NaS York City…

The album release party for NaS’ latest CD reminded me of NYC years past, when spots like NV, The Tunnel and the Red Zone were packed to capacity. Chicks would be wearing their highest heels and dudes would be rocking their crispiest I.T.’s. NaS’ parties were always some ghetto fabulous shit. Just like Biggie’s and Jay’s and Puffy’s events, but NaS’ joints would be more filled with regular people looking their best, not just dressed up entertainment industry people.

Last night was one of those events where a chickenhead becomes cordon bleu and a duckmouth turns into foie gras, but only for a night. Tomorrow everyone becomes themselves again. I love sidewalk pimping at these events. Frankly, I think you are losing by going inside the club unless there is an open bar, and even then who needs that if you brought your own booze, which I did. I’ve spent the last twenty five years of my life getting into some ridiculous parties and standing outside of some banana head joints. At the end of the day I have a good time since I bring my own fun.

Women are getting sluttier now that I am getting older. Even though we are in a recession there seems to be no shortage of groupies at the high profile events. At the live rap show I went to the other night there were ladies all around but they weren’t heavily made up and most of them had on sneakers. At the NaS party I thought I was peeping Kelis clones all around me. The difference between NaS and Kelis, and say Jay and BeYonce, or even J.D. and Janet is that NaS and Kelis are accessible. That and the fact that NaS actually HAS sex with Kelis as opposed to simply being photographed in her vicinity.

The question of whether NaS album is any good has already been answered. He won’t outsell Wayne but he will have a modest sales total by the end of the summer. At the end of the day one good NaS track pwns Lil’ Wayne’s entire catalog. Most other rapper’s catalog for that matter. I haven’t been that impressed with the album tracks that I have heard while the Nigger mixtape was exciting and filled with potential. NaS is such an enigma as a recoding artist. He is clearly a genius on several levels, but then he becomes an idiot savant during interviews.

If Tupac were concerned more about being a provacative lyricist than simply being provocative he would have been NaS. There aren’t too many rappers left that can express all the facets of the ghetto experience. Not just our desire to have luxury, but the humanity that the most enlightened ghetto dwellers seek to achieve. How to be one with the planet and one with yourself was stripped from the Native Americans via systemic genocide and it was removed from the Africans that arrived in the Americas via the whip and those who cracked it, white and Black. My father told me that there were some Blacks that couldn’t wait to get their hands on the whip. They would be the most forceful crackers of all time.

We still have Blacks that can’t wait to get their hands on the whip. Testify to the killers of Sean Bell. We still have Blacks that can’t wait to get their hands on a new whip, because the ’07 joints are a year old now. I know I was talking about that NaS album release party that I couldn’t get into and I know I should be talking about his new album, but I am still drunk from all the rum that I snuck into the premiere of The Dark Knight. Yooooooooo, that was some hardbody shit. Definitely go see that shit like right now. It’s 3am party people, do you know where your children are?

  • EL BRECHADOR

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  • Maddolies

    ugh another weezy reference Can u Not? I think u secretly Love Weezy And Wana Kiss Him Like U Were His Daddy, No Homo.

    • 360

      how is that not homo?

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    Nas will barely move 100k units. Nonstory

    • BX POSTER CHILD

      NAS WILL DOUBE DAT IN NY ALONE. I BOUGHT IT AND THERE ALOT LEFT. CIRCUIT CITY AND BEST BUY ALL RAN OUT. I FINALLY FOUND IT AT TARGET AND THERE WERE ONLY LIKE 4 LEFT. HE WILL SELL OVER 300K

  • 239allday

    Damn you threw a lil jab at J.D. by saying he aint even beatin. And I’ve also noticed the way Nas acts during interviews. It kind of reinforces his critics beliefs that he is just some “gangster” rapper(fuck fox). On 106th and park he called John Mccain a racist, I was laughing my ass off, but it makes his critics think he is an another ignorant rapper, which is not the case.

  • dubbzz

    man…i think Nas will outsell what T.O.S did. I went to Best Buy to cop the Nas joint…man i grabbed the last joint they had. I think he will do a respectable amount first week. And just for the record…that Nas joint is a breath of fresh air, just what hip hop needed

  • Gorrilah

    Lets see if this stupid-ass fake poet nas will do BRA Weezzy numbers.If he can do or exceed them I will kill myself how is that motherfuckers.I put my life on the line on this one.Moving sales in Hip-Hop means u eating if u dont then not eating straight-up motherfuckers. nas is wack just cause he spits contradicting lines then y’all faggots think its metaphor. u ni**gers aint shit.Its about time this old motherfuckers like nas,gayzee,ll cool j etc quit hip-hop for real.

    • Were Read 2 Def

      Ur a fag! Go listen 2 Lil Boosie n shut da fuck up.

    • Valdez

      @ Gorrilah:

      i’m cinvinced u have to be one of THE dumbest motherfuckers on the planet.

      that may be THE most foolish comment i’ve EVER read on this site. & that says A LOT, smh

      “i heard yall was downloadin it,
      like i’m yall man who be exposing shit,
      fuck yall lil ho bitches, i don’t need yall, i’ll go gold wit it”

      -Nas “Testify”

      • Valdez

        @ATL…

        NEWSFLASH:

        hip hop is not about numbers. hip hop is about the message.

        its safe to say nas is longer focused on numbers, which is why this is the best album of his career.

        he already got $$, the respect of his peers, the respect of the indusrty at large, and the respect of the listeners.

        it is evident that nas put no pressure on himself to sell a certain number of units on this album. that makes for a much higher quality of music.

        this amd e. badu’s new amerikah are the only 2 albums of their kind, with this kind of content, blatantly attacking america.

        this nas album and new amerykah are easily the best, most controversial, yet influential albums, not only of the year, but maybe EVER!!!

        these are def. the best 2 albums since something from PAC, hands down.

        this type of music sets the bar so high that very few others, if any at all can compete, let alone match or exceed.

        everyone should be happy as this is officially marking the end of the commercial, snap-happy, solja boy era in music and the reintroduction to the masses of REAL hip hop.

        http://www.myspace.com/valdezent
        http://www.myspace.com/valdezent
        http://www.myspace.com/valdezent

    • Jas

      Gorrilah why you hatin on every one nigger. Man i think you a pussy as bitch that can’t even spit a line you probably don’t even spit you suck cock you faggot Peace Nigger and One Love.

      Hope you read this shit.

  • DETROIT GEM

    ayo, I dont think weezy numbers are attainable for NAS on this album. Why? Because his music makes good sense. Nas is too deep for the finger snap generation(crack head generation)”dont take offense if ya mama or daddy wasn’t a crack head, if they were..it shows in your posts”. I suppose, like good genes may skip a generation, so has good rap music. Only TUPAC has sent out a greater message if not equal. The people who call NAS out, should literally slap themselves and vote for McCain!

  • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

    THIS LIL WAYNE BALLS IN THE MOUTH JUGGLEN, TWO HANDED BEATING OFF, AIR FRESHENER IN HIS PAYLESS ZAPPS SHOE WEARING HOUSE NIGGA ASS DUDE NAMED “GORRILAH”… EAT A TONY OUT OF 50′S ASS DICK WITH SHIT ON IT… YOU PROLLY GOT SOLDJAH BOY BOOTLEG CD IN HEAVY ROTATION IN YOUR 89 FORD TEMPO… YOU ARE THE REASON WHY NAS DROPPED ANOTHER CLASSIC ADDRESSING THE ISSUES IN AMERICA… BUT YOU ARE TOO BUSY LICKING LOLLIPOPS… PUT YA CELL PHONE ON VIBRATE AND GO SIT ON IT… TRUE STORY NAS AINT GONNA DO THEM WAYNE NUMBERS BUT… IT AINT FOR THE “PORCH MONKEYS”… GO PRE PAY FOR THAT “FACE LOOKING BOY” BULLSHIT. IT SHOULD BE OUT SOON. . .

    • Anthony

      This Article is about NAS not Lil Wayne quit bringing him up

      –PLEASE–

      • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

        Anthony… SPEAKING OF A LOVE TO HATE… IM THE INTERNET BULLY… ITS MY JOB, SO MY COMMENT WAS FOR GORRILAH AKA PORCH MONKEY… ITS A BLOG DUMB ASS. KEEP YA REPLIES TO YOUR CUCUMBER FINGER SANDWICH EATING, YELLOW BUS RIDING OOOPS I FORGOT MY HELMET, KNEE PAD AND MICHAEL JACKSON JACKET IN THE SUMMERTIME WEARING ASS SELF. INTERNET BULLY STRIKES AGAIN…

  • Ayre

    ^^^LOL +1.

  • The_Truth

    I don’t give’a shit what Nas 1st week numbers will look like. . .I have my copy and it’s EASILY the dopest album of ’08.

    If you think the Carter III is a “classic”, you’ll be ashamed of yourself when you listen to Nas’ album. . .***** STAR CLASSIC!

    • Rob The Music Ed

      I fuck with both albums, for different reasons. I don’t understand why folks have to pick one or another.

      • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

        SMMFH. WELL BILLY, U R RIGHT ABOUT NAS.

      • Dub Sac

        Co-sign Rob. I don’t like Weezy but I appreciate that he’s doing something different in a generation that’s stuck aping the next man’s shit. He’s got an interesting style and I think a couple albums out, he might put forth a solid effort. I still think he’s finding his style but at least he’s setting himself apart. That said, I got CIII, have only listened twice and it’ll probably be awhile before I listen again. Prolly the next time I get coke. Maybe it’ll make more sense. Or maybe I’ll be so high I don’t give a shit and just say Yay!

  • DC

    Lil’ Wayne stans constantly complain about people hating on him. Yet, it seems that every time a blog, article, etc. is posted regarding Nas, these same dudes come in here slinging the hate. Realize that there would be much less negativity directed at Birdman Jr. if he and the media didn’t proclaim as the greatest rapper alive. Nas has actually bigged up Weezy several times in recent interviews, so I’m not sure where the hostility comes from. You can like Wayne, I guess, but show some respect to a true genuis and undeniable legend.

    • Anthony

      Fuck this internet bullshit because both these niggaz is cool with eachother they don’t have beef. It’s their dumbass nut riding fans. Weezy’s and Nas’. Getting onto a nas Article to talk shit about Weezy is fucking stupid. And Getting on a Weezy Article to talk shit about Nas is Fucking Stupid. All of you bloggers real problem ain’t
      Lil Wayne and Nas

      IT IS YOURSELVES

      You just love to hate

  • MikeJones

    Nas tried on this. He couldn’t have picked more boring beats though. The album has no replay value. It will be forgotten in 3 weeks. Won’t sniff 175,000 copies first week.

    • jamaal

      why does people bring up numbers when new music come out like they own a label or something what if the music is good and you hear niggas talk about beats what about the words Wack rappers all have good beats why because they can’t rap like baby,nelly,jezzy,and fuck i’ll say it lil wanye nas is rap with a purpose get his and listen to joe budden new shit who kill hip hop pt.1 and pt. 2 What is the carter 3 a classic compared to the blue print no PAC shit no big ready to die or life after death no fuck give a song on that bull shit wit a topic that he talk about that really means any thing what is those song about sounds more like a mix tape nas do your thing and listen to more rapper that can rap not just swagger or a image that a white man give this is some coon shit hip hop is turning to.

  • Rockcity

    Nas has been doing this for years, he never was a high selling mainstream rapper so obviously, money is not his motivation! He is an artist and he seems to be the only rapper that knows the power of his voice, he knows he has a chance for millions to hear what he has to say and guess what, he takes advantage of that and gives people something to think on. So while Weezy may be in his prime for now, he will never be iconic and as legendary as Nas no matter how many albums he sells because classics last forever.

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      NOHOMO… I CO-SIGN THAT… BIGGUPS TO MY HATER…EReal. SOON AS HE FINISH EATING HIS LUNCHEABLE I PACKED FOR HIM THIS MORNING… HE WILL COMMENT. NAS DROP A CLASSIC FOR THE EDUCATED BLACK MAN…

      • 239allday

        ^^^^ laughin like a mug @ “Lunchables” remark.

        P.S. Nas has gone platinum plenty of times before the Limewire generation fucked up hip hop.

  • Jamaal

    I copped 2 nas joints because i need one for bumping and one to put up because it will be worth alot of money one day because it is the only classic alblum came out since stillmatic and the Blueprint if yo don’t like nas new album you should not be on xxl because nas embodies Hiphop he can out rap you favorite rapper when he is sleep Go cop that new nas ALbum Untitled

  • Mitch

    If I wasn’t a Billy X. Sunday fan, before this post, I am now.

    “At the end of the day I have a good time since I bring my own fun.” Lol!

    “If Tupac were concerned more about being a provacative lyricist than simply being provocative he would have been NaS.
    There aren’t too many rappers left that can express all the facets of the ghetto experience. Not just our desire to have luxury, but the humanity that the most enlightened ghetto dwellers seek to achieve.” Very true.

    Oh, yeah. Co-sign Rob The Music Ed. Stop the polarization in rap music!

  • Ayre

    I’m so confused(no Buck)dumb shit sells a milli smart shit sells a lil bitti.

  • yoprince

    nas’ numbers will be fine.. he has a steady fanbase who are going to buy his album within the next three months no matter what.. and NIGGER is a classic hip-hop album.. (I call it NIGGER cause the album is clearly themed around that title)

    the carter III is good too.. for different reasons.. and it may not be a classic hip-hop album but it’s a classic commercial record simply just for lollipop, a milli, and what comfortable will be if he releases it as a proper single..

  • giantstepp

    Good drop BXS!

    Nas is cut from a different cloth. He wont do Weezy numbers or even come close, which has nothing to do with the quality of the CD. Nas is on another level (that ghetto gospel) that quite frankly cannot be grasp by most of the record buying public.

    “There aren’t too many rappers left that can express all the facets of the ghetto experience.” Very true BXS. Nas, Face, Cube, ‘Pac (and many more)all gave some God with the Gangsta and never lead Niggas blindly. They expressed “all facets of the ghetto experience”!

  • henry

    i hate people that call albums classic when it comes out, classic is supposed to mean timeless and you dont know how it will sound in the future. Theres been some instant classics-paid in full, million to hold us back, NWA SOC, illmatic, ready to die and some more, come back in a year and see if its still hot

  • red alert e.n.t

    Yo check both lil wayne and nas album out and u will see da difference……da problem of hip hop these days r that itz 2 many haters and dick riders and yea da internet low ball fuck it up by leakin and downloadin….I fear 4 hip hop now bigg time. But my nigga dropped sum real shit and weezy waz kool but not a theme 4 his album…

  • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

    “Last night was one of those events where a chickenhead becomes cordon bleu and a duckmouth turns into foie gras, but only for a night.”

    did you ever know that you’re my hero?

  • jimm-o

    Gorrilah if i met you, id spit in ur motherfucking face, thats like saying biggie/2pac are some wack rappers. seriosly, you are the spawn of the new shit-hop that is constantly bieng pushed onto the world, rap without a fucking meaning, all these new rappers are just little monkeys dancing along and talkin about bullshit. lyricly these new rappers are weak, you say nas talks some shit? what has lil wayne said that has a meaning? numbers dont mean a god damn mother fucking thing to me, if the album is real hip hop then it was a sucsess in my mind.

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

    I predict 200k at least for the first week. I might even account for one of those units. I’m rooting for this one to sell.

    True, Nas always has some lackluster beats, but he still makes them good enough to replay, simply because he can lyrically go where nobody else can on a wack ass track. That takes talent.

    IMO, Nas is the biggest reason to currently support NY rap. He’s still a leader in many ways, and it looks like he’s finally ready to step up. BTW, I’m still banging Street’s Disciple.

    *cues up “Nazareth Savage” and “American Way.”*

  • Maddolies

    Haha Internet Bullys Killin Me.
    NaS Will do decent Numbers though. No One Thought Hip Hop Is Dead Would Reach Number One And Outsell Young Jeezy But It Did.

  • John Galt

    Bought the CD yesterday, listened all the way through last night at work. Nas is on point as usual, maybe even more than usual — though I’m honestly not sure yet how much replay value it actually has. I did listen to HHID for a surprisingly long time, still put it on once in a while, so we’ll see. I’m with you, the mixtape had a certain edge to it that this doesn’t have; that Mike Tyson song is a good example.

    “How to be one with the planet and one with yourself was stripped from the Native Americans via systemic genocide and it was removed from the Africans that arrived in the Americas via the whip and those who cracked it, white and Black.” — Elevated thinking.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    nice drop BXS. too bad you don’t have the pictures up on here like at dp.com. that way the readers could see what a chickenhead turned cordon bleu looks like.

  • BIGNAT

    good post billy

  • REAL TALK 08

    Nas won’t go Platinum in one week,becuz Nas aint as mainsteam as Wayne…plus,he did’nt have a gay azz pop/rap hit like lollipop,nor did he kiss a man…bet he betta do more sells than dat T.O.S bullshyt which i knew g-unot would not do good wit dat wack azz album,but, Lupe went gold doin’ it his way,and has the better album than the carter 3..no doubt…Lupe,Nas,and Wayne are the best…the worse would be Souljaboy,Chingy,and Yung Berg…lol Imma get dat new Nas though..

  • http://www.yahoo.com Dra$t-iQ Alkoholik

    yo you niggas guss to get off Nas’ nuts the nigga a has been but i enjoyed the collumn ecpecially about Jay,and papa smurf not gettin shit from their hunnies

  • SW PHILLY

    This is the one “Conscience Rapper” that fell through the cracks and has sold either gold or plat. on ALL his releases, and has stayed relevent (with some help from Jay-Z at one point, no hate). No other mc/conscience rapper can hold that title.- Swayze

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