Lauryn Hill impresses with rap verse on new Nas song, refers to her ‘lateness’

Ms. Lauryn Hill appears on the track “Nobody”, from Nas’ latest album, Illness of King II

Lauryn Hill fans rejoice. On a trail of Nas’ new album, the hip-hop legend stuns with a rap verse on the song, “Nobody,” in which she raps about life, her career, and even her “retardation.”

Frequently listed as one of the greatest rappers of all time, Nas is back with King II disease, a follow-up album to his Grammy Award-winning The King’s Disease (2020). Winner of Best Rap Album at the 2021 Grammys, the album earned the rapper his first-ever Grammy, and if initial reviews for King II disease are any indication, Nas is gearing up to receive even more accolades.

Lauryn Hill performs on stage during day three of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 28, 2019 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The album contains guest verses from greats like Eminem, YG, and Charlie Wilson, but the feature that seems to stand out among fans is one of Mrs Lauryn Hill. It’s been more than two decades since the two artists collaborated on a track together. Hill appeared on Nas’ track, “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” in 1996.

In the new song King II disease, Hill closes the track with an expansive verse that catches fire on Twitter, with fans calling it “a comeback” for Hill.

The exciting feature reminds fans exactly why Hill is recognized as one of the greatest rappers. Hill talks about the current state of rap and all the talk about it in the media versus its real-life reality.

She raps, “All my time been focused on my freedom now / Why should I join ’em when I know I can beat ’em now? / They put their words on me, and they can eat them now. / That’s probably why they keep telling me I’m needed right now.


Rapper NAS speaks during the Universal Hip Hop Museum groundbreaking ceremony held at Bronx Point on May 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Fans immediately latched onto one of her cheekiest verses, in which she references being “late”. Hill gained a reputation for being consistently late to his own gigs. Hill is here to tell you that being late is simply the least of his worries.

She raps on the track, “My conscience like Keanu in The Matrix / I’m saving souls and you all complain about me being late.”

Serrano Shea, author of “The Rap Directorytweeted, “lauryn hill showed up to the nas album ready to remind everyone there’s a crown on her head.

Fans were so happy to hear Hill rapping again, with some tweeting how emotional the feature made them. One user wrote, “Nas made Lauryn Hill rap in 2021… rapping en…… my eyes watering…” Another user replied, calling the feature, “…a beautiful time for hip hop.

Other users simply celebrated the collaboration by calling them the GOATs of the genre (Greatest of all time). One account tweeted a photo of two goats and simply wrote, “Nas & Lauryn Hill on nobody.”

Listen to the fan-favorite track below:

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