The Listening

By now we all know El Presidente is coming to save hip-hop on November 21st. But the question still remains: Is his former foe turned friend Nas really following in his footsteps a few weeks after? Well YN doesn’t like questions. He likes answers. So I hollered at Antonio and the crew and took my lazy ass up to Def Jam to hear 5 new Nas songs. Now I recently got a new Blackberry that I don’t fully know how to work (plus I have wide fingers) so I didn’t really take notes while the music was playing but here’s what, to the best of my recollection, I can recall. Word to Ronald Reagan.

Track Un
The “Hip-Hop Is Dead” title track. It’s a higher-level Luda-like intro that lays out Nasir’s new blueprint. His various rhyme references will satisfy you hip-hop students as he name-drops everything from “the bigger the cap the bigger the peeling” to Dem Franchise Boyz white Tees. Only catch is it’s produced by Will I Am. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger? It knocks. Preemo, who?

Track Deux
Another one with the Black Eyed Pea behind the boards. The song played off that old standard “Unforgettable” and has never-blew singer Yvette Michelle hittin’ more high notes than Mariah. A little too musically all over the place for my taste.

Track Trois
Reggae-flavored joint that sounds a little similar to Cam’s “Bubble Music.” The Marley boys lend a hand. I ain’t mad at it.

Track Quatre
OK. Here’s the kicker boys and girls: Nas and Game together on a Dr. Dre track. I repeat: Nas and Game together on a Dr. Dre track. That’s right, rap scholars: Game can’t get a Dre beat for his album but he’s on one on Nas’ LP. Might be last time we ever hear Game on an official Dre beat. Surprisingly, Jones and Taylor are a good combination. Still I like the Doctor’s Advocate Nas/Game connection better. I also secretly heard that one and the QB soldier spits some shit on there like “Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.” That’s some “Back to the Grill at the BBQ” shit.

Track Cinq
Only song I heard today with legitimate single potential. It’s called something like “Let Me In The Light.” Mr. West produced it, used some-old-school breakbeat drums and one of Nas’ homies does a good Anthony Hamilton impersonation on the hook. I might be buggin’ but the shit sounded hot to me. Maybe it was just Massa Reid’s boomin’ system.


3 Other Facts Y’all Give Way More Than 2 Shits About

1. Final album is gonna be Illmatic-like length. Maybe 12 songs.

2. Kanye has another track on there that he’s rhyming on.

3. And finally, yes, there’s a Nas/Jay collabo. Not on Kingdom Come but right chea. They knocked out 3 songs in 1 night and one is making it. Produced by Just… Large… Salaam… Timber… well of course, L.E.S. Life’s a bitch, ain’t it? Kudos, Leshan.

Still I did make a decision today. I’m really gonna give Nas his cover. No more back page tricks. Internet geeks: Rejoice!

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  • http://www.xxlmag.com the south

    if nas does some “south-bashing” then fuck him, cuz hip hop isn’t dead, he’s saying that to gett sales. don’t worry though, kingdom come will be bought by me for 5 bucks, that’s all he’s worth!!!

  • Belize

    Bout fukin time u did sum relevant

    PROPZ!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Nas might have a chance if stays to what he’s good at… If he does TOO many Will.i.am.type.suspect joints, he’s gonna go out with his title and Jay’ll REALLY be laughing…

    NEWSFLASH:

    Nas won “the battle”, Jay won “The War”…

    It’s a shame!

    “…God’s Son on the belly/ That means u lost already..”

    DAMN BEEEEEEEEEEE!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    and how come NO ONE has obeserved (or mentioned) that Nas looks like Jay’s “lil’ man” (like that funny internet picture lol)..

    Sign to Jay-Z: check

    Get a bootleg “r&b” chick: check

    Come out after Jay-Z and get ur XXL cover afte Jay-Z: check

    Make more money fo’ Jay-Z: check

    DAMNNNN BEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

  • Hannah Smith

    “Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.”

    All well and good but how are you going to get the asprin out the bottle, Nas?

    See where your political statements get you when your head’s ringing.

  • icee corleon

    i hope nas takes this time to get his album right..i need another classic album to listen to now!!! and whats up with to belly part 2 movie or beast i think the new name is going to be???

  • Spark

    Its goin 2 be fucking refreshing. This could be his best work since,well, Illmatic.

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Thank God for Nasir Jones.

  • LBDII

    Nas is going to get a FUCKING COVER. Now thats some shit I like to hear and reading the fucking reviews on that I havent beent his excited about an album in a long time. Even though I want Kingdom Come more the level of anticpation is still up there.

  • Belize

    Hannah Smith Says:

    October 5th, 2006 at 5:27 pm
    “Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.”

    All well and good but how areyou going to get the asprin out the bottle, Nas?

    ^^^^^^haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Hannah Smith Says:

    October 5th, 2006 at 5:27 pm
    “Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.”

    All well and good but how are you going to get the asprin out the bottle, Nas?

    ^^^That’s some cracka ass cracka shit!

  • Messmergrad

    Wow. Nas/Game on a Dre track.

    Nas with 2 Ye songs. WoW.

  • Young A. Simmons

    Nas is the fucking god. Wilson giving him the cover is long overdue.

    Hip Hop ain’t dead, despite the ‘shitty’ souths best efforts.

  • DJ COCO

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  • http://www.believehype.blogspot.com Jason

    i dunno. im a huge fan of Nas, but from what i read it doesnt sound like it’ll be up to the calibur that im used to with Mr. Jones. ill keep my fingers crossed.

    still coppin the CD tho. that is, if it ever comes out.

    Hov, u selfish bastard!

  • esco

    hmmm….i can’t tell if he saying it’s dope or wack?

  • yaboy

    BEST CDs THIS YEAR: JEDI MIND TRICKS & LUPE.

    HIGHLY ANTICIPATING THE NEW NAS JOINT.

    jay’s? eh, not so much.

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  • http://nahright.com eskay

    >> im a huge fan of Nas, but from what i read it doesnt sound like it’ll be up to the calibur that im used to with Mr. Jones.

    yeah cuz Street’s Disciple was such a classic.

    (a classic set of matching drink coasters)

  • Hov Lost

    ^^^^^^^^^
    So was the blueprint 2, that shit was something to break my weed on.

  • Thugstyle

    Like I said it before Nas is skilled and not as smart , Jayz is smart and not as skilled. Nas and Jayz will sell about the same amount because they share a fan base. Jay z sold his soul , “If you blaspheme i’ll make you very succesfuLl”

  • BFIVE2

    I don’t even pick the cotton out of aspirin?

    Old ass Fresh Prince of Bel-Air line

  • Kicko

    About time Nas gets a cover. This album is gonna be crazy and I promise it will be better then Jay Z album haha.

    Oh ye dont forget to give LUPE FIASCO his XXL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • e

    Nas’ album will be dope glad he is on the cover. But you lost my respect orange juice jones for signing to hova

  • Tek

    It’s pretty obvious that all is NOT well with Game and Dre. I wouldn’t be suprised if that track never comes out (officially). I’ll take a wait and see with the Nas album. This whole read is interesting but I’m sure things will change in the coming months..

  • http://livLiveEnt.com Watta Watta

    Nas do ya thing fam… fck what every1 thinks of ya moves… tha kid squashed a beef and is doin his thing….

    A note to whomever posted bout the battle/war

    NAS WON THA WAR MY NIGG. JAY WON “A” BATTLE….
    TAKEOVER -ON POINT,

    STILLMATIC FREESTYLE-ON POINT,

    ETHER- FUCKIN HIROSHIMA!,

    (WHATEVA THOSE LIL DISSES ON BLUEPRINT 2 WERE CALLED)- WEAK AS FIDDUCK

    LAST REAL NIGGA ALIVE – ACID RAIN!

    IT must be me but niggas act like they 4got bout last real nigga alive…. oops I mean jay stans want 2 forget about it….

    Nas do ya thing baby! Jay’s tryn a snake move but reguardless of how much you sell, you got that food for folk out here… thas what we need.

    And one last thing, as the comments above prove… ya line about

    “Pro-black/ I don’t even pick cotton outta asprin bottles”

    Is way 2 advanced for some folk… but like black moon, you got real heads opin!

    All I ask is for a joint it sosa and some more large pro tracks….

    Illmatic- classic
    It was written – 4 mics
    I am- 4.5
    Nastradamus-ehh (angels and family are serious tho)
    Stillmatic-classic
    Godson- classic
    Streets deciple-ehh

    And for jay

    Reasonable doubt-classic
    Vol.1-ehh (where I’m from and a week ago are tha saviors)
    Vol.2- naa (resivor dogs and money cash are tha junts)
    Vol.3- 3.5 (miles adhead of vol.1 and 2)
    Dynasty-naa
    Blueprint- classic!
    Blueprint 2- naa buddy this aint whas happnin, HELL EVEN JAY KNEW, HE TOOK A WHOLE DISC OFF AND RE RELEASED IT (to summarize this album, jus check tha junt with young chris……NIGGA PLEASE!)
    Black album- classic

    and by tha way 5 of these albums are damn near compilations with some1 on more than 50% of tha songs…

    BOTTOM LINE.. NAS IS THAT NIGGA!

    DO YA THING QB

  • Domjel

    Nas won the battle and the war is far from over. How many of you understand, “keep your enemies closer”? By the way, I’m not feelin’ Jay’s grown man style with Coldplay, Gweneth Paltrow, and announcing his comeback to Entertainment weekly. Plus, didn’t this cat ask you, “what more can I say”? Hmmmmnnnn, nothing he didn’t say on the the 1st LP.

  • Danja29

    Long as will.i.am. is producing and not rapping on the shit, ey’things all good. Dude does actually have some tracks.

    I ain’t mad- hope the album turns out to be that crazy joint he promised.

  • bk banga

    Escobar Season has returned. Preemo should do a Nas/Jay collabo. Nas has to be the nicest dude of all time. I love Rakim,Kool G,Kane, Biggie,Pac & Hov but Dudes mindset seems to be the tightest. Last Real Nigga Alive

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  • DJ Lucky Luke

    Man, if Nas comes with that hot shit, I just might pack up my bags and leave the South headed for up-North. I mean, the leaning and rocking was fun, until I fell down… Then my someone spilled pimp-juice on my white tee, so I had to take it off… On the way to the airport in my motorcycle, a little kid was doing some dance like he was revving his motorcycle motor on me…

    Hmmm… Yeah, I won’t be back for a minute.

  • illadelph

    YN…why must you tease us like so? show you no mercy?

  • http://UG-RS.com Chillin

    Sorry “Nas OrangeJuice Jones”. . I don’t see this album bustin’ a grape really. YN went 2 peep the tracks and barely stayed awake 2 hear it which should tell everyone something. The Jay Z album won’t live up 2 the hype so it will be KingDom Done, New York U wil still have 2 play the back ground in this here rap thang 2 tha’ South. The word on the streets is ‘dat the Game got the hottest shit coming in the 4 quarter like Kobe gettin 81 son, hate it or love. Peep the musical vibes at: http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic

  • http://www.thahiphop.com Fivefold

    NICOLE SIMPSON CAN’T RAP!!!

  • SQUARE

    damn… it’s a shame when it seems like Nas is reaching, and all these internet thugs start to clowning you… could I get the Made Ya Look or “shooting automatic guns at nuns” type Nas and not too much of all this “lil’ homey” talk and trying (too hard) to stay relevant with all these Ashlee Simpson/Angelina Jolie AZZ “rap” fans dissing you behind a keyboard. fkkk name dropping azz Game—dude really ain’t nice, though the song very well could be— Stop the B.S. and do YOU Nas, damn…

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    “Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.”

    i peed myself. that line is sick. and to the dumbass that said “oh political statements when ya head’s ringing”… nas prolly don’t even take aspirin. i get the feeling he smokes some dro, drinks a screwdriver and gets some skull from his blindfolded wifey.

  • http://inthelab.biz E

    Speaking of the listening. what’s up with phonte from little brother as a guest blogger? maybe that’s in the works? let me know YN.
    -E

  • SUPERMAN

    MY NIGGA NASTY NAS IS GONNA SHIT ON THE SOUTH WATCH! YA SOUTHERN NIGGAS SHITTIN IN YA PANTS CUZ YA KNOW WHEN THE BOYS ALBUM DROPS HES GONNA MURDER AND NOT ONE OF YA ARTIST WILL SAY A THING. I WISH ONE OF THEM WACK ASS HELL LYRICISTS SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE LEGEND. SHIT I WISH THEY SAY SOMETHING ABOUT JIGGA. BUT THE NEVER WILL. DO I SMELL PUSSY?

  • Worried 2 Def

    From what I hear so far, I don’t know what to think. I can’t say I like the idea of Nas over Will.I.Am and Kanye beats, especially one with Kanye on it. I wish he would make another “It Was Written”. I like the mid to last ’90s production with Premmo & LES, hell even Havoc. I don’t know man, could you imagine Nas over a Timbo or Neptunes beat. It just don’t sound right. But can’t wait for the Jay/Nas collob.

  • SUPERMAN

    OH YEAH AND NAS KILLED JAY WITH ETHER. DROPPED A BOMB ON HIS ASS. “ETHER”, THAT WORD TODAY IS USED MORE THAN EVER, THERE MUST BE A REASON FOR THAT. I DONT USUALLY HERE PEOPLE YELLING TAKEOVER. (THE G-UNIT) TAKEOVER DOES NOT COUNT!

  • http://myspace.com/wabdamuss wab

    that pickin cotton out of aspirin bottles is not hot at all. That’s some grade 2 shit…

  • Me

    Track Trois uses Bob Marley’s “war” song also.

  • Hannah Smith

    ““Pro-black, I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles.”

    i peed myself. that line is sick. and to the dumbass that said “oh political statements when ya head’s ringing”… nas prolly don’t even take aspirin.”

    And that right there, people, is all that’s wrong with the average rap fan in one handy borderline illiterate paragraph.

    That Nas line is as bad as the lines of Alanis Morisette’s ‘Ironic’ that, er, aren’t actually ironic at all.

    Deep like a big hole in the ground, I know.

  • Hannah Smith

    And I think we’re all missing the bigger picture of this thread: If you don’t remove the cotton then you can’t possibly get to the asprins; ergo you’ve wasted $4.00. Nas may have $4.00 to spare but I don’t. I may not be ‘picking’ the cotton out like a good little Def Jam worker, but I’m definitely removing if from the bottle.

    Failing that, a brisk walk in the park often does wonders for a headache.

  • http://yahoo.com PRINCE CEASAR

    I don’t know, from what ol’ boy is saying Nas’s album sounds a lil suspect..but I’ll still cop it because Nas is my favorite rapper of all time. Nas and Jay on the track..that’s some crazy shit. I hope Nas’s album is up to par because Rap needs the return of God’s Son. If Jay stops the “old white man rocker routine”, his album might be classic. 1

  • http://yahoo.com PRINCE CEASAR

    I don’t know, from what ol’ boy is saying Nas’s album sounds a lil suspect..but I’ll still cop it because Nas is my favorite rapper of all time. Nas and Jay on the track..that’s some crazy shit. I hope Nas’s album is up to par because Rap needs the return of God’s Son. If Jay stops the “old white man rocker routine”, his album might be classic. 1

  • http://yahoo.com PRINCE CEASAR

    I don’t know, from what ol’ boy is saying Nas’s album sounds a lil suspect..but I’ll still cop it because Nas is my favorite rapper of all time. Nas and Jay on the track..that’s some crazy shit. I hope Nas’s album is up to par because Rap needs the return of God’s Son. If Jay stops the “old white man rocker routine”, his album might be classic. 1

  • philly

    “The South” 2nd post….Shut ya dumb ass up…Nas rhymed on a lil jon beat wit the bravehearts…He bashed N.y. rappers in ’01 or ’02… He gets down wit whats hot

  • Mr.Me

    Remember when this nigga had fuzzy dookie braids on vh1 lookin like Zino’s great grandad an now he has a half fro on his column. You came a long way YN (no Gay Dad).

  • rather unique

    damn no mention of primo beats? dont tell me timbo’s gonna lace him with another you owe me

  • Gdot

    The problem is, everyone is focusing on toomuch of how Nas will look like Jay’s lil man. What happened to the music. Nas knew he would get some backlash for even signing. I don;t think he’s looking like Jay’s son at all as long as they’re making good music. The only thing I will ahve a problem with, is if Jay actually does drop his album b4 Nas. That’s whack as hell!! Jay is gonna go at least 2xplat just because he’s had this so called retirement. Let your artist do they numbers first.

    OH yeah, somebody from Defjam get @ me, I can get the promotion right over there. i’m born and raised in Nj but currently living in Bmore, MD.

  • The Chancellor

    That watta watta dude is a fuckin moron…You need to stay in school nigga!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    from the post it sounds like you did not wanna give Nas his props but you couldn’t help but too cuz dude is the coldest to touch a mic…Nas is the truth….Joe Camel probably had a orgasim in his pants when he was in the studio with Nas

  • Dr. 19464

    i think akinelye used that ‘aspirin bottle’ line on one of the songs found on that Eastern Conference release…they are best friends, aren’t they?

  • smirks

    thanks for the info but you messed with the suspense or didn’t get the truth……… now people will expect all this and more and it may not be all good for sales (hype sells sometimes) other times it dimminishes a classical album. i sure hope the album aint all over the net before dec. cause nas deserves an album not a couple overplayed hits. Marketing is just way overdone these days from the radio mags .coms early leaks mixtapes…….., and its not working.

  • BE

    Yea…Nas shouldn’t have worked with Jay. We don’t need unity in hip-hop…he should just say inside his own camp. Jay is trying to take all of Nas’s money and hurt his sales. Because if Jay’s cd came out after Nas’s, Nas would sell a lot more copies….

    Let’s be serious…how many of ya’ll actually still buy albums?..from the store? Either your a Nas fan or a Jay fan…the music will sell it. If they came out on the same day I would buy both. Also, Will.i.am is a pretty good producer. I’m looking forward to Nas’s album.

  • AJTHROWBACK

    I’m not worried about Nas at all and this HIP-HOP IS DEAD album. If he does him and doesn’t try too hard at doing what everyone else is doing, then he will be fine. I think it’s kinda screwed up that his album gets pushed back now that Jay is coming out on November 21st, but hey, what can you say–Jay’s the “boss” lol!

    Before I shut up and go back in my little corner, I have three points to make. In terms of the “I don’t even pick cotton out of aspirin bottles” quote, whoever can’t dig around the cotton to get the aspirin out and says it’s impossible must not be a very crafty person. I’ve had plenty of aspirin bottles where I didn’t even need to take the cotton out…I just needed a bad enough headache to say F*CK THE COTTON!! Simply put, it’s not that serious, so get over it!

    Second, in terms of the Jay and Nas “battle” and “war”, I love the both of them equally as emcees and dudes that changed the game and set the standard for reputable artists. Nas won the “battle” of beating Jay-Z lyrically and reasserting himself as a relevant hip-hop artist. However, Jay-Z is now Nas’s boss and can pull a lot more strings as he flirts with his new chick called “corporate America”. Thus, because his former enemy has signed on the dotted line with a company of which he is president by way of a joint venture, I think Jay is winning the “war”. Bottom line, you could resolve the beef all you want, but you don’t sign with your former foe and he’s now your boss. That’s more leverage for him to clown you if things go sour, and trust me, things in the business can go real sour real quick.

    Third, will people shut up about this whole “New York is dead” or “the South is runnin’ it” bullsh** in trying to dis somebody else!! Nas ain’t gonna dis the South when he’s done a few joints with one of the best rappers from the South of all time, Scarface. Plus, he went to holler at Lil’ Jon for “Quick to Back Down” and was on “Grand Finale” on the CRUNK JUICE album, not to mention he did “Virgo” with Ludacris off his last album. Nas knows what’s hot and what’s suspect, so y’all dudes need to quit. Yeah, Nas is gonna crap all over a bunch of people’s joints that’s coming out or that are already out, but it ain’t got nothin’ to do with him being from New York; it’s got everything to do with him being a legend, period point blank.

  • B-Ease

    to the commentor who wondered how Nas gets the cotton out of his bottle, i’m pretty sure he gets his white butler to do it for him. thats what his political statements have got him.

  • http://xxl.com mikenice

    Nas w/out primo, muthafuckas never learn.

  • Million$MotivatedMailiciousMonarchMoneyMakin’Marc. O!

    Watta Watta u a hater flat out. I can understand if you like Nas better than Jay, but to say Blueprint 2 wasn’t hot is just fuckin’ crazy! Jay my favorite cat but I don’t think he should drop before Nas because that’s going to hurt Nas sales. Jay is a very cunning and calculated cat though y’all, I can’t help but think this is part of some grand scheme to………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………ether Nas!

  • http://XXL Jay Arrington

    Wassup everybody first time posting a comment. For one I just want 2 say Nas is my favorite solo artist. I am really looking forward 2 his brand new album which speaks the utmost truth just by its title. But I really don’t want 2 beleive that so far there are no Preemo tracks. But this is only a brief part of the album and I’m pretty sure it’s fire anyway,and Preemo won’t be absent. It does seem kind of crazy that Jay-Z pushed Nas album back just so he can make his fans shut-up. But we need both of them back 2 put New York back on the map and also make room 4 more REAL HIP HOP ARTISTS 2 do the same 4 their state and rep 4 the culture (not bullshit). Oh yeah I’m glad Nas did a collabo with both him and The Game,it shows unity that we need right now in Hip Hop not division. PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Makavelli

    YOU KNOW I HATE THE FACT PEOPLE ARE SAYING HIP HOP IS DEAD. IT IS MAINLY THAT SOUTHERN ARTISTS HAVE FINALLY TAKEN OVER THIS RAP SHIT. THERE WERE NO COMPLAINTS FROM SOUTHERN ARTIST WHEN WE DIDN’T GET OUR SHINE TIME, EVEN THOUGH ARTISTS FROM OTHER REGIONS HAD TO RESPECT PEOPLE LIKE SCARFACE AND OUTKAST EVEN THEN WHEN TUPAC AND BIG RULED THE AIR WAYS. WE WERE ALWAYS IN THE MIX IT WAS WHEN WE SEIZED OUR OPPORTUNITY ALL THIS HIP HOP IS DEAD SHIT START TO SURFACE. WE CAN’T HELP THAT SOUTHERN ARTISTS ARE MORE SPIRITUAL THAN OTHER REGIONS. THE REASON I SAY THAT DUE TO ALL THE HARDSHIPS WE HAD TO GO THREW EVEN KNOW, NOT SAYING THAT AAS BLACKS AS A WHOLE WE ALL GO THREW OUR SHARE OF UPS AND DOWNS, BUT DUE TO THE TIME WE WENT THREW SLAVERY AND STUFF LIKE THAT WE ONLY HAD NEGRO SPIRITUALS,THE OLD CADANCES TO KEEP US GOING. DON’T GET ME WRONG RAPPING AND STUFF MIGHT HAVE GOT ITS START IN THE NEW YORK ON A NATIONAL LEVEL, BUT IT ALL STARTED FROM AFRICA. THE ONLY POINT I AM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT STOP SAYING HIP HOP IS DEAD WHEN IT IS IN ALL OF US BLACK PEOPLE. THINGS CHANGE NOTHING REMIANS THE SAME.

  • 1906

    fuck these hatin ass niggas. good music is good music and……

    CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP CAME FROM FUCKIN HARLEM!
    I rest my case.

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  • robbie

    your column or whateva you want to call it really sucks big time!!!!speak freaken english! you try to be funny but you sound like an idiot!! u probably some freaken suburbian geek that don’t know shit about hiphop!!!!! go read a fucken book aight!!!!

  • Prince Of The South

    Unless Nas comes with a dope first single that crosses over he won’t sell. He’s had a few big records, but he’s a toss up if he sells big or not, look at the last album. The south isn’t killing hip hop, just the rappers that do snap music. Yeah snap from the south, but not all of us are on that down here. It’s just a fad right now, it’ll be dead in another year or two.

  • the one

    Illmatic- classic
    It was written – 4 mics
    I am- 4.5
    Nastradamus-ehh (angels and family are serious tho)
    Stillmatic-classic
    Godson- classic
    Streets deciple-ehh

    And for jay

    Reasonable doubt-classic
    Vol.1-ehh (where I’m from and a week ago are tha saviors)
    Vol.2- naa (resivor dogs and money cash are tha junts)
    Vol.3- 3.5 (miles adhead of vol.1 and 2)
    Dynasty-naa
    Blueprint- classic!
    Blueprint 2- naa buddy this aint whas happnin, HELL EVEN JAY KNEW, HE TOOK A WHOLE DISC OFF AND RE RELEASED IT (to summarize this album, jus check tha junt with young chris……NIGGA PLEASE!)
    Black album- classic

    and by tha way 5 of these albums are damn near compilations with some1 on more than 50% of tha songs…

    BOTTOM LINE.. NAS IS THAT NIGGA!
    ________________________________

    I agree 100% with this statement except for Nastradamus. That to me was like a 3 mic’er.

  • Crossover

    JUST TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW…………

    JAY Z ALBUM
    NAS ALBUM

    NO PREMO BEATS ON 1 SINGLE TRACK ON EITHER ALBUM!

    What is disgrace! Hip hop is dead! i dont care what anyone says! Nas Is Like- THE BEST TRACK NAS EVER MADE. He comes back to hip hop after so long, and dont show premo no love! thats BULLSHIT!

  • Young Picasso

    That didn’t tell me shit! Is Nas’ album stil droppin in November!? I like Hov, don’t get me wrong, but come on now! It’s all about Esco! What’s good!?

    First

  • allen

    all ya stupid ass young cats dont understand a damn thing about hip hop. Stop hating on the god and show some respect for nas. Lyrically there is no one on this planet fucking with him. go do some more hatefull research and while you do that go get a dictionary cause you probably dont understand anything he says. Go study verbal intercourse. Its on what yall probably think is another corny rappers album, Raekwons only built for cuban link.

  • trae bizzo

    In the words of chuck D Here we go again. The king is back.

  • Drew

    Come on E, know your isht. That ‘cotton out of aspirin’ isn’t just a fresh Prince line, it’s an Akinyele line as well.