“No Love Lost”: Jay-Z And Nas’ Old Collabo Set To Be Released Thanks To Shaquille O’Neal

BY JO Mensah July 2, 2024 12:35 PM EDT
Nas, Shaquille O'Neal, Jay-Z
Nas, Shaquille O'Neal, Jay-Z Photo source: Instagram/@nas, @shaq, @jayz

A long-lost collaboration between rap legends Jay-Z and Nas is set to make its debut on streaming platforms, courtesy of NBA icon Shaquille O’Neal.

The track, titled No Love Lost, has been a topic of speculation and intrigue for over two decades. Initially unmastered and leaked online, its authenticity was questioned due to the intense rivalry between Jay-Z and Nas at the time.

Friday, June 28, 2024, marked the official release of Shaq‘s third album, You Can’t Stop the Reign, on streaming platforms. The release included the much-anticipated track featuring Jigga and Nas, making it their first-ever collaboration available for fans worldwide. The original album version of No Love Lost lacked Nas’s contribution, which only fueled the mystery surrounding the song.

The track’s journey is as legendary as its creators. Shaq, who ventured into the music industry during his basketball career, reflected on his time in the studio with these hip-hop giants.

Despite facing clearance issues that prevented the song from appearing in its intended form, Shaq relished the experience of collaborating with his idols. The song was initially intended to feature not only Jay-Z and Nas but also The Notorious B.I.G., adding another layer of historical significance.

Shaq has often spoken about the camaraderie and creative energy he shared with these artists. He recounted moments spent with Biggie in the studio, reminiscing about the rapper’s swift and impactful contributions just before his tragic death.