Nas recently sat down with Rick Rubin for his “Broken Record” podcast, and Nas’ longstanding feud with Jay-Z was brought up.

While the back-and-forth got personal at times, Nas admitted that he’s “honored” to have the feud as part of his legacy. He explained:

“I was honored to have that part of my life happen because that’s how I saw some of the greats do it coming up. I saw some of the greats do it. Again, it’s about the art of MCing and when you’re trying to make the best stuff you can make and you bump heads with another MC, and then you guys have a war or whatever, that’s what this art form was since the beginning. That’s what I like about hip-hop compared to other genres is that, they go at it in hip-hop,” he continued. “Hip-hop will always be around because of how competitive it is.”