Ever Hear This 1996 Nas & Cormega Cypher? (Audio)

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Nas and Cormega have been linked for more than 20 years, ever since Nasir shouted out Mega on Illmatic‘sOne Love” in 1994. Although the two would go on to have a rift that was eventually resolved, their microphone alchemy was always undeniable. This was, perhaps, never more apparent than in a 1996 cypher between the two on Funkmaster Flex’s Hot 97 show.

During the session, that was set to Keni Burke’s classic “Risin’ to the Top,” Nas and Cormega trade bars seamlessly. Fans will no doubt recognize Nas’ lyrics from certain It Was Written songs like “The Message” and “Silent Murder,” while quite a bit of Mega’s verses were off the top. Their chemistry is strong enough to make Heads wonder what a full collabo album between the two would have sounded like. Take a listen.

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