This Reddit user eloquently reviewed Nas’s Illmatic. It’s a rap album I have zero knowledge of, mind you, but I’m really hooked by his passion and knowledge. I wish I can write this much about things I like.
And that’s why someone like J. Cole will write a song called “I Let Nas Down”, because Nas is a rapper’s rapper. When Nas is being Nas, and not trying to be someone else, he just does it. Honestly, though, what other rapper could you write a song called “I Let [Them] Down”, and it be about not being the best artist you could be? Saying “I Let Jay Down” probably means you weren’t making enough money or something.