Nas & 21 Savage Releases New Song “One Mic, One Gun” - WhatsOnRap

Nas and 21 Savage surprise fans with "One Mic One Gun" single produced by hitboy

Nas and 21 Savage have collaborated on a new song in response to the Slaughter Gang rapper's contentious remarks concerning Nas' relevance.

"One Mic, One Gun," which was released late Tuesday (November 29), sees the two Grammy-winning MCs putting on a public display of solidarity while bridging a greater generational gap within Hip Hop.

Nas and 21 weaves a two-man weave from Queensbridge to Atlanta over bouncy, victorious music via Hit-Boy, swapping complementing rhymes throughout the almost three-minute-long tune.

A penitent 21 Savage begins by retracting his previous remarks about Nas, declaring, "When you turn a legend, there is no such thing as relevance."

The Her Loss hitmaker goes on to refer to himself and Nas as "the Capo" and "the Don," respectively and expresses his desire to follow in Esco's footsteps as an artist and businessman.

“My net worth like eight-figures, I’m working on getting me nine,” he raps, before adding: “I ain’t going against no legend, n-gga, I’m trying to be next in line.”

Moreover, Nas assures fans of his standing as a G.O.A.T. in the rap game while highlighting some of his recent triumphs, like the N.Y. State of Mind Tour with Wu-Tang Clan and the King's Disease trilogy with Hit-Boy.
Elsewhere, he encourages 21 Savage and Kodak Black, who have been feuding in recent weeks over 21's statements on Nas' significance and a prospective Verzuz duel, to heal wounds before finishing the track with the words: "Two kings... We're sending our love to the whole culture... 21, Esco… Slaughter Gang, Mass Appeal... This shit too easy, king."

"One Mic, One Gun" was revealed just hours before its release, with Nas expressing the cover art and the following message on Instagram:

 “Only way we moving is with love, respect and unity. The foundational principles of hip hop. Excited to collaborate with my young brother and I hope more artist use turbulent moments and turn them into a time to make new art. That’s what it’s about.”

 The music came after 21 Savage questioned Nas' relevance in today's rap environment during a Clubhouse conversation shortly after the Queensbridge MC's newest album King's Disease 3 was released.

Following the release of "One Mic, One Gun," Hit-Boy uploaded an Instagram video showing Nas' first response to hearing the track in the studio. In the video, an enraged Nas yells "hold up!" before telling the camera, "I think we're going to kidnap the rap game for a little while."

"A few days after KD3 dropped, Nas called me and said, 'cook a joint for me and 21,'" Hit explained in the caption. "This was his reaction when he first heard the beat."