It Was Written (By Somebody Else?)

Earlier this year Nas told the New York Daily News that his upcoming album would be titled “Nigga.” That would’ve put a lot of people in a weird place. Could you imagine a some poor white kid walking into Best Buy asking a clerk behind the counter if they had any new Nigga cds in stock? I don’t think members of the Hip Hop Summit would’ve appreciated that shit one bit. I’m sure by now that you have heard the news that Nas has decided to change the name of the upcoming disc to “Hip Hop Is Dead.”

Shit, maybe Nas is right and hip-hop really is dead, because there have been rumors going around that he is using a ghostwriter. I’m dismissing this rumor as being false though. I think this is all the work of Carmen Bryant sitting at home writing on message boards. Its okay if you salty folk. But if the rumors are true I already know who to blame:

I hope that Nas isn’t being influenced by the company he’s keeping.

  • http://www.myspace.com/therapistmusic Therapist

    thumbs down on that album title

  • roc_representa

    “you say hip hop is dead, but you stop because the vine is empty, hip hop aint dead it’s merely the mind of the emcee” – K-OS

  • suckitmarshall

    You want to get more specific? The details are out there….

  • http://xxlmag.com fresh

    Shit, feel me in then. Fresh.Crunkjuice@gmail.com.

  • suckitmarshall

    You’re the columnist, no? I think you’d be hard pressed to find a rapper who hasn’t had lines handed down, on the memph bleek tip.

  • suckitmarshall

    Though, to be fair, Nas was handing lines down—hot ones(hahahah)—to Will Smith too.

  • http://xxlmag.com fresh

    I am, yes?

    Will Smith needs to hand down some lines to Jada. That Wicked Wisdom shit is not working.

  • SHAW

    Either way, it’s one anticipated ass album.

    Many say that Gillie wrote for Lil Wayne, but the undeniability of The Carter 2 still made itself known.

    I just hope he doesn’t have Kelis singing all over it and shit.

    ((HAY FRESH))

  • BELIZE

    Aye, so if nas comes out with a garbage first single- can we call it Jay-Z’s ultimate revenge..i.e. sign his enemy and lead his career to hell???? Just pondering as i stay irie

  • http://eastcoastcriticsarebiased.blogspot.com Phil

    Balding white Jew who just caught wind of his son’s new Nas CD (before the renaming) as he goes back into Best Buy to vehemently return it to Shaniqua who works in Customer Service and is about to get off work:

    “What’s this Nigga you have my son listening to???”

    Not a good scene…

  • Prodigy

    >>Shit, maybe Nas is right and hip-hop really is dead, because there have been rumors going around that he is using a ghostwriter.

    I think those rumors come from how Cormega supposibly wrote about 80% of It Was Written and how Nas jumped onto Moment Of Silence even though the song was written by Quan.

  • blackman

    Hip hop is not dead it’s just Nas killed his own career by putting out a wack Street Disciple album then signing with Jay-z and def jam.

  • MadeInMilwaukee

    I thought Nas admitted this?

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    Nas getting someone to write his rhymes? I don’t believe you, you need more people.

  • suckitmarshall

    Listen to son’s verse on “We Major”….That’s all I’m saying….

  • che

    not a good album title. it just sounds like a statement.

  • I Am A Hater

    Supposibly there was some interview awhile back where Nas admitted that Cormega wrote most of it was written

  • GeorgiaP

    Good post Fresh.

  • P-Matik

    If Mega wrote “It Was Written” then he woulda blew that spot up during that Firm beef they had. Plus, when has a Cormega album lyrically up to par with a Nas one (key word, LYRICALLY).

    As much as I hate to even say it, I’m sure Nas will find a way to make this project weak like Street’s Disciple. Street’s Disciple had some joints on it but a lot of potholes in it too.

    Yo, this one is supposed to be all Premo right?

  • Smokie

    It’s a sin to even think that Nas has a ghostwriter. Shame on you, Fresh!!! (Love ya, but shame on you!)

  • JerseyGee

    Nas beginning to get the dumb mouth open look…jus’like u no who!

  • spatch

    yall speakin some rel fuked up rubbish man,ghost writing n shit.Nas aint never had a ghost writer coz no one in the game could ever speak life like nas.ie. ‘we march as millions’ that second verse speaks some shit rappers hav neva ben on.unparalel verses lyrically,the was he writes his lines are pure poetry,just his set out of words and his understandin of the poetry art,kids is cray-z.aint no comparison

  • omarlove961

    nas is one of the hottest mc’s in the game…he did not get that way from other peeps ghost writing for him..lol and there is alot of garbage out right now (down south)every one sounds the same,rap about the same stuff…back in the day you could not even call yourself a mc if you where not original…if hip hop anit dead its dying

  • http://www.myspace.com/justme612 Priscian

    HELL YEA HIP HOP DEAD IF SOME OF YALL THINKIN THAT WAY TALKIN BOUT E GOT A GHOST WRITE IT IS A SIN TO BE THINK IN THAT WAY OMG SHAME ON ALL YALL…NAS ON OF THE GREATEST MC AND YES HI HOP IS DEAD LOOK AT ALL DIS BULL SHIT HEARD ON DA RADIO….

  • http://UG-RS.com Tyler

    Nah man ‘dat ghost shit can’t even be close 2 the truth yo but don’t U hate it when U want a nigga 2 win real bad & they still come out wit’ some serious crap? Dude ain’t been hot since L. Hill laced him up one ya’ dig. I am feelin’ his wifey joint “I’m Bossy” & her new look. .she can get beat off ‘dat but yea both them album titles goes 2 show what happens when a dumb nigga try & go & get deep on somethin’. Nas need a real producer showing him where he should really go & not some beat only wack track cat. Peep tha’ new heat 4 tha’ streets at:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • http://UG-RS.com Tyler

    Oh yea’ but “Hate me Now” is a classic super joint.

  • STOP SNITCHIN

    MY DUDES YALL SOUND LIKE A BUNCH A BITCHES GOSSIPIN COP DA ALBULMS N READ DA CREDITS THRY SAY NASIR JONES BUNCH A HATERZ!!!!!!!!!

  • blaze

    alot peeps who do come on here are dumb ass bitches,Nas the illest and Jay z can never sign Nas he even said it on MTV that,HE CAN’T SIGN AN ARTIST OF NAS STATURE,HE ONLY PARTNERED WITH NAS.Ya’ll suckers,Nas is the best aint Pac said he’s the ring leader of eastcoast rappers.

  • http://www.kaisorsosa.com Kaisor Sosa

    Nas used Ghostwriters before; Oochie Wally was written by Jungle allegedly. Anyway Im not surprised he makes a lot of questionable decisions.

  • the message

    ghostwriter? talkin bout nas?
    aint a ghost writer needed.im still feelin illmatic.it was writen is still classic,fuk u if u aint think it.nas’ wurd play b too hot for other cats to copy.The setup of his lyrics shows the kid knows his craft.any wack record is due to experimentation,gota try new difrent shit to advance, right?
    nas got mad skills.aint no ghost needed.

  • the one

    ^^^You dumbass^^ Oochie Wally was written by Jungle??? That motherfucker cant even read. Mega wrote one, I repeat 1 Nas line ( I’ll be flooded with Ice so Hell’s fire cant scortch me) for one of the Firms songs, that’s It. You motherfuckers Is DENSE…..Nas has a ghostwriter? wow, what Is this world coming too. Next, y’all will be sayin Jay Z Is Nas’s ghostwriter.

  • ChrisMaestro

    Supposibly is not a word… Get it together, people!!!

  • traebizzo

    I wrote for mad skillz in th late 90′s and Nas traded him and called it Illmatic.And im from the south.

    Sound like junior high, im goin to the weezy clipse/birdman/gillie beef.

  • http://www.kaisorsosa.com Kaisor Sosa

    You are a retard. Your not The One your a wannabe. Nas has said this in interviews that Jungle wrote Oochie Wally he possibly could have just meant the chorus cuz I mean even if he didnt write that verse its not like its his sickest one anyway. I could see if I came on here saying Jungle wrote his verse on “Lifes a Bitch” or “Life We Chose” then that would justify some contorversey. And Nas probably has a ghostwriter on some tracks not because he cant write but on certain songs maybe what someone else added was gonna be hotter. Same thing with Jigga, Snoop, and Puffy. And how do you know what lines Nas wrote for the album unless you were in the studio when the song was recorderd. Anyone No Ideas Original. Get off Nas dick!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com noughskrilla Nima Ghana

    Nas ghostwrites for alot of niggaz in the game