How Did One Of New York’s Most Ruthless Rappers Grow To Be Hip-Hop’s Voice Of Reason?

Cormega has something to say.

Without having the actual statistical data to back this up, it sure feels like the Queensbridge Housing Projects in New York have produced more hip-hop talent per square mile than any other neighborhood in the world.

The 3,142-unit complex has birthed celebrated rap talent such as Nas, Mobb Deep, C-N-N, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Craig G, Tragedy, Roxanne Shante and Cormega, a rap veteran who released his seventh solo LP, Mega Philosophy, on Tuesday.

Mega Philosophy is a collaborative project between Cormega and iconic hip-hop producer Large Professor, who made every beat on the album. As a body of work, the LP signifies growth for Mega, who rap fans first became aware of after Nas shouted him out 20 years ago on “One Love,” a track off of his classic debut Illmatic.

When Nas recorded “One Love,” Mega was serving a prison sentence on armed robbery charges. When he was released from, prison he joined the Firm, a short-lived rap group which included Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature, who joined later on.

“The shout-out immortalized it. To be honest with you, there’s been times when people were like, ’Oh sh–, Cormega’s a real person’,” he told MTV News on Thursday.

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