The Last Real Nigga Alive…

There’s gonna be some noise tomorrow about how many units that NaS did, or did not sell in the first week of his latest CD’s release. There’s certainly no way that he will have sold the billion albums that Lil’ Wang pushed out. This is by no means indicative of NaS’ greatness. I consider NaS the greatest rapper of our generation because of the content (and controversy) that he can put on a mainstream musical platform. There are certainly rappers out there that project even more reflection on socio-political problems, but those rappers exist well under the mainstream media radar. NaS is out front and he still uses his platform for stirring debate and discussion.

I find NaS to embody all the aspirations of the African American. From attempting to achieve status and wealth to reflecting on what these things mean in the grandest scheme of life. Is this why NaS has been so difficult for the masses to ingest? Do the masses want their entertainers to exist in only one sphere of thinking? Why can’t people describe the materials they have accrued and still describe the struggle that remains for freedom? Some critics of NaS complain that he only pays lip service to the latter, but honestly, why isn’t the story of conspicuous consumption only a dream as well? We assume that NaS owns the Maybachs and helicopters he rhymes about, yet we don’t allow him the fantasies of revolution or social change.

Why can’t we have it both ways? Why can’t we have economic access and socio-political change? I understand why white fears this. White thinks that they will be subjected to the same genocidal tendencies they have promoted for centuries if they ever retracted their supremacist idealogy. The universe will have to balance itself one of these days but the truth is that the overwhelming majority of the oppressed just want the foot off their neck without seeking to return the disservice. NaS represents that.

For my mind, NaS greatest achievement was breathing life back into his father’s career. Our parent’s give us birth and they infuse us with our hopes and dreams. How church must that be to be able to return that gift to the ones that first gave it to us? It’s even bigger than buying your moms a mansion or a car or anything with money. It’s about giving them a chance to pursue life on their own terms. NaS has been doing that ever since he first released ‘Illmatic’. That album was the looking glass for Hip-Hop and rap music. He hasn’t changed who he is in all this time. NaS still dreams of living life lavish and turning tragedy into triumph.

‘Untitled’ is a collection of ideas that cover race, and class as well. It won’t end poverty or racism if the listener is someone that only wants to nod their head. For some people however it will change the way they see the world and themselves in it. At the end of the day that is really all you could want from art. The rest is up to us to secure. What do you value for your life? Let that be your goal.

  • moresickaMC

    Disco rap era….the South watered hiphop down to coon levels

    • Justice4all

      Ditto!

      • Mac Sleepy

        I Agree To A Certain Extent. I’m From Da South. It’s Like Shyt Got So Dumbed Down That Muthafukkas Hear Lil Wayne and Think He The Best Rapper Alive?.. Fuk Outta Here! And By No Means Am I A Hater, But this Ni66a To Pick up A Pen And Pad… I’m Just Sayin, He couldn’t Fuk Wit Nas On His Worst Day…

        http://www.myspace.com/macsleepy66

        • Rizob

          The three biggest songs from New York in a while have been

          1. Ballin~Jim Jones
          2. This is Why I’m Hot~MiMs
          3. Chicken Noodle Soup

          and yall say the South watered shit down, yall really got shit backwards, wack music is across the board, its not just in one spot. NY puts out just as much bullshit as everywhere else (ie T.O.S.)

        • ThaRealBoiWonder

          Rizob Killed ya’ll on this… Don’t forget Lean Back too.

          Get My Pool In The Back—- Cam’Ron

    • Rizob

      The three biggest songs from New York in a while have been

      1. Ballin~Jim Jones
      2. This is Why I’m Hot~MiMs
      3. Chicken Noodle Soup

      and yall say the South watered shit down, yall really got shit backwards, wack music is across the board, its not just in one spot. NY puts out just as much bullshit as everywhere else (ie T.O.S.)

    • DJ Knox

      See, thats where ur wrong moresickamc. Im from the south and love Jay, Nas, BIG, Wu-Tang, etc. but theirs a lotta shit that gets said and put out from the East Coast thats silly(i.e. Chicken Noodle Soup) Besides, wasn’t nobody hating on MC Hammer(west Coast) when he came out. He’s like the old-school Soulja Boy. Fuckin’ New Yorkers…

      • Cinsere

        Come on…let’s be real ya’ll. There’s been some wack new york shit, but it’s because of the trend of empty simplicity that the south started, and new york artists have been dumb enough to follow suit.

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

      YO BILLY YOU SHOULD REALLY PEEP THE BOOK CALLED ALL ABOUT THE BEAT: WHY HIP HOP CAN’T SAVE BLACK AMERICA. I THINK U WOULD FIND IT TO B AN INTERESTING READ. COP IT FROM YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY. DATS WHAT I DID. WHEN U FINISH IT, PLEASE MAKE A POST ABOUT IT.

  • Jericho

    FIRST!!!!……I could not have said this any better…….

  • Jericho

    FIRST!!!!……I could not have said this any better…….

  • 239allday

    There are certainly rappers out there that project even more reflection on socio-political problems, but those rappers— Mr. Sunday

    But those rappers suck.

    Nas is the best!!! The reason why haters ask. Like Dead Prez, Nas is Revolutionary but gangsta.

    I think me, Nas, and Billy Sunday are the last real niggas alive. That’s official!!!

    • dubbzz

      Damn..I aint never seen a nigga with 2 dicks in him mouth

      • 239allday

        I aint never seen your daddy either.

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      A YO NAS WHATS THIS BULL SHIT ON THE RADIO? SUP MY NIGGAS… GORRILAH AKA PORCH MONKEY AND EBitch… I EXPECT MY MONEY IN MY CROWN ROYAL BAG BESIDE THE TV WHEN I GET HOME… PUT THE CLOTHES IN THE WASH MACHINE YA’LL GOTTA WORK TONITE. NO NIGHTS OFF BITCHES. COP THAT NAS. FUCK LIL WAYNE… SUP 239… FUCK DUBBZZ HE REALLY TENS BUT HE KEEPEM CLEAN THOUGH… HA HA

      • Dickrider Hater

        Speaking of dicks in mouths, looks like The Caps Lock King can fit three at a time in his dick sucker.

        And he’s dickriding commenters!

        Kill Yourself, bitchass, and its down the street, not across the road, faggot.

      • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

        I KNEW THAT WAS YOU Ebitch… DID YOU LEAVE THE MONEY IN THE BAG BY THE TV? I ORDERED YOU A NEW PINK LEOTARD BUT I CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT THE MITCH MATCHED BLACK AND DIRTY WHITE KNEE PADS. SUCK IT UP. NO REALLY SUCK IT UP. I FOUND THE EIGHT DOLLARS IN CHANGE YOU WERE HIDING FROM ME IN YOUR EMPTY JHERI CURL ACTIVATOR BOTTLE. YOU BEEN WORKING FOR ONLY TWO YEARS NOW, SAVING ACCOUNTS ARE FOR MY TOP NOTCH HOES. NOT THE CRUSTY BOWL SCRAPPINGS SUCH AS YOURSELF. AND THE TATOO ARTIST CALLED AND SAID IF YOU WANT THAT DOUBLE CHEEK BUTTERFLY ON YOUR ASS YOU GOTTA WASH IT FIRST. AND THATS THE DAY OF. NOT TONITE… ON THE INTERNET ITS OK TO BE THE DICK RIDING HATER. YOU SHOULD IF YOU A MALE. BUT YOU ARE A BITCH SO IM CONFUSED… INTERNET BULLY STRIKES AGAIN SHOUT OUT TO ebitch SHE DONT LIKE HER NAME IN CAPS. . .

  • E-Fleezy

    Nas is the greatest of all time in my opinion. but the kids these days is fucked. nobody gon’ listen to the shit he sayin on that album. it’s not about cars an new dances so they don’t give a fuck. anybody under 25 that i showed it to ain’t even give it a chance. An i’m in New York for fucks sake! ask any teenager who they checkin’ for an all they want is Weezy.
    Now that Nas tryna be a leader for his people moafuckas ain’t ridin’ with him. but when he was on that greezy, gun talk, mobster music everybody was on his dick. The Shit is shameful yo.

  • Pierzy

    Billy, I completely agree with the sentiment of both your post and Nas’ album but I’m not sure if he achieved it. A lot has been said about the beats and of course that shouldn’t be the focus of listening to the music, but if the beats don’t pull the listener in, they won’t stick around long enough to hear the message. Also, I’m not sure if he went far enough with it. On some songs, he certainly did (“Sly Fox” may be self-evident to us but it’s a good song with a real message that sounds good) but there are other songs where I (speaking for only myself) felt he took it to the brink but wasn’t able to push it beyond. Perhaps I was expecting too much. But, in the end, you’re right – whether he tried and failed or succeeded the fact is, he tried. And no one will succeed if they don’t even dare to try…and most won’t.

  • Bubble

    I agree with this article, it was well thought out and written, and my remarks for the youth who don’t listen and i mean listen to nas these days is that it is a damn shame, they are the ones losing

  • Bubble

    I agree with this article, it was well thought out and written, and my remarks for the youth who don’t listen and i mean listen to nas these days is that it is a damn shame, they are the ones losing

  • Worley

    Good post Sunday. Ron Mexico had y’all n*ggas in a headlock for a minute.

    For my money, the mixtape was better than the album. But I salute the god for using his platform to say something meaningful. Hopefully, dude gets with Preemo next time to add that head nod factor. We all know motherlovers ain’t listening to lyrics these days.

  • BigD

    Real recognize real, that’s why he won’t go platinum on his first week because ain’t that many real niggaz outhere. there is way too many dumb motherfuckers outhere that only listen to pure garbage. You can’t blame the industry for putting bubblegum rappers on the map after all, because that’s what these niggers want right, by niggers i don’t mean black people. if you don’t know what it means wikipedia it niggers.

  • MIAMI NIGGA

    Nice post. I think one day Nas will truly be reconized for what he has done. Song for song noone has a better catalog than him. I think you made some good points especially about him being revolutionary but still wanting to be fly. People always trying to place others in a box of what they think things are suppose to be like.

    1 LUV to real music

  • Creala

    That is so true people don’t recognize the positive things that Nas has done for Hip-Hop.
    It’s also not the just kids of today, it’s also grown ass adults who don’t appreciate people like Nas, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def etc… But the people care about the rappers who talks money, cars, jewelry and disrecpecting are women on these songs and videos. But, just like Nas said, their in their 2nd Childhood.

  • bakerboi

    Couldn’t agree with you more, but in the grand scheme of things for those of us who know what real hip hop is, it’s up to us to keep that shit going and letting everyone know, yo! go pick that whoever up, spitting real fire. just like the gospel, when you hear the truth you got to go speak the truth and let everyone know how,what,where,who is the truth and why they are the truth.

  • http://www.bakerboi.wordpress.com bakerboi

    Couldn’t agree with you more, but in the grand scheme of things for those of us who know what real hip hop is, it’s up to us to keep that shit going and letting everyone know, yo! go pick that whoever up, spitting real fire. just like the gospel, when you hear the truth you got to go speak the truth and let everyone know how,what,where,who is the truth and why they are the truth.

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  • cbshine

    that was real shit billy sunday

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

    i didn’t enjoy untitled very much, but i enjoyed the n-word tape.

    this is a great post billy.

  • http://youtube.com/blakkfeet Rosco

    I like nas too, but u holdin dat nigga nuts.

  • daz_oc

    does anyone know where i can download be a n!66er too?? all the spots i have found have had it removed……someone help me

  • daz_oc

    does anyone know where i can download be a n!66er too?? all the spots i have found have had it removed……someone help me

  • daz_oc

    and im lookin for the original version not the one thats on the mixtape

  • MOI

    i respect Nas for making a really uncompromising album and trying to say something socially and politically relevant. however, i think he sounds really obvious and rudimentary on many of the songs–”sly fox” is probably the best example. the problem is with the execution certainly not with the intent or sentiment behind what he’s doing.

    for older hip-hop heads too, a lot of what he’s saying was covered on fear of a black planet, death certificate, O.G., and a lot of albums from that era. but i can’t knock the new era either–someone needs to try and say something of at least a little substance for them, or at least to try.

    just my two cents. peace.

  • http://myspace.com/marko4aoc Marko-V

    NAS is definitely one of the most brilliant rappers to control the mic however, he suffers from basic beats. He’s so in touch lyrically that his overall music has suffered these last few albums and I feel cheated because as an artist, he must grow all around. True, he has taken risks that very few if any, would take in this rap game but the overall product suffers when it doesn’t surpass the last. Untitled is has great intentions and definitely was timeworthy so it deserves to be in any Hip-Hop collection whether you like all the songs or not because at the end of the day it’s all about capturing moments and no one on this post can not tell me this album did not capture a moment in time. It’s the only reason I BOUGHT the album and did not steal it. I had to have the cover, read the credits and put it in my album along with all the other great cds I can pass down to my future kids and grand kids and tell em how in 2008 we had our first Black President and the tides shifted for our people.
    get at me: myspace.com/marko4aoc

  • BIGNAT

    the problem is balance within people nowadays it does nto exist. you either hate a man for what he has or you want his stuff but don’t wanna work for it. you want nas to drop a hit but don’t wanna hear the message. i hate that some people for this album said nas has changed that he went to the extremes with his message. it’s basically been the same except from one album nastradmus. i was told though that the original version was good and the crap that was in stores. was a rush job because the orginal got leaked. i like that nas did this album and he did it well. also the beats on it are not bad i don’t know what the fuck some people are talking about. i guess lil wanye tricked you into thinking that milli joint was a good beat. i got that be a nigga too video version audio rip and added it as the last song on my untitled.

  • BklynBandette

    Great Post Billy Sunday! Real Talk. And I Love & Respect Everyone’s Feedback. Great Dialogue.

  • Tony Grand$

    Nas is an interesting cat. His career has lasted much longer than the average one-hit wonder types, and that alone is quite an accomplishment. He’s appearantly intelligent, articulate and opinionated about very relevant things in todays world. Always has been. And that,also, is not the easiest thing to do in this fickle society. Now, true NaS fans will note that he has always tried to conform to the current flavors, from then to now, no matter how awkward it was for us to digest. I can’t knock the nigga for that. @ least he was tryin to stay with the giddy up, and somehow he remained Nasty NaS. Those of us who truly fucked with his music can spot the messages in his “pop ya cris’, pop ya gun, getcha doe” songs, as well as “Black girl lost”, “I can”, “I gave u power”, etc. He may possibly be one of hiphop’s greatest dichotomies. A walking contradiction. But for those who take hiphop for face value, w/o to much dissectin, he is exactly what most MC’s aspire to one day become. A poet. A voice. An escape artist with words, able to remove any trace of our reality, and transport us n2 his imagination. Assuming u take everybodys words seriously, he’s like the worlds greatest liar. But there’s a problem in that thinking process. Hiphop began as a means to take us away from the reality that’s hounds and pounds us. It started off as a vehicle that led us from the duldrums of life. It released us into places where we could get to or would rather not actually be, either or, it was our escapism. Say it with me; Entertainment. All of the sudden the mainstream media outlets have an army full of hypnotized minds walkin around mumblin the word “real” over and over. We’ve been hoodwinkled, bamboozled, clusterfucked even! Does it all have to teach and preach? Does it all have to be true to life accounts of grisly murda and mayhem? Do we have to take one man’s journey thru his own world so fuckin serious? I hope not, cuz that means my rap collection is null and void! That’s too much pressure for one nigga to shoulder. He’s a proverbial artist, who’s canvas is our comprehension, and gottdamnit, that’s a skill! His catalogue is a spectrum of creativity, not the lost books of the bible (or koran, or whatever). He pisses on the toilet seat just like I do. Now when he starts rappin terrrrrible, instead of just havin obscure subjects or mediocre beats, then we have a problem. He aint runnin for mayor of the universe, he just a nigga who’s nice with a pen and pad. That’s all. Let him have that. I will. Just kick back and listen to a nigga with a knack of fire spittin. And relax dudes, its only music !?!……

  • fg

    iam a nas fan .i was feeling this album more than his last couple of joints.in fcat its the ony nas album i have liked since stillmatic

  • NAWLEDGE

    I cosingn with everything Billy said. Good post.

    And let me add

    NIGGER >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> C3 ALL DAY.

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

    I’m still waiting for the hype to die down a bit before I listen. All my people who have the album say it’s a solid album. Too bad most people don’t know what that is anymore. We’re in an era of “ringtone albums” right now. The object is to make as many hits that sound like your biggest, and to get dumber with each step down on the tracklist until the listener either kills himself or the audio fades or cuts out.

    The endurance and remaining importance of Nas is the story here. Most rappers with the same years since their first major album release and today are no longer around. Where are they now?

    Nas is keeping the lights on in NY.

    And 239 killed dubbz with the comeback.
    Nolo.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Tony Grand$,
    See that is what I am talking about, but it ain’t just music and it ain’t just entertainment.

    NaS doesn’t have just the luxury of treating rap simply for bullshit. NaS obligates himself to show images of real, REAL life on the canvas.

    There is NO contradiction. Man, the original asiatic Black man is the DNA for life on the planet. This includes everything that man is and can be. Good, bad, trife, vainglorious. All that and a bag of chicken wings from Kum Kau, the Chinese kitchen in Brooklyn.

    [ll] to a place called Kum Kau.

    True story is that NaS ain’t the only real nigga left, but he is mos def holding that lighter up so people could see where he at in all the confusion.

    It’s your (and mine) responsibility to figure out how to do the right thing in the confusion, or we will remain confused.

  • John Galt

    BXS’ excellent post, and the resulting dialogue, demonstrate that there are plenty of people out there who thirst for someone with true vision, inspiration and creativity, and the willingness to impart it. That’s not just for music — it’s art, literature, acting, education, athletics, politics… all walks of life.

    Nas, to me, embodies our struggle and what we all strive to be in our lives and careers, or at least we should. Who among us would not want to mix intelligence, confidence, individuality and determination with sheer, unadulterated talent?

    Dismissing Nas’ words because of his beat selection is to me akin to dismissing Faulkner because of the font he uses in his books. But people who do this need not worry — for every one Nas, there are 10,000 Lil’ Whatevers out there to placate them on their way back to the Land of Ignorance.

  • Gorrilah

    Fuck nas he wont even sell more than BRA Weeezzy.As for internet bully aka u suck a dick since u like nas so much why dont let him fuck your mom for a change or let him adopt your broke ass motherfucker and teach u some stupid rhymes since u like rapping so much.Hey xxl when is my man Shine getting out at least put some article about him?Fuck nas.

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      WHAT IT DO GORRILAH AKA PORCH MONEY… MAD AT NAS HUH? ITS OK TO LIKE WEEZY… GEORGE JEFFERSON DID TOO. YOU WANNA SHOW OFF WHAT DADDY BOUGHT YOU OVER THE WEEKEND? A PAIR OF MATCHING KNEE PADS SO YOU AND Ebitch WONT HAVE ASHEY KNEES WHEN YALL HIT THE TRACK MONDAY. SHINE? YOU LIKE IT MORE OR LESS? YOU BANANA BREAD, PICKLE SANDWICH EATING MONKEY.

  • Rich Arte

    BXS…that’s what I’m talkin my nigga. I was about to write a blog myself after listenin to the album. I’m feelin it track for track because he pushes the envelope inside everyone’s mind. On a day-to-day basis no one really thinks about the stranglehold the anglo-saxon tries to grasp in not only America, but the world! There are so many blatant injustices in America, and the powers that be want us to accept it as life. I say fuck that.

    This cd is more than music..it’s revolution. We as a people will evolve, and I hope it is with the election of Barack Obama. Everyone vote. And buy the cd, that bar code is casting a vote. I bought the bootleg but I’m coppin the real thing (fuck first week sales).
    And BXS, you can help the progression of black (and white) people also, because you too have a platform. It saddens me to read your drops sometimes and you throw around the word “nigger” like you’re a old Southern white woman who can’t stand black people. Don’t degrade us any longer; you make white people think it’s cool, which adds fuel to racism. (the homie illseed calls it the “n” word..)If all your drops were like this, you could possibly go down as “the most revolutionary blogger” at the blogger awards…gtfoh.

    Get the message people. Let’s rise as a people, white people on the high horse…look up cuz we on elephants..on dubs….wit spinners.

  • Danny

    Amen Billy, Amen!!

  • Gorrilah

    So nas album will liberate us as Black people from the mental slavery is that it Rich Arte?Let me give u an idea about the word Revolution that not on the dictionary.Revolution is when a young ni**ger without a dad takes that father figure position in his small household and puts food on the table for his mom and siblings.Revolution is when a young ni**ger from the small hood battles it out publicly on the rap battlesfield with old faggots like nas,gayzee,ice t,ll coolj etc cause they dont wanna him a chance.Revolution is when a young crack addict mother is trying by all means to come clean for her young kids.If u want to see the real meaning of the word Revolution come to my hood ni**ger.So fuck nas

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      NOBODY WANT TO SEE GORRILAH AKA PORCH MONKEY DANCE FOR A BANANA AT THE ZOO. SHOUT OUT TO Ebitch AKA DICK RIDEN HATER. THE REVOLUTION IS WHAT YOU DID TO CHANGE YOUR SELF FROM A BOY TO A BITCH. INTERNET BULLY STRIKES AGAIN. . . IF I CATCH YOU JUMPING AROUND MY HOUSE AGAIN CRANKING THAT SOLDJA BOY IMMA CRANK MY FOOT IN YOUR ASS.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Rich Arte,
    Two things I need you to do the knowledge on.

    First, I don’t believe in revolution, but in evolution. The only thing that you get from revolving is spinning around in the same place.

    Second, the word nigger is what white originally called other white. It describes a vocation and not a race of people. Over the years the term has been bastardized and then adopted by Blacks because of our constant victimization status.

    I want white to use the word nigger, especially in the true historical sense. When I see white calling each other nigger again I know that word will be put in its proper place. Evolution can’t happen with Black folks all by themselves. Shit has to go down worldwide. Everyone has to throw off their mental shackles and their cowardice.

    Go ahead and get you some of this knowledge and stop being ashamed of the word nigger.

    Whites Were The Original Niggers…

  • StreetTalk83

    Aight, you’re right! Wack Hip-Hop is blanketing every community across the country nowadays! And its definitly not a North/South, East/West thing. But who is pumping out majority of the music these days? Its true that niggas are trying to keep up with the South and they’re compromising the quality of their music! I say that to say this, I BLAME ALL OF HIP-HOP! FROM THE ARTIST TO THE FANS!!!!!!

  • http://XXLMAG SOUTHSIDE LONDON

    NAS ALBUM IS DOPE,I LEARNED SOME SHITE,YOU CAN PUT THIS ALBUM IN YOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR STUDY,ITS NOT RYDER MUSIK BUT ITS REFRESHIN FOR TRUE HIP-HOP HEADS SINCE GRADUATION….LIL WAYNE AL B IS SOLID(NO DROUGHT)

  • Tony Grand$

    Billy, evolution not revolution is mos def what’s up! I think that concept has been misconstrued so severly that its overlooked but still implied, niggas want change but have no idea how to start the process. It almost seems like we begin, as a people, but end up inadvertantly stoppin the process because we gettin tired of spinning around. True indeed that’s motion but not forward. I believe Nasir represents constant motion of the black man’s plight. He does emcompass our struggle, especially when so many shallow people refuse to look pass his skills as an emcee, or how many numbers he gon end up doin. The man is truly makin efforts to begin forward motion for us. I’ve never gave half a damn about how many albums he sold becuz there’s always a diamond in the rough. Its funny how individuals get stuck on who is better than or who’s nicer than him. And that’s where he begans to evolve, becuz he might be the illest mc (alive) and he doesn’t let that be the foundation of his existence in the music industry. That nigga is bigger than rap music, and like u said, he can’t just take his position as bullshit. That would be a great talent (not just rap yall) wasted, when a generation is unknowingly thirsty for coherent leadership (not just the BRA). Now if only we can get it through our heads that he’s more than an emcee. This a first class post by the way Mr. Sunday. And to the hateraders, keep on drinkin if u want but Nas is the best rapper alive.