Lonzo Ball claims Nas isn’t real hip-hop

Lonzo Ball knows how to pass, shoot, dribble, and score, but one thing he doesn’t know about is hip-hop. Strange, for a person who has a “freestyle” on YouTube with more than 2.5 million views.

On the first episode of the Ball family’s reality show, 19-year-old “Zo” had some hot takes about the rap game, which shouldn’t surprise anyone given that his dad is the reigning hot take king.

“Y’all outdated, man. Don’t nobody listen to Nas no more. Real hip-hop is Migos, Future.”

Lonzo Ball

Now Lonzo’s list isn’t terrible, but Future isn’t the second-best rapper ever. That’s more absurd than LaVar Ball saying he would beat Michael Jordan one-on-one. Future is a good rapper. Heck, he’s a great rapper; “Mask Off” might be the hardest track to come out in the past few years. Even Kim Jong Un is dancing to those flute samples. But Future’s only been rapping since 2012 when he dropped his debut album Pluto. Before that, he had…a different job. He just hasn’t been rapping long enough to be on any all-time list. Side note: Future’s one-way feud with Russell Wilson has a novelty coefficient approaching 1.00; it’s like if Gucci Mane tried to beef with Bill Nye The Science Guy (but Bill Nye would have to be dating Gucci’s baby mama).

Migos and Future definitely are real hip-hop, but people also still listen to Nas. Not only has he sold over 25 million records in his career, but Illmatic is widely considered the best hip-hop album of all time. Also, Nas starred in Belly, a timeless 90s gangster classic and a part of the Holy Trinity of low budget, rapper-inspired gangster movies that includes Shottas and Paid In Full.

Lonzo’s musical inclinations are more a product of circumstance than ignorance. He’s 19. Illmatic came out in ’94, three years before Lonzo was born. Not his fault. But if DMX makes the top five, and his last good album, objectively, was The Great Depression, which came out in ’01, when Lonzo was four, then how is Nas irrelevant?