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Rakim, Nas to collaborate
Nas was once called the second coming of Rakim. And although he hasn't consistently lived up to that hype, there's no question he's joined the ranks of living legends. Now, hip-hop fans will be able to hear Nas and Rakim trade verses on the same track. While sitting down together for an interview with MTV last week, Rakim stopped the proceedings to address the issue. "I'mma ask a question," Rakim said to Nas. "Me and Nas, we've been talking about this for a long time. Our people around us been talking about it and the whole world, but it's about time, man. We gotta do a joint together, man. We gotta do a joint. I'm working on my sh-- now, I know you working on yours, I got some things in my mind. If it's both, that's even better. Let's think about that in the next few weeks." Nas didn't hesitate to respond. "Yeah dog, that's done," he said. Rakim, realizing the significance of the news, turned back to the interview at hand and said, "MTV, you got it first... I just wanted to get that out of the way, because it's a long time coming." Rakim also took some time to talk about his upcoming album, The Seventh Seal, which he hopes to release on his own independent label. "I just wanted to feel free with the way I like doing what I do," he said. "It's hard to do an album where Rakim is pleased, the label is pleased and the world is pleased. I figured I could do it because I know what the world wants. Hopefully I'll be able to give it to them." Nas is also in the studio working on his first Def Jam release. Latest news...

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