DJ Envy says an attempt to give Nas a mixtape at the start of his career was taken as a threat by the Queens rapper.
According to Power 105.1 personality DJ Envy, it was at the start of his music career when he was involved in an unexpected encounter with an artist who would later become one of Hip Hop’s most celebrated emcees. DJ Envy shared his story, which involved Queensbridge rapper Nas, during VladTV’s True Hip Hop Stories segment.
While sharing the story of his encounter with Nas, DJ Envy revealed that it was at a time when he wasn’t having much luck with the circulation of his mixtapes and happened to come across Nas after leaving an event at Nassau Coliseum.
“This was when mixtapes was big. And I was—And this was when nobody would take my mixtapes,” Envy said. “I mean, I was trying to sell mixtapes to everybody. And at the time Clue was popping and all they wanted was Clue. So, I remember coming out the Coliseum and I seen Nas and I think it was a Lexus. So, I seen him I was like, ‘Oh shit, that’s Nas.’ So, now I got my mixtapes and I’m running up the block. I’m like ‘This is Nas. I’m in Queens. You don’t see this. This is Nas.’ It’s me and my mans with me and I’m like ‘Yo Nas, hold up. I got something for you.’ So Nas, he stops and he looks at me and he tells the girls to get in the car. He says ‘What you got for me?’”
DJ Envy continued his story as he shared the details of Nas pulling a gun on him after his “I got something for you” comment was taken as more of a threat from the Queens lyricist.
“I go in my bag and when I come up [from] my bag, Nas has a gun on me,” DJ Envy said. “‘What the fuck you got for me? What you mean you got something for me?’ I’m sitting there like—I dropped my bag and everything. I’m like, ‘A mixtape. It’s just a mixtape. I swear, it’s just a mixtape. Look, look, look. Mixtape, mixtape.’ And Nas gave me the look…He did one of these ‘Yo, you know shit is real out here, man. You don’t come up to nobody and say ‘you got something for me,’ man. Gimme that mixtape.’ He took the mixtape, put the gun back in his pants, went in his car, and drove off.’ And after that I’ve never approached another artist with, ‘I got something for you.’ Never again.”
Currently a member of New York City radio station Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club, DJ Envy was signed to Desert Storm Records in the early 2000s and has worked with a variety of artists as president of BLOK Entertainment.