N.O.R.E. Speaks For the First Time on Squashing His Beef With Nas (Video)

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While being known as one Rap’s lighter personalities, N.O.R.E. (f/k/a Noreaga) has had his share of rifts. From Nas to Prodigy, Cormega to partner Capone, the Lefrak City, Queens MC has had cold periods with several of his closest associates. Speaking with Doggie Diamonds TV, the onetime Def Jam Records star revealed that he and Nas recently had a heartfelt reconciliation.

“It was dumb shit,” explained the Capone-N-Noreaga founder, when asked if the differences could be actually classified as “beef.” “Queens dudes can’t get along for shit!” joked N.O.R.E., likely referencing his history of differences, including many of the aforementioned affiliates. However, N.O. explained that many of Nas’ current entourage members are also close affiliates of his rhyme partner, Capone. Due to the awkwardness of this, the pair recently met while Nas was in Miami, Florida, where the MC also known as P.A.P.I. calls home.

“I ain’t gonna lie to you; it was dope. I forgot how good of friends we were,” said N.O.R.E. of his collaborative partner on “Calm Down,” “Body In The Trunk,” and others. According to N.O.R.E., a private moment between the two 1990s emerging stars would soon be public, at club Liv. The pair took the stage, and N.O.R.E. humbled himself, claiming the moment made him feel like he was “back!” “He wanted the world to see us smiling together. I thought that was honorable, as a man.”

According to Noreaga, the rift had lasted eight years, following a controversial Nas radio interview at New York City’s Power 105. The pair had experienced problems prior, in the early 2000s.

N.O.R.E. explained that the reconciliation begins with friendship, above anything else. “If me and Nas never record another record, I’d rather be his friend, that’s more important than anything else.” N.O.R.E. did however throw out the possibility of Nas appearing on an upcoming Kanye West-produced track. West worked, vocally, on N.O.’s Noreality album in 2007.

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