Jay-Z has been paid the highest compliment from his one-time rival Nas, who described him as the "saviour" of hip-hop.
Speaking to Hot 97, the Queensbridge emcee pointed to Hov's business acumen and respect for hip-hop's past as a driving force behind the culture's sustained popularity.
But what do you think?
Is Jay-Z hip-hop's saviour? Or do you think there are other emcees doing more to keep rap on top while Jay-Z focuses on becoming a mainstream entertainment brand?
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Beyonce Looks Bootylicious On Night Out With Jay-Z & Michelle Obama...
Beyonce enjoys night out in NYC with Jay-Z and Michelle Obama. (Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com)