Hip-hop is alive

Nas has always had a gift for timing. It’s almost uncanny how well he’s been able to capture certain moments in time. I don’t think many will forget the way they felt the first time they heard Illmatic. It was pure euphoria, and it signaled a new era in hip-hop. But his gift isn’t just about shaping the musical landscape. Esco’s records have often drawn on powerful currents in the broader culture. 

With Stillmatic—and “One Mic,” “Rule” and “My Country” in particular—Nas embodied the anguish and uncertainty felt by so many after September 11. Then, with God Son’s “Made You Look,” Nas represented the mood that pervaded the streets of New York with the War on Terrorism looming. I remember being in Brooklyn around that time and hearing that track everywhere—out car windows, in clubs, in people’s cribs. It seemed like everyone was on the same page. Everyone needed an escape, an affirmation of life, that ah yeah feeling that only really dope music can bring, the sense that things might just be alright after all. Even the sub par Street’s Disciple had one of those joints on there. The LP dropped in the fall of 2004, during the height of 50 mania. Knucklehead rap reigned supreme. It was intoxicating, seductive. But then “Just a Moment” hit and people had to stop and think—to confront the results of that cocky swagger, to look at where all that foul, never-back-down braggadocio leads.

To me, Hip-Hop is Dead is that kind of album. It’s a timely project—one that’s destined to have an impact on the culture. HHID is a deliberate pause. It forces you to reevaluate.

It’s been a year of chant-rap dope boy bullshit, to be sure. Crappy beats matched with mediocre rhymes about nothing. Songs you won’t remember a month from now, let alone years down the line. The occasional flash of brilliance to keep you from bouncing.

But it’s been a year of senseless violence too. Obie was shot. Proof was shot. Beanie Sigel, Gravy, Slick Pulla, Philant Johnson, Israel Ramirez, Big Hawk. This year’s violence is reminiscent of the shootings of times past: Biggie, Tupac, Jam Master Jay. Young, talented men who beat so many odds, achieved so much, and then lost everything to violence. So many lives lost. So many fates altered. And for what?

With HHID, Nas throws this dynamic into sharp relief. He offers an alternative to the Tragic Hero that haunts rap. Nas is one of the best to ever grace the mic. And he’s not going out in a hail of bullets. Instead, he’s chosen to grow up. To halt the cycle of violence. To—along with Jay—give hip-hop a new icon to rock to. He isn’t about to lose everything over petty beef. He’s going to get the full life he’s worked so hard for. He’s going to enjoy the fruits of his labor. He’s going to be a father and a husband and a member of the community. He’s won. And he’s not going back.

  • Sir Francis

    1st

  • PITPAT

    what does this white bitch know about hip hop

  • Jay

    Yea… I agree with you 110% and i must agree that i do like dat one song “not going back” cause it helped me realize that maybe i should enjoy where i live at than rather wanting to go back to my hood. HHID is going to be in my car for a looong time

  • jacquez
  • Sir Francis

    Nas is really one of the few consencis top 5 MC’s of all time, you find Jay haters, you find Pac haters, you find people who dont know who Rakim is, i’ve even run across a rare Biggie hater, but i have never come accross someone who doesnt give Nas his due props.

    Nas is who your favorite rapper wishes he was on thier best day.

    Nas is the rare MC that can do anything he wants on the mic and pull it off. The intellegence, outlook and knowledge he can drop on a “I Can” with a chorus that ALL THE KIDS can and do sing. The street savy thug anthem of a “Theifs Theme” that any true G can feel. The break beat crazy “Made You Look” that can be bumped anywhere like you said. The depth and introspection on the rap game and the world you hear in “One Mic”, try to tell me you could ever hear Jay-Z make a track with that kind of straight emotional roller coaster. The club flashy anthem “Hate Me Now” that like no other song embody’s the state hip hop was in at that moment in time.

    “These Are Our Heroes”, “Rewind”, “Got Yourself A Gun”, “I Want To Talk To You”, “I Gave You Power”, “Last Real Nigga Alive”, the list is endless of songs I could and have played for months at a time and never grown tired of.

    On top of that list there is “Ether”. The concensis greatest diss song of all time that paved the way for all the weak rap “beef” we see today.

    And I have talked this long about him without even mentioning Illmatic. The album that redefined what a classic album was. The album that ALL other albums are compaired to when the term classic is mentioned. The album Nas wrote as a baby of rap.

    Nas has allways been the type to save something special and hit you with it when you least expect it. If Illmatic is what he started with…I can’t wait to see what he leaves with.

    peace, love and hip hop.

  • dirtySOUTH

    nas sings for people in the streets & NOBODY ELSE because all he does his preach if you dig his shit & your not from the street seriously you are a fuckin nerd.

  • SukedowN

    Very dramatic, borderline over-dramacized, but a well-sculpted piece.

    I almost leaked a few tears after reading this post.

    Nas really is about the timing. To be successful anywhere, in any field, any career, and walk of life, legitimate or illegitimate, you need to have that uncanny ability to wait your turn and strike at the right time.

  • crimerate

    Seriously tara, I’m not doubting your “love” of hip hop, but you and I both know you were not on illmatic when it dropped. Maybe you copped it in like 2000 cause you heard it was classic.

  • Atl’s own

    Yet another lack-luster Nas album full of shitty beats!

    at least he can rap though; so my NY friends keep tellin’ me.

    though i can neva listen to one of his albums from start to end (except stillmatic his best work to date!and no i don’t like illmatic better) i usally can listen to 3 maybe 4 songs per album (with exception above) B4 i loose interest!

    So to all my NY partnas; He might be da shit to y’all but he just anotha so so rapper to us!

    hey! …to eachs own. keep dat shit up outta my zone.

  • crimerate

    and who exactly is not a so so rapper in caomparison to nas, ATL?

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    i HATE ur “bleeding heart” blogs…

    Just say the album is DOPE and makes u feel “good”…

    DAMN!!!

  • Bun B

    Best rapper alive is from the ATL.

    He’s so good he doesn’t have to rap no more…

  • The Bizness

    I bow down to Sir Francis on this one. (no bol)

  • The Bizness

    edit: *No Bol on Rey, weezy f baby

  • E AKA THE REAL NORIEAGA

    It was a good album no where near illmatic but way better than streets disciple

  • Atl’s own

    crimerate Says:

    December 21st, 2006 at 5:02 pm
    and who exactly is not a so so rapper in caomparison to nas, ATL?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Scarface, Aundre 3000, Cee-lo, 8-ball, Bun B, Jay-z, Biggie, Pac,…etc.

    Dis da dirrty Partna so U know we on sum other shit!

  • Atl’s own

    wit extra emphasis on 3000!

  • Atl’s own

    the man has no competition!

    so he started experimentin’ and sangin’ and shit!

  • blaQ

    Listen to “blunt Ashes” again, that song is pure genius in every concept of the word…..the man knows his histoy and I can respect any man who does….I am happy at the courage he has to do “Not going Back” especially in todays climate where everyone tries to prove how much they rep the hood. Nas albums cause you to think. How many albums this year did that for you?

  • Domjel

    Finally, an opinion outside of his beat selection. Unfortunatly, were in an era where everything sounds the same or ad libs and name dropping are 25% of an album. At least with Nas you feel like you’re getting thought out lyrics opposed to the first word that rhymes with the last.

    PITPAT you’re ignorant.

  • Julio

    Just want you to know, I really felt the column. Nas is half man, half amazing.

  • 110street

    (Who killed it) is instint classic. Great read tyra sometimes you do reach(clipse)but for the most part you dpo your thing,plus your sexy so that helps keep doin you ma,

  • balla55555

    Atl u speak for yourself. Maybe u loose interest because u don’t understand Nas’ lyrics, which are way above the shit u probably listen to. I’m from Ga(Representin Swainsboro) hip hop no matter where it comes from. People like u give the whole south a bad name.

  • Incilin

    Tara: “With Stillmatic—and “One Mic,” “Rule” and “My Country” in particular—Nas embodied the anguish and uncertainty felt by so many after September 11. Then, with God Son’s “Made You Look,” Nas represented the mood that pervaded the streets of New York with the War on Terrorism looming.”

    Says Tara, a girl who lives in Canada and was in BK for about one day. Take it from a guy who lived in NY for the last 15 years, loves Nas, and loves hip hop – those songs did not convey those feelings at all. They were just great songs (Well at least One Mic and Made You Look). It may have meant that to you, but not to NY.

    I find it kinda funny you wrote about “The occasional flash of brilliance to keep you from bouncing.” cuz thas what I’m hearing and feeling about HHID in general – there enough on it to say that its Nas album and you should care but not enough to say its a classic so you should love it. But then again at least you didn’t say “its pretty damn amazing” like u tend to do, so I’m happy. :)

  • Cuban Link

    The CD is my favorite NaS CD since Illmatic, and my second favorite CD in this decade, second to only The Marshall Mathers by Eminem.Although every track is gold, that song Who Killed It? is just absolutely brilliant

  • Cuban Link

    and to the commenter above me, it IS a classic and you should love it.And im from NY too so u cant say shit neither.

  • For Tara

    I want you to have one (or two) of my babies. Wit cho pretty ass. But besides that, cop Wordsworth’s Mirror Music. Easily one of the Best albums of 2005. And of course, slept on.
    (and if you want to take me up on that baby offer, I be in Birmingham. Holla @ me.)

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    This album was awesome. Nas definitely won. Also, if Street’s Disciple was one album, it’d be right up there with his best work. It had an album’s worth of great music, but some of it was Ehh. HHID is my album of the year, altho Lupe’s is a very close second. Thanks again, Tara, for hitting us from a fan’s perspective. UNO!

  • kne81

    Nice Tara … I got the album a couple days ago and was satisfied cuz it was what I expected.(well maybe better) but it was good nonetheless.Oh yeah to ATL OWN…Andre 3000 is definetly up there as a lyricist….just wish he start spittin again…well anyway Tara keep it up babygirl

  • rizzop

    Best blog ive read ina loong time. i couldnt agree more. At least someone realizes that once hip-hop goes in one direction, he goes the opposite way…Nas has always shown me to be a leader,not a follower. People always said NAS would always contradict himself, and i would reply with “Nigga if you’re on the same shit you were on when you were 18-21, you’re wasting time!” NAS and Jay have proven at least to me, that its ok to grow up…..

  • DJ Lucky Luke Merry Christmas

    I remember the day–not the date, but the things I did on the day I copped the “The World Is Yours” single. It was raining outside, I went to the record store while my pops bought groceries, spent my $4 on the single and smuggled it back home. I listened to the tape for awhile, went outside, shot some hoops, came back in later, ate… Whatever it was, that song still takes me back to that point in time. Hip Hop Is Dead probably won’t have the same lasting effect on me, but it still shines in today’s hip-hop.

  • rizzop

    To ATL’s own: Does he suck because he makes sense? I noticed you said he has a lack luster album full of shitty beats, but do you, like jay-z said skim through it, or listen to the actual words? Scarface, Aundre 3000, Cee-lo, 8-ball, Bun B, Jay-z, Biggie, Pac,…etc. This is your list, but do you understand that everyone on that list fucks with NAS? And the only one more successful is Jay? It aint all about the beat boi!!! Its about what the man has done to uplift, motivate, eduate and entertain the people. Shit he the reason ATL’s best are saying hip hop aint dead and wearing T-shirts. If you a real nigga and someone say something you think aint true, why would you go out of your way to address it? If you already know ya’ll on top, why you trying to defend yourselves? Dont get me wrong either, the south is the shit! I love dam near everything coming out, but
    i just think the originators need to be repected alittle more.

  • tim

    If yall beat lovin stans want to hear dope beats all day just start buying instramental cds… Cuz that is all you pay attention to anyway.

  • the truth

    It’s been a year of chant-rap dope boy bullshit, to be sure. Crappy beats matched with mediocre rhymes about nothing. Songs you won’t remember a month from now, let alone years down the line. The occasional flash of brilliance to keep you from bouncing.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I don’t know if it could be described any better… Brillant!

  • trp

    the haters are in teh minority lol, as bol so elegantly put when people were upping “Kingdom Come”:

    http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/nas/hiphopisdead

    81 overall: universal acclaim.

    ho. sit. down.

  • Atl’s own

    rizzop Says:

    December 22nd, 2006 at 9:43 am
    To ATL’s own: Does he suck because he makes sense?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I didn’t say he sucks!

    and to use yo tactics; paraphrase from Jay-z:

    cuzz he wearin’ a kufi doesn’t mean dat he right.
    just cuz U don’t understand him don’t mean dat he nice.

    plus i respect Nas, But i don’t usally enjoy his muziK; mainly becuz of the low production values.

    for anyone who say the lyrics iz important and the beat iz not, iz a fool and bad consumer gettin’ cheated. who probably should leave hip-hop alone and get into spoken word (great poetry , no beat).

    The beat iz just as important as the lyrics, hell even more so; given that u wouldn’t buy an acapella rap album, but many of peps have bought rap instrumentals!

    and U say Jay da only one i listed more succesful than Nas; i hope U kno dat’s a a pretty bold lie!

    I don’t know what ruler u were using to judge success; but 2pac, Biggie, Jay-z, and Outkast have sold more records and made more money then ya boy.

  • Atl’s own

    oh! and rizzop i don’t listen to music for educational purposes, it is for me and should b 4 u also a form of entertainment.

    I strongly suggest if u seekin’ a education try a school, parents, and/or church 1st.

    i mean wat do u really expect to learn from a rap album; with all the violonece, cocaine, ghettolife, and hoes!

    which by the way are all, in nas albums even.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Never on schedule, but always on time.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Nas = real hip hop

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Tara Henley are you really from the south?

  • alleyeCNtower

    “Nas is who your favorite rapper wishes he was on thier best day.” – say word

    and yo, Hip Hop is Dead cause of people hating things for absolutely no good reason… but its flame flickers in the hearts of those who still love dope beats and real lyrics, which Nas gave us a lot of on HHID.

    he does speak on shit above and beyond the average MC’s mind, cats these days have no vision. no foresight. no depth. and often, no soul.

    Nas has all of this, and then some.

    ‘Not Going Back’ is one of my favorite songs of the year. So is ‘Cant Forget About You’!

    when was the last time you heard a real anthem? :)

    happy new year Tara. as usual, brush off the haters, they are jealous of your spot… don’t let them drag you down to their level. get ya motherfucking minds right, to everyone in hip hop culture.

    one love in 2007

  • alleyeCNtower

    “oh! and rizzop i don’t listen to music for educational purposes, it is for me and should b 4 u also a form of entertainment.
    I strongly suggest if u seekin’ a education try a school, parents, and/or church 1st.
    i mean wat do u really expect to learn from a rap album; with all the violonece, cocaine, ghettolife, and hoes!
    which by the way are all, in nas albums even.”

    I just couldn’t let this ignorance sit here without being responded to.

    Education comes from EVERYWHERE IN LIFE, if you are paying attention. As a child, you can learn how to cross the street properly by just watching someone else… you don’t need to go to church or school for that, man. You can start learning how to write a book if you listen to someone who has written a book speak about the instructions to make one.

    people who say “music is only entertainment” I find are foolishly ignoring or leaving out the wisdom that poets speak.

    IN AFRICA, THE LOCAL GRIOT WOULD HAVE THE COMMUNITY HISTORY AND TIMELESS WISDOM TO SHARE IN HIS SONGS AND STORIES. HIP HOP IS NO DIFFERENT.

    whether glorified, told straight up, or just touched upon, the street stories of Black self-destruction would be told by somebody, whether an MC or the local news. It’s all information, knowledge and wisdom… plus exaggeration, deception, and lies. WHICH YOU GET FROM CHURCH AND SCHOOL TOO!!

    Nas has so many lines of wisdom I’m shocked someone can say something so thoughtless.

    I really don’t mean to dis, but by your spelling mistakes, it’s evident that you should seek other avenues for education. Our people need to learn and know as much as fucking possible, and wisdom is everywhere in the world, if you look deeper into life than just the surface illusion.

    Nas – “way before we came to this country/ we were Kings and Queens, never porch monkeys/ there were empires in Africa called Kush/ Timbuktu, where every race came to get books” – I Can

    tell Young Jeezy to stop teaching kids how to sell coke, and teach them something that’s TRULY “THE INSPIRATION” TO SUCCEED IN LIFE. Can’t sell dope forever.

    Nas’s lyrical wisdom can teach the ghetto forever. Peace.

  • rizzop

    ATL’s own:
    Yes Biggie and Pac have made more money..after they died. And outkast gotta spilt the check two ways but,i guess you’re right on that account. But if you just aint a fan you aint, cant change that…..But i bet your favorite rapper is….And im pretty sure you’ve learned a thing or two from rap music that wasnt taught in church and school/parent. While all that good violence, coke, etc. is in his album he is one of the only ones that touches on other subjects…. All im saying is man has brought more to the game then just trunk rattlin, tear the club up type shit!(I aint hating though) So at least respect the man for bringing more to the table than YEEEEEAAH, OOOOOOK! Thats riiiight! Since hes’s just a so-so rapper..

  • MC Spectakular

    nas is a legend and deserves all the kudos he can get
    nas > every crunk/hyphy/d-boy rapper put together

  • Atl’s own

    Rizzop, i can respect that!

    though i still think he or no other muscician is in a position to teach, simply becuz they are entertainers; but if U can get a valuable lesson from entertainment then good for U i guess.

    U right on one thing U can learn at least one thing from music; how to make more music, though that’s not helpful unless that is sumthin’ u have interest in.

  • Atl’s own

    to alleyeCNtower,

    nigga dis ain’t africa!

    and tellin gheto people that da ghetto iz fucked up; iz pointless we already kno!

    and wisdom!

    wat are u 12?

    Dr. King was wise, Copernicus was wise, Albert einstien was wise, Nas is in no shape form or fashion wise, maybe intelligent maybe artistic, but dat’s it!

  • Atl’s own

    in other words he lacks the insight that is usally associated with wisdom(of course this is strictly judging from his albums, for i don’t kno him personally).

  • Gama

    ATL’s Own: shut yo laffy taffy ass up talkin shit this is why hiphop is dead you talkin about beats? nigga please nas can do a acapella album and it will still be better than any all star produced album from any rapper! And it’s obvious that you don’t listen to nas cuz he don’t talk about selling crack or hoes he only had one song like that and that was you owe me dumb ass you probably don’t know one KRS1 song or who MIC Geronimo is so your voice doesnt even count you probably a wack rapper from the ATL and you better hope I dont see you in the OKC! Any where IL show you crunk bitch! Any way good post shout to Bol for cumming to his senses but i don’t expect it to last cuz he’s a hater keep up the good work baby girl it feels good to read some thing grown up for a change

  • Yun

    ^^an acapella Nas album would not sell better than an all-star produced album from almost any other rapper

    Nas has only sold 12 Million records in his career, Outkast and 50 Cent have both sold close to that with one album

    Nas has MANY songs where he talks about drugs and hoes

    don’t even let me mention Oochie Wally

  • Yun

    I like Nas too im bumpin HHID right now, but it’s stupid to think an acapella album will sell in hip-hop’s current state, and Gama you sound real ignorant talkin about “better hope i dont see you in the OKC”

    shut that shit up, there’s no way someone as ignorant as you could be a Nas fan

  • Prince Of The South

    Nas album was dope. I respect what he’s saying “If you asking why hip hop is dead then you’re probably one of the ones who helped kill it.”
    Concept records are dead and garbage like Snap music and Ballin’ are all people want to hear. Hip Hop Is Dead is a real hip hop album and just shows that people like Nas are apart of a dying breed. He dumbed down his lyrics on this record and is still far ahead of these new rappers, Jibbs, D4L, DFB, Dipset, and 90% of the rest out.

  • let the game begin

    Nice post Ta I personally been listening to nas ever since he droped that illmatic and the nigga has not strayed from he’s persception of hiphop he’s done he’s best to keep it real and give us what we hiphopers need he talks of the state of hiphop as he see’s it and where it’s headed while he himself has to grow with. ten years in the game and still relevant by relevant i mean he can make a statement and make niggas panic i.e luda,young jeezy if nas was a soso rapper would the south be acting like they are towerds HHID but the funny thing is nas doesn’t even call out anybody in he’s album but gives you a clear picture of what he’s talking about.any body can be wise it’s just a matter of having good understanding and judgement of what is true and right

  • J.O.S.E.(RAP IS LIKE WRESTLING)

    HHID is the best album of 06.It was the perfect ending to a year of nonstop garbage mc’s and albums.

  • not so wise guy

    Atl’s own Says:

    December 22nd, 2006 at 1:57 pm
    Rizzop, i can respect that!

    though i still think he or no other muscician is in a position to teach, simply becuz they are entertainers; but if U can get a valuable lesson from entertainment then good for U i guess.

    U right on one thing U can learn at least one thing from music; how to make more music, though that’s not helpful unless that is sumthin’ u have interest in.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    you can’t learn a valuable lesson from entertainment or entertainers? jus shows how shallow one can be bet you did’t know that when you where young while watching the mappet show you where actually learning while being entertained and please don’t come up here all gangsta and say no I aint watch no cartoons actual fact though cartoons can be stupid but you stupid if you don’t know that some cartoons actually do have a moral at the end of a story thats entertainment for.but back to nas how the hell do you think rappers can teach? thats not their proffesion but one thing is for sure is that you can gain knowledge from rappers nas does try to bring knowledge to people even jay said “what you trying to kick knowledge?” when dissing nas but people think this line is cool cuz jay said it in a mockery manner but since when was knowledge stupid?

    do me a favor though go listen to Bob marley and see if you won’t learn a thing or two

  • nasty jay

    IT’LL STILL TAKE ALOT OF PEOPLE THIER WHOLE LIFE TIME TO FIGURE WHAT NAS IS ABOUT HIS MUSIC IS NOT ONLY ALMOST TIMESLESS BUT AHEAD OF HIS OWN TIME,YOU GOTA BE ON A HIGHER MIND STATE TO FIGURE OUT THE KID YOU LOW HEADED HOOK AND BEATS FREAKS CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE ART THE MAN IS BRINGING WITHOUT MC’S LIKE NAS HIPHOP WOULD HAVE NO MEANING IN THIS PRESENT TIME AND AGE WHO YOU GONNA BE CALLIN HIPHOP ITS NOT JUST BOUT BEING A GOOD MC OR RHYMER WHERE THE POSITIVE MESSAGE IN YOUR MUSIC ??. PEOPLE DONT KNOW WHERE OR HOW IT STARTED THEY JUST WAKE UP AND TALK SHYT

  • PITPAT

    nasty jay if your not from the streets than you cant relate to this guy in any way & you should not listen to him if your not from the streets becuase your just a WANNABE.

  • Ali38

    HHID was dripping with wack juice.

  • Ali38

    Jim Jones said it right:
    “Nas used to be Illmatic, now he’s just a crack addict with a bad habit”

  • jordi

    tara..though you are a 51st stater, you really know your thing. great article again..

    as far as the whole edutainment thing is concerned..at the end of the day, a dope MC is a dope MC as Krs said..so if an MC is dope, he can rap about Pokemons and still be dope.
    Jeezy, Weezy, Joc etc. are simply not dope though..they are too replaceable.

  • BoaC

    it’s like he said……never on schedule but always on time…..he right on time to get us hopeful for 07′

  • KRITIQ

    R.I.P James Brown

  • mannyworld33

    Sir Francis Says:

    December 21st, 2006 at 4:40 pm
    On top of that list there is “Ether”. The concensis greatest diss song of all time that paved the way for all the weak rap “beef” we see today.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    NO TAKEOVER= NO ETHER

  • Gama

    YUN: First of all I never said a
    nas album with no beats would sell like a dre produced 50 cent album but it would still be better. And second off that I will see you in the OKC was a joke I mean are you a nas fan? this is the Internet stupid like id know who he was if he would ever come down wise up nigga! But if your interested in coming down sense you all in my grll be my guest. And as far as that ignorant shit you missed me wit that shit I don’t regret nothing I say that’s just who I am matter of fact you aren’t even worth responding to there’s always a smart ass and don’t you ever question my character nigga you don’t know me Ive been injecting nas in my system sense live at the BBQ and drugs and hoes aren’t even what nas is about I know about Oochie wally nigga it just that shit was so embarrassing i didn’t care to mention that shit and nas doesn’t brag about drugs ether you need to analyze shit before you speak homie cuz I drop jewels every time I come on this bitch im just tired of people hating.And to ATL you know it’s love i understand where you coming from cuz the south has it’s own sound and everybody has there own taste but dissing someone like nas who is the only reason hip hop has lasted as long as it has is stupid if you don’t like his shit than don’t comment on it. There isn’t any beef but disrespecting a movement like HHID is like giving Bush another run as president just stay in yo lane my nigga and for everybody else have a happy new year R.I.P. to James Brown and Royce da 5’9 hold your head all my real nigga keep getting that bread and YUN I hope you understood what I was talkin about analyze before you speak homie cuz questioning me being a nas fan cuz of that shit is crazy cuz how MANY song dose nas have where he says fight for what you believe in like I just said are you a nas fan? wise up nigga!

  • >>>>>>>>>ROC

    YO AND FUCK THE SOUTH….. FUCK THE SOUTH…..FUCK THE SOUTH….FUCK THE SOUTH…FUCK THE SOUTH…..FUCK THE SOUTH……FUCK THE SOUTH….YEA I SAID IT…..FUCKKKKKKK THEEE SOUUTTHHHH…..YA DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT REAL HIP HOP OR WHAT HIP HOP IS….ALL YA KNOW IS PARTY AND BULLSHIT….TRAP OR DIE…SINCE WHEN IS THAT WHAT MUSIC IS……THAT NOT HIP HOP…THATS NOT MUSIC…YOUR ALL HIPNOTIZED INTO BELIEVEING THAT THAT IS HIP HOP….BUT ITS NOT…MUSIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE A WAY PEOPLE EXPRESS THEMSELVES….BUT NOW ALL YOU SEE IS IGNORANT ASS NIGGAZ TALKING ABOUT THE SAME 1 DIMENSIONAL SHIT…….PARTY TRAP AND DANCE……HIP HOP IS BECOMING AND EMBARRESSMENT…..THIS IS THE MOST MOCKED AND PARODIED FORM OF MUSIC AND ITS ALL BECAUSE THE STEREOTYPES ARE BEING ENFORCED BY THESE WACK ARTIST…..MAINLY THE SOUTH…YOU RAPPERS ARE BLESSED ENOUGH TO HAVE THE OPPURTUNITY TO BE SIGNED 2 A LABEL…THEN DO SOMETHING WITH IT……STOP MAKING UP DANCES…….ADLIBING…….TRAPPING ON WAX….AND BE A REAL ARTIST…THATS NOT HIP HOP…THATS FUCKING POP MUSIC….YOUR TURNING HIP HOP INTO A FUCKING GIMMICK A FUCKING FAD…ITS AN EMBARRESMENT……AND THE SOUTH IS THE MAIN FACTOR IN ALL OF THIS….HIP HOP IS PARTLY ABOUT THE EMCEE AND HIS LYRICAL SKILLS…SO IF YOU HAVE NO LYRICAL SKILLS THEN YOUR NOT HIP HOP….YOUR FUCKIN ASLEE SIMPSON…OR ANY OTHER POP TART ARTIST…..1..FUCK THE SOUTH

  • EReal

    How are T.I. and Stat Quo and Bobby Creek and Luda, ect. Chanting Dope Boy Rap?? I think youre generalizing by projecting an image on the whole south from the minority.. in other words STEREOTYPING! or how bout PROFILING?? Hater!
    Nas fell off. Period.
    He is one of the best of all time and will goto the HipHop hall of fame and I respect him for doin his own thing and speakin on what he wants to, but if you wanna talk about gimmicks NAS just did the biggest gimmick of all time on yall!! He said hip hop was dead and yall ran to him like a baby to a tit and started suckling. AT THE SAME TIME doin his lil beef squashin thing with Jay to get yall talkin. SHEEPOLE!!! Stillmatic is his best work in recent years and if you like Nas and respect Nas you wont let him slide on a half ass album and call it a classic, youll hold him to your standard of Nas music. I feel what youre saying but how you let a man shit on you like nas did with jay?? No beef squashin with what Jay said, even AFTER ether. Nas is an amazing artist, it just seems like every time theres a blog about nas, a long ass one sided ignorant rant comes up about how the south sucks and everyone in it sucks and blah blah blah.. boring. Same old shite and noone wants to give the REAL south MC’s a break, they wanna profile.

  • >>>>>>>>>ROC

    FUCK THE SOUTH…..FUCK THE SOUTH….FUCK THE SOUTH…FUCK THE SOUTH…..FUCK THE SOUTH……FUCK THE SOUTH….YEA I SAID IT…..FUCKKKKKKK THEEE SOUUTTHHHH…..YA DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT REAL HIP HOP OR WHAT HIP HOP IS….ALL YA KNOW IS PARTY AND BULLSHIT….TRAP OR DIE…SINCE WHEN IS THAT WHAT MUSIC IS……THAT NOT HIP HOP…THATS NOT MUSIC…YOUR ALL HIPNOTIZED INTO BELIEVEING THAT THAT IS HIP HOP….BUT ITS NOT…MUSIC IS SUPPOSED TO BE A WAY PEOPLE EXPRESS THEMSELVES….BUT NOW ALL YOU SEE IS IGNORANT ASS NIGGAZ TALKING ABOUT THE SAME 1 DIMENSIONAL SHIT…….PARTY TRAP AND DANCE……HIP HOP IS BECOMING AND EMBARRESSMENT…..THIS IS THE MOST MOCKED AND PARODIED FORM OF MUSIC AND ITS ALL BECAUSE THE STEREOTYPES ARE BEING ENFORCED BY THESE WACK ARTIST…..MAINLY THE SOUTH…YOU RAPPERS ARE BLESSED ENOUGH TO HAVE THE OPPURTUNITY TO BE SIGNED 2 A LABEL…THEN DO SOMETHING WITH IT……STOP MAKING UP DANCES…….ADLIBING…….TRAPPING ON WAX….AND BE A REAL ARTIST…THATS NOT HIP HOP…THATS FUCKING POP MUSIC….YOUR TURNING HIP HOP INTO A FUCKING GIMMICK A FUCKING FAD…ITS AN EMBARRESMENT……AND THE SOUTH IS THE MAIN FACTOR IN ALL OF THIS….HIP HOP IS PARTLY ABOUT THE EMCEE AND HIS LYRICAL SKILLS…SO IF YOU HAVE NO LYRICAL SKILLS THEN YOUR NOT HIP HOP….YOUR FUCKIN ASLEE SIMPSON…OR ANY OTHER POP TART ARTIST…..1..FUCK THE SOUTH

  • http://yahoo.com werty

    can someone please explain the song
    “who killed it” on hip hop is dead

  • NYC’s Finest

    Yo being from up north where hip hop was born at ( New York stand up ). I want to apologize on behalf of all New Yorkers that are just down with real hip hop no matter who makes or where it comes from. This is still technically one country. It just so happens that we take the region thing too seriuously. If you blck makin paper with real hip hop then you cool with me. I love rappers from everywhere. Busta Rhymes, Jay Z and Nas from New York. Snoop, Dre, Game from West. Kanye, Nelly Emeniem from Mid west. Luda, TI, Weezy from the south. Even rappers that make bull crap music like DFB and Joc. You need that too. I think the problem is tryin to find a good balance. You need to have fun, party and live life to the fullest. That’s important. But sometimes you need to settle down and listen to music that touches your soul and makes you think. Rappers that do this are folk like Jay Z, Nas, now Luda, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. You see the difference. And guess what, these rappers are makin the most or have made the most money in hip hop anyway. Like I said, south don’t need to worry cuz they aint ruinin hip hop. It’s just folk like DFB and D4L from the south ruinin hop.

  • THE ONE

    crimerate Says:

    December 21st, 2006 at 4:51 pm
    Seriously tara, I’m not doubting your “love” of hip hop, but you and I both know you were not on illmatic when it dropped. Maybe you copped it in like 2000 cause you heard it was classic.
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    HAHAHAHHAAHAHHA!!!!

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  • http://www.illestlyrics.com complexity

    I agree completely.