The Nigger Tape > Tha Carter III

As Artie Lange would say, ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

The Nigger Tape, the mixtape Nas is putting out in advance of his new album, Untitled, or as I like to call it, Pwned by Al Sharpton, hit the Internets yesterday, and so far I’ve enjoyed listening to it about as much as I’ve enjoyed listening to any rap album this year. (I know.)

Never mind Tha Carter III, which is gay; or that Wale mixtape, which isn’t even as good as that other mixtape he put out at the end of last year (I guess it just didn’t fall at the right point in his hype cycle). The Nigger Tape features the guy who put out the best rap album evar, according to the Internets, spewing about contentious race issues. And the production is mostly at least passable!

Being a mixtape, of course it has to walk that fine line of not giving away too much of the real album for free, and yet, still having enough heat on it to be a worthwhile listening experience in its own right. (Having the mixtape be a huge shit sandwich obviously wouldn’t be a smart move, marketing-wise.)

The solution Nas and Green Lantern have come up with here is to feature a bunch of Green Lantern remixes of what I’m assuming are songs that are gonna appear on Untitled in their original form. A few of them we’ve heard before, like “Be a Nigger, Too” and “Black President,” while a few of them are news to me. All told, there’s five different Green Lantern productions on The Nigger Tape.

If there’s an issue with this move, it’s that, as a producer, Green Lantern is just aiight. His best quality, so to speak, is that he at least knows better than to traffic in anything other than ’90s-style boom bap. In that sense, he’s like Salaam Remi, the guy who’s done a lot of the throwback-sounding stuff on the last few Nas albums, except even more so.

It’s also a weird proposition, in that you run the risk of having people become familiar with the remix before they even hear the original. Which would actually make the original – in theory, at least – sort of like the remix to the remix. My bad, if I just lost you. Maybe they figure these Green Lantern productions are so bland it won’t make much of a difference anyway.

As far as songs that haven’t been given the Green Lantern treatment, the main draw is probably “Hero,” the Polow da Dan production that hit the Internets the other day. If you notice, Green Lantern makes a point to talk over the beginning of it and cut it up a few times, lest mixtape downloads start to cut into iTunes sales for the single. I wonder if he was ordered to do that.

Glossy as it is, it kinda sticks out like a sore thumb, but I can’t say I’m that mad at it. I could do without the layers of sheen, and the broad singing on it, but standards have been lowered to such a degree these days, I can’t even imagine it will get played on the radio much. It’s got too much rappin’ on it. It’s probably not gonna be the next “If I Ruled the World,” despite having a similar keyboard part.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have the stic man from dead prez feature, “Association.” Nas has been talking up it, along with his collaboration with Jay Electronica, in interviews – obviously as part of an effort to patronize the kind of people who’d be impressed by that kind of thing. I’m gonna lie, I was a little bit psyched for it myself, but it turns out to be kind of a bland non-event.

Listening to it, it’s obvious all they did is take a track from one of these middling dead prez solo records and tack a couple of Nas verses onto it. The other guy from dead prez pulled something similar for one of the bonus tracks on the forthcoming US release of K’naan’s classic-in-Canada Dusty Foot Philosopher. (Seriously, you might want to try that out.) You’d think dead prez would want to put its best foot forward for such a high profile feature, but I guess not.

And here’s one more complaint, just to round things out. The song “Esco Let’s Go,” which I’m assuming might be an album cut on Untitled, features the following, which could very well be the dumbest few bars Nas has spit to date: “Asked Elizabeth Taylor, when did ice turn to bling? She said, Nas, it’s because y’all rock tiny diamonds in the biggest chain. You the first nigga in the game that said, fuck fame. You the fifth nigga in the Beatles, the 10th nigga in Wu-Tang. So let your nuts hang!”

But that’s just me complaining. Obviously, no one listens to Nas albums for production choices that make sense, or lyrics that consist of anything other than pseudo-intelligent drivel punctuated with bits of silly provocation. I imagine that, for a lot of us aging haters, The Nigger Tape would be worthwhile in a sense, if only for the trainwreck value of watching one of the legends in this game disappear up his own ass. But some of this shit is even actually kinda good. Let’s just hope the album itself follows suit.

  • Pierzy

    The Nigger Tape is a mixtape classic! Point blank period. Fcuk Lil Wayne. NaS is the true king.

    • Pierzy

      Hopefully Jon Hein and Baba Booey will talk about it on “The Wrap-Up Show” at some point…

    • MOE

      THAT NAS TAPE IS DEFINITY BETTER THAT THE CARTER 3. WAYNE MESSED UP BY GIVING ALL OF HIS BEST MATERIAL OUT FOR FREE ON MIXTAPES..HOPEFULLY NAS WON’T DO THE SAME…AND BY THE WAY THAT NEW PLIES ALBUM IS A BANGER. ONE

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/mindbender mindbendersupreme

    I agree with you, Bol, which is a rare occasion LOL
    plus I’m happy to know that you are up on my homie K’Naan the Dusty Foot Philosopher. When people hear his song ‘Waving Flag’, they will lose their motherfucking minds. It’s so god damn ill that a director in South America heard it and they are turning it into a movie as we speak. The shit is on the level of ‘Fight The Power’, word life.
    I digress :)
    This Nas ‘Nigger’ Tape is solid. I liked the deadprez jam though, some dirty bass is on that shit, and Nas fits in the groove something sick. Plus the substance of Nas’s mixtape is waaaay above Wayne’s album. As much as some of us may use hip hop music to escape the harsh realities of life, the world is getting so fucking insane that an escape like Nas might be more healthy than spending the rest of the year in Lil Wayne’s World, pretending shit is sweet.

    I still can’t believe rich corporate white people can still make rappers change their album titles. Especially rappers as esteemed as Nasir Jones. It shows what time it really is around here.

    rap is outta control

  • Mean Greene

    I usually just read you on XXLMag but damn what the hell do you say when you dont like an album?

    Either way Nas has to be onto something with this Nigger Mixtape because he’s actually pivoted the conversation from all Weezy all the time. I played both for a producer friend of mine and his only comment after the Nas was “Until Wayne can do that…no discussion necessary.”

    • African In The South

      Thank You!

  • Sleepy Wonder

    Damn, You Have 3 Comments And Newcomer Jackpot Has 36. Just Give Up Bol….

  • b-ease

    I usually just read you on XXLMag but damn what the hell do you say when you dont like an album?

    ^^^
    go to his site and witness the ether hurled at your favorite artists. Shits fantastic. No homo, bol.

  • jonathan

    yeah the nas shit is hot! but he better get with the trackmasters if he knows whats good for him! i hate when rappers dont give it up to the producers who really helped him! they get to big for they own ego! no nas album should be without premo the kid from queens bridge les or whatever the lightskin kidd and the trackmasters! he wont have that single he needs to sell good without the trackmasters! it just wont happen! and it hasnt happened since! see how you mentioned if i ruled the world! they produced that! he needs those guys on that album! but probably wont have them just because of some ego nonsense! its always like that with these dumb rappers! but his shit is better than all the new shit except that one neptunes action beat and the new MIA pinapple express song! thats the best hiphop shit out right now! weezy shit is just terrible all the way! the millie shit is alright i guess but i havent heard anything else like the shit that made people like him! at all!

  • jcityhustla617

    the nigger tape is the best shit i heard all year i aint even checking 4 weezy i dont know wat production u was talkin bout cuz diz is a smooth listen from beginning 2 end dont u get it nas dont give a fuck about selling records n being played on the radio 50 million times a day he just makes dat hiphop he feels from his heart dats y dat other cd was called hiphop is dead because as an artform lyricaly wise niggaz done feel off diz generation just want musik 2 shake they ass 2 naw mean but a nigga like me will 4eva check 4 dat nas or niggaz like dead prez n immortal technique you just a hater but wateva idgaf about your thoughts cuz your not hiphop just a fat nigga sittin behind a computer wondering y you aint getn no pussy singing lollipop in da mirror haha THE NIGGER TAPE IZ HIPHOP so if you like your musik commercialized den get dat weezy i ratha stick with my nigger(tape)

  • Rizob

    There have only been two other “RAP” albums that are as good or better the Carter III in the last 3-4 years. Thats Lupe’s last album and American Gangster. Carter III is a good album, give the man credit and keep it moving.

    • DA TRUTH

      you forgot the following people’s ablums that dropped that are waaaaaaaaaaaay better than ‘the garbage 3″
      scarface
      Joe Budden Mood Music 3
      Common
      talib
      ice cube
      my lil retarded cuzz
      hell even jim jones had more subtance on his ablum.

      • Rizob

        ***looks at list****
        thanks for helping me prove my point…

  • The Pharmacist

    Well who the fuck do you like to listen to? All I hear is hate from these fuckin blog writers. Who is it that you enjoy you menopausing bitch?

  • Mac Sleepy

    You Can’t Even Compare The 2…. Nas all Day!

  • bigboy8

    Obviously, no one listens to Nas albums for production choices that make sense, or lyrics that consist of anything other than pseudo-intelligent drivel punctuated with bits of silly provocation?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com the chancellor

    Huge co-sign!!!!

    Son really goes in, with that joint with stic, and the shit is free!!! And this what you get with quality shit. Nas is the winner.1

  • Ramz

    Im Buying Nas’s Album, and downloaded Carter 3 =]

  • Sir Richard

    carter III was a bit of a letdown, to say the least. that nigger mixtape is some fire though.
    Bol, i think you need a hug.

  • KQ

    great blog, bol.

    Nas taking a shit >>>>>> Waynes career

    • Lil Wayne

      *Sips Syrup* Fuck you nigga! *Sips Syrup* I’m the best rapper alive! *Sips Syrup* Nas is old and washed up *Sips Syrup* Young Moulaah Baaaaabyyyy! *Sips Syrup* C3!! *Sips Syrup*

  • H. IMPERIAL

    MY EARS HAS FINALLY STOP BLEEDING….SOME HIPHOP WIT SUBSTANCE HAS RETURNED….THANK GOD…NAS IS THE BEST…

    http://www.imperialfilmworks.com

  • whats CraCCin

    Cuz how does waynes dicc taste your a homo. 6ol so much hate. 6tw 6ring yn 6ac and get rid of this homo!!!!!!!

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    I’m not buying shit. Excuse me while I surf for other free music.

  • ~Shinobz~

    Ahhh Yess – Finally – some blasted true comments and feedback for the dude Nasir Jones – I heard “Be a N****r Too, heard “Black President” (Fire) and “Hero” which ya know is going to be the theme song for some movie down the road – Ex. Blood Diamond so you’se gotta be a complete idiot to think Lil’ Wayne’s jump off would come close to toucing or competing w/ N*A*S – so with that being said – July 15th people – It’s been long overdue – it’s gonna be a long summer- Ahhh hahaha!!

  • 239allday

    Look bol. U know that it is unfair to pit wayne against nas. We all know that Nas is the king of this shit. You fuck ass nigga, you just wanted another reason to hate on wayne!

  • lennie

    carter 3 wasnt that good

  • http://bigoneonline.wordpress.com bigone

    “The Nigger Tape > Tha Carter III”

    lol No shit, Bol.

    • Simple like ABC, 123

      Nastradamus >>>>> The Carter III

  • ga’s finest

    i think its very unfair to compare the 2. im from the dirty and nas is a legend…. we dont listen to his music in the club or in the car, but when im chillin and dont feel like dancing, i listen to esco. illmatic is still relevant today his music is timeless. but he has released a couple of bricks. im feeling the nigger tape. i really hope the album is just as good or better.. on the flip side.. i like the carter III.. it shows that wayne has grown.. remember that his best days are in front of him. you cant front on the dr carter, shoot me down, tie my hands, let the beat build or even misunderstood. those are sick records… i support both projects.. bol, u a hater shawty… you probably got lollipop as your ringtone!!

    “I PUT ON FOR MY CITY”

    STONE MOUNTAIN, GA STAND UP!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane “paccin a macc”Corleone

    C3 wasnt that bad….it has some bangers on it ,didnt get a chance to fucc wit Nas yet but i will .Whats good Un.

  • chad bro chill

    i like nas but lately i feel lik hes just picking names for shock value

    hip hop is dead- he said later he jsut used it to grab peoples attention
    nigger- i really hope hes not using such a powerful word as a gimic thtd be pretty sickening

    but ill give him the benefit of the doubt for now

    • JDizzel3000

      bruh….wtf you dont even make sense…how can you knock a guy for trying to generate buzz for his album????? i mean wtf??? what part of the game is that…he is responsible for his sales so if he want’s to go out and name his album something crazy…good for him…generate buzz get people talking…besides it’s still nas no matter how inflamtory his album title is it aint gonna generate the buzz to the level were he’s gonna be sellin 5mil off of the title …he does just to spark conversation

  • REALLY

    The Nigger Tape is amazing. Well, done by Nas and DJ Green Lantern.

    This surpasses any Lil Wayne album by light years, and if you don’t agree with that then you should come back and listen to this mixtape in 10 years and compare it to any Lil Wayne album.

  • nowestbank

    Fuck you niggaz on this site u bias muthafuckaz
    A nigga aint bump nas shit since stillmatic, when he did that incredible diss to Jay, that nigga last two albums were wack like the GA homey say we dont play this nigga shit in new orleans like that. Weezy new album the shit nigga if you hatin fuck ya. REAL NIGGA shit wayne will be a legend in 10 years and he will still be younger than jay z in 10 years niggaz

    • Tru lizzy

      Lil wayne is garbage and the only reason niggas listen to him is because niggas dont have they mind and listen to other people
      so if u like lil wayne shit listen to his shit more carefully and you will see it dosent make sense and its allways bout bitches money and nothing else so if ur one of the hatin ass niggas that say all 50 write bout is money guess tell weezy to change the subject cause he dont have money u bitch ass nigga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! T.O.S july 1st will murda the carter 3 like the nigga tape did

  • changeman

    ayo I just copped that Carter III & from the singles such as (Hero, Be A Nigger Too, N.I.G.G.E.R Slave & the Master) with tracks like these with so much insight and not talkin about pussy, money, or doing shit or how hot you is and other ain’t. Yeah Nas’s Mixtape Nigger is gonna be better. It’s naS shit if you ain’t know than you retarded, Wayne only hot cause he been consistent recently but that doesn’t gaurantee you to have the best album. Nas all the way

  • Rosco

    I dint even bother to read dis bullshit. You just a lil wayne hater. GO GET DA CARTER 3 IF YOU A REAL FAN LIKE ME! IN STORES NOW

  • micktd

    wow bol learn to spell

  • http://disidisi danny c

    yo, im into it, big time, love the stic track. i totally forgot that “i know i can” was a song, i remember hearing it too much and hating on it cuz it’s a little corny but the song is dope all told and im glad be revisiting it. go nas!

  • http://yahoomail.com Official!

    Bol are u a wayne fanatic cause u all on this mans dick brah! Nas and Wayne are two different type of artist both brings something different to the game; yes its true that Nas has more substance but at times Nas boring as flow overshadows the message. Wayne @ times repeat the same topics, but not at anytime have I found myself feeling like damn Wayne is boring. Hip Hop isnt one dimensional Bol, it needs artist like Nas and Wayne do give it Variety; and The Carter 3 is a classic every track and beat is hardbody. If you’ve followed Waynes career you should have some type of concept of what he’s going deliever, and in my opinion the dude always delievers those hot 16′s i love. Like others on XXL you sound like a fucking hater brah, music isnt suppose to be one way all the damn time its suppose to hit other directions thats why you should support more than one artist instead of shitting one all the time. Fuck all your blogs brah!

  • rico

    Nas shits all over the carter!

    Finally a rapper that has some real shit to say.

    USE YOUR BRAINS MUTHAFUCKAZ! REAL HIP HOP

  • Maddolies

    Damn duz n e wun realise dat Plies released his album dis week aswell?

  • Jerod

    You know, you fuckers are all pretty much douche bags. Hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate he hate hat hea htae hat hea htehat ehat hea th hethe.

    Shut the fuck up already.

    Officials words were officially official. Listen up, but you still won’t get it like a riddle.
    Fuckin’ fruity ass bitches gettin’ eatin’ like skittles. Still stuck in the middle and always gettin’ played like a fiddle. Shit, and I don’t even rhyme, I just spit a little.

    So fuck off, again. And again.

  • JDizzel3000

    Soo is this whats hot in the streets these days??? like ok the nigger tape is hot…coo…but why do you have to compare it to waynes shit to make your point on this being a good mixtape??? when did shittin on somebody eles’s work to make your favorite music look good become the thing to do?? couldnt you have just come out and said…”yo that new nigger tape is hot sonnnn!!” and just left it at that?? like the shit is just gettin rediculous with some of youse niggas man you gotta beat somebody elese down to make your arguement relevant……sad

    hip-hop looses again….

    • DA TRUTH

      the reason you can compare the two is because lil wanye states he is the best alive and this is going to be the best ablum of our times. so when anyone puts out music you have to compare it to something. in this case NAS’ mixtape distroyed a retail ablum. lil wayne is like that ugly chick in your hood that smokes and drinks with all the homies and sucks everybody off then gets confuss. she thinks becuase i bust one in her, she actually looks good.

      • JDizzel3000

        The fact that you even think what you just wrote makes any sense is just another sign of how bad the current climate in hip-hop is……..again sad

  • Gorrilah

    Weeezzzyyy show this faggots what u are really made of. Fuck nas and if u down with nas then fuck u tooo.

    • NOTORIOUSAGC

      calm down you “end of tupac’s “hit em up” FAG”, Lilwayne is OK, but far from being a chapter in hip hop history…

  • ga’s finest

    yeah plies did release a album, its pretty good… but his label shouldve pushed it back!!! came out on the wrong day.. june 10 belonged to young carter…

    F.I.L.A

    (FOREVER I LOVE ATLANTA)

  • BX POSTER CHILD

    DIS IS PROLLY THE BEST BLOH HE’S WRITTEN. I ACTUALLY CAN COSIGN 4 ONCE LOL. THE NIGGER TAPE IS 1 OF THE BEST MIXTAPES OF A TIME. A TRUE CLASSIC AND THA CARTER III WAS LUKEWARM. NOT FEELIN IT LIKE THE WAYNE STANS DO

  • keith

    nas shit will be hotter than T.I.P. shit this summer!

  • buck marley

    weezy got it poppin but i must say nas’s mixtape is better than his whole album

  • magnum

    bishop lamont the confesionl>>>>> the nigger tape>>>> the carte3

  • Irish

    Nas is top 3 dead or alive no question. No rapper right now can come close to what he’s done over his career. Sound like some 15 year olds on here dissin Nas. His careers longer than some of you been alive and he’s still relevant. The shit he spit on It Was Written 12 years ago is still better than most of these rappers now lyrically. Everytime haters think he’s washed up he comes back with a statement. People said he fell off because he dropped a couple subpar albums after It Was Written, then he hit ‘em in the head with Stillmatic. That shit was classic. Ether, Got Ur Self A Gun, Made You Look, One Mic and that was after the first time people said he fell off. A couple more subpar albums then he hit you with Hip Hop Is Dead and had everyone talkin about him again. I see people sayin he can’t make shit for the club. I don’t think he gives a fuck about the club. He makes street classics. I don’t hear nobody in the street bumpin lil wayne with their chin up and their chest poked out. Nas takes chances that 99% of these rappers wouldn’t take because they’re scared they’ll get banned from the radio or suburban kids will stop buyin their albums.

  • BIGNAT

    for once i agree with you bol 100 percent bol nas’s nigger mixtape ethered the carter 3.

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    “Obviously, no one listens to Nas albums for production choices that make sense, or lyrics that consist of anything other than pseudo-intelligent drivel punctuated with bits of silly provocation. I imagine that, for a lot of us aging haters, The Nigger Tape would be worthwhile in a sense, if only for the trainwreck value of watching one of the legends in this game disappear up his own ass.”

    *ROFL* Damn Bol — you’re a funny [hatin-ass] motherfucker…..

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  • http://www.hiphopsince1976.com HipHopsince1976

    I could tell that u are a corny ass dude.

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  • http://quickpacker.info/www.xxlmag.com/ www.xxlmag.com

    The nigger tape tha carter iii.. Ho-o-o-o-t :)