In an interview with the I Am Athlete podcast, which premiered on YouTube on Monday (Oct. 25), the Queens rapper explained how artists sign bad contracts and aren’t able to own their masters. N.O.R.E. went on to say that he was “the hottest rapper in the world” when he signed his solo record deal in 1998, with Penalty/Tommy Boy Records.
“I was the hottest rapper in the world,” he stated. “I could’ve held out, but I wanted a million dollars.”
When I Am Athlete cohost Brandon Marshall questioned N.O.R.E.’s claim that he was the “hottest rapper” in 1998, the rap veteran
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