honest evaluation and came out with a tie. My bias says Nas based on preference, but my honest evaluation says tie. Flow is too broad, the criteria they have listed there is too broad. When comparing two heavy hitters like this u needa go into much greater detail.

  • KnowbodyXXX

    Nas was afraid to do a song with Em which is unfortunate because I always thought Nas was better.

  • ShortDogg

    Nas is the Greatest of all time. It cannot put that trash versus Nas rhymes. Are you guys sick in the membrane… Nas all day and everyday…