Nas
Let It Go

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On a chilly autumn evening, Nasir Jones is tucked into the penthouse lounge in the famed Chung King recording studios building. The room is standard studio issue—oversized black leather couches, big-screen TV, dusty ashtrays and dog-eared magazines—except for the view.

Stretching ahead for miles below is Manhattan in all its majestic, glittering glory, and standing tall and defiant is the Empire State building, aglow in red and yellow to commemorate the start of the fall season. It’s a postcard view, an opening-shot-of-a-big-budget-movie view. A publicist in attendance oohs and aahs, but Nas—bundled up in a thick gray hoodie, black bubble vest and jeans—is totally unfazed. The only thing he’s focused on at the moment is finally finishing his highly anticipated Def Jam debut, Hip-Hop Is Dead—that and making sure his wife of nearly two years, R&B fly girl Kelis, has her house keys. He calls her “baby girl”—she calls him “love.” As he exhales smoke from his Cohiba (Nas has cut down on blunts considerably and now enjoys the occasional cigar), she waves it away with a playful “Peee-eww.” They make plans to meet up for a late dinner after his session, and she’s off, keys in hand. Their five-minute interaction will be the most animated that the famously low-key MC will be all night.

Fresh out of Queensbridge projects, Nas catapulted to rap fame with 1994’s Illmatic. At the tender age of 20, he was an introverted brooder who could create vivid urban stories with a sense of wisdom beyond his years, a gifted street poet with a heavy heart. Over a number of lackluster follow-up albums, though, he seemed to fall into a perpetual identity crisis—was he the flashy gangsta don Escobar or the messianic Afrocentric prophet Nastradamus? The sensitive soul of “Project Windows” or the crass playboy of “You Owe Me”? While he alienated early diehards, beefed with his peers and caught loads of critical flack, he remains on most top five (dead or alive) MC lists, 12 years since his brilliant arrival.

Last year, at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena, Nas surprised the hip-hop world when he took the stage with his most prominent antagonist, Jay-Z, for a live version of “Dead Presidents”—nearly five years after Jay’s “Takeover” and Nas’ “Ether” set a new standard for battle rap. In the weeks following the concert, it was announced that Nas had negotiated a joint venture between Sony (parent company of his longtime label, Columbia) and the label Jay-Z had taken over since retiring from recording, Def Jam. The former rivals appeared together on MTV and said the release of Nas’ eighth album was imminent. Originally slated for September ’06, Hip-Hop Is Dead was rap’s most anticipated event of the year. Reports of beats by Dr. Dre, DJ Premier and Kanye West surfaced, as well as a Salaam Remi track titled “Where Y’All At.” But there was no video, no photo shoot, no radio singles. September came and went without a Nas album.

And then Jay-Z came out of retirement.

Fans, critics, bloggers and rappers alike wondered if the rap star–turned–label prez was purposefully undermining Nas’ return to triumph his own. It wasn’t inconceivable, given the complaints voiced by Def Jam artists the Roots and Method Man—who bemoaned the lack of support from their boss on their projects. (Both albums were released with little promotion and suffered miserable sales.) LL Cool J enlisted 50 Cent to spearhead his next project, as a way to distance himself from the label, accusing Jay of only being good at promoting Jay.

But Nas stayed quiet and kept working. Driven by his complicated love of rap and his concern about its future, he scrapped tracks and redid them, hooked up with Snoop, The Game and will.i.am, and recorded the collabo with Jay that everyone’s waiting on. Now in the final stretch, Nas leans back in the cushy studio sofa and relights his stogie. Surprisingly candid throughout the interview, he’ll share his hopes and fears about his return to the spotlight. He’ll discuss the holdup of his album and explain its controversial title, as well as the prospect of the tell-all book penned by the mother of his child, Carmen Bryan—who was once cited by Jay-Z in some very personal diss rhymes. He’ll talk about his relationship with his former rival, expound the benefits of marriage, defend the contradictions he’s been so criticized for, and talk about why sometimes he’d rather go fishing than make records.

Imagine that.

nas2.jpgSo what’s the story behind the delay of the album?
I was overexcited… I wanted it to come out my birthday. I wanted it to come out the day Tupac died. I wanted it to come out Halloween. And then it went to November. Then, ahh… You know, I knew Jay was coming out in November, so it was either I was gonna come the seventh and he rock the end of the month or end the year off. I felt like I wasn’t ready for November, so let’s do December. Two different months.

Do you feel like the hype surrounding Jay’s return takes away from you?
Nah, it was, uhh… It’s not his fault. I was supposed to be ready, but I didn’t feel like releasing it at the time. I didn’t even do a photo shoot. I ain’t do nothing. You know what I’m saying? And he was ready, so he’s coming. I think, one time, we even talked about it. He said people are going to criticize him for coming and shit, and we just laughed about it. You know, Jay is a serious dude. He needs a month to himself, and I need a month to myself. Him coming on time is perfect, and then I come in with the icing on the cake and end the year off. It’s perfect for me. A lot of people were getting it the wrong way, but this actually worked out better for me.

So the song with you and Jay, “Black Republican,” is—
It’s on some rap shit. [Laughs] It’s on some rap shit.

Were you guys in the room together when you did it?
Yeah, heavy. No other way. I was having a slow day in the studio, and he swung by, and it turned into a party. It turned to good times ’cause that was our first moment. It was an easy vibe.

So you guys have recorded together, been seen on double dates together, and you joined him on tour overseas. Are you building a friendship?
It ain’t about trying to build a friendship, because, umm… I don’t think rappers got into it to be friends. We got music to make, history to make and things to do. Honestly, I’d rather just be with K. Her and me, we ride out. Other than that, I got my homies, and I got my comrades. There’s camaraderie in rap, and there’s competition, and there’s history to be made, and [Jay and I] understand that, and that’s what it is. There’s a respect thing between each other.

Speaking of Kelis. Seems like marriage is treating you well. Is it true you two might have your own reality show?
Oh, most definitely a possibility.

You’re not worried about all the other couples that have done reality shows and ended up getting divorced?
I don’t know why other people did it. The reason that it could be possible for me is that I want someone to take all the footage of me, edit it up so I can watch it. I wanna see it. I’ma probably hide once it’s out. It might help me with hanging out, and I think it would be therapeutic and help me start, you know, doing more stuff. I’m not used to the TV shit and all that. I like the arts, but I really don’t like all the craziness from it.

Yeah. I gotta tell you, I read an early copy of your baby mama’s tell-all book.
Ha, ha. Oh really? Shit.

Do you know what it’s about?

Me?

Pretty much.
[Laughs] Well, I’ve learned not to be surprised by what people do no more.

She implies she sparked the original beef between you and Jay.
She didn’t spark anything. She was an NYC girl running through the streets. We were both young, and whatever she did is her business. I was a young dude in the rap game, and I was running around and didn’t have time for a family. She’s gonna say what she’s going to say about it. I don’t really remember it. I think it’s mean when you do shit just to play somebody, but I don’t know. [Shrugs] I’m cool with whatever she wants to do. She’s lying or maybe she’s not lying—I have no idea. God bless her.
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Read the rest of our interview with Nas in XXL’s January/February 2007 issue (#88)

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    First?

  • BIG

    second?

  • Germ

    2nd?

  • Germ

    I don’t even think people read the article after it’s posted. They just zoom down to the bottom hoping to be one of the first three so they can throw their number up. How corny…

  • Joe Abay

    i dun see why people wanna be first

  • HIP HOP!!!!

    Germ Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 12:42 pm
    I don’t even think people read the article after it’s posted. They just zoom down to the bottom hoping to be one of the first three so they can throw their number up. How corny…

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    Cosign

    Those fucking idiots!!!!!!!

  • Therapist

    now, I enjoy Jeezy as much as the next man… but splitting the Nas cover??? with Jeezy at that?? come on man that’s disrespectful…

  • http://itsme40calkissyahoo.com DOCDIGGY

    Nas has held his own. He has 6 out 7 albums that have went platinum. How many artists can say that. How many artist can say they have 7 albums period, let alone to have all of them except one to go plat. That one may have went plat by now. Nas is a hell-cat. A fucking beast!

  • Crazy H

    Yeah… what type of gay shit is that? Shoot man…

  • THE ONE

    I don’t even think people read the article after it’s posted. They just zoom down to the bottom hoping to be one of the first three so they can throw their number up. How corny…
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    You aint neva lied…Nas Is the fuckin nicest lyracist of all time.

  • face mob

    nas is gonna have the tightest albulm of the tear fuck young jizzhead

  • g

    Nas is the king

  • Killa

    NAS SIGNING TO JAY Z LABEL IS A DISGRACE. WE’LL SEE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS HOW MUCH OF A DISGRACE IT IS WHEN NAS FLOPS. HIS NEW SHIT “HIP HOP IS DEAD” IS VERY WEAK TO BE A LEAD SINGLE. AND HE CALLS MOBB DEEP HIS LITTLE DUNS, THEY PROBABLY HAVE $$$$ THAN HE DOES

  • http://www.myspace.com/3ndles3records myspace/3ndles3records

    nas is nice!

  • The Legend (Mont)

    Nas is the illest solo MC of all time (just my opinion tho’) …but the lead single “Hip Hop is Dead” uses the same beat from “Thief’s Theme”?!! WTF …that Will I Am cat could have been more creative ….where was Just Blaaazze!

  • J S-O-T

    how can he say all Nas albums after “Illmatic” were lacklustre?, i like all of em’ except “Nastradamus”, no doubt they ain’t on “Illmatic” level but what i like about Nas is all of his albums sound different production wise. gotts give credit to him for havin the balls to go against the formula that made the best rap album ever (illmatic) an try something new.

    ……..HHID sounds fresh, apart from that same sample that was on “Streets Disciple”

  • UK FAMO

    you know the album will be FIRE!!! Nas is heavy.

    As for them collaborating: They did it for HIP-HOP and I love that, for us as well….people need to get a grip of themselves if they’re still pissed he signed with DEF JAM

  • ceezy4sheezy

    yeah right i bet nas outsells what mobb deep whole g-unit album did in a week that song he got with game and dre is serious

  • Keith Bless

    It was interesting to read what Nas had to say about his September release date. And Jay’s release date. Now everyone knows that things are cool. And we know now that they recorded “Black Republicans” in the studio together. But the song wasn’t strong enough for their first (and you never know, possibly last) track together. I heard no real chemistry in that track. I was expecting both of them to breath more life into the mic. Nas was right, that track was on some rap shit, but New York shit would have been better. I wish we could see a “The Big Apple” or “Kings.” Man, these niggas need to quit playin’. And a reality show, maybe, but I wouldn’t do it. Nigga ain’t broke. I mean, maybe he feels that he needs to be on T.V. more, but, shit, give us a powerful video and everything’ll be straight. But other than these words, out.

  • pmahallik

    It wasnt a good interview.

  • Luqman

    illmatique le meilleur album hip-hop de tout les temps.We love nas up in canada even in marseille france,the illmatic album was the fuckin threat to all u fake fucks in the industry and still is.Nas i love what u did back then,don’t fuck up!

    dont come out on some Jay shit(no disrespect to u jay)u are what u are.

    nas!just be u…

  • Killa

    nas is dead , why the fuck would you recycle a “thiefs theme”
    this song is wack & hella boring the video is tired as hell

    hip-hop is alive… nas is dead

  • chizamp

    Big ups to nas man…this is history in the making yall…2 of the best mc’s tossing their beef aside for something bigger then the both of them… getting together on some hip hop shit…thats what it is

  • Gama

    Why did jay-z get his own cover and nas had to share? young cheesy already had a cover this year. but anyway that nas article is the truth i actualy got that picture of him lighting a cigar as a wallpaper hella gangsta. friends and enemies be prepared god son is coming!

  • Tyler

    Nas gets much respect, rom me anyway. I don’t agree wit’ getting down wit’ Jay but still keepin’ the beef wit’ 50 who once kinda look’d up 2 him? I understand making a slick business move but how did getting down wit’ Jay payoff when it’s all said and done? If anything it helped Jay more cause he had lost the battle between the 2 and 4 all we know Jay may have help his ex come out wit’ that book cause from what she is sayin’ she is making Jay look like a Don, and not Nas.
    I hope Nas album is the shit cause we are riding wit’ homie. He seems like a good dude. Peep the musical heat and vibes at:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • kisha

    i loved the article with nas. he’s so real even in his complexity. i think he said it best when he said we’re so caught up in what’s fake that it’s hard to distinguish what “real” really is. no one’s one-dimensional … if you are, you’re boring and probably simple. nice article!

  • Rodjilius

    i got nuttin to say except nas is gonna retire soon probably

  • HITMAN

    Simply brilliant NAS…Must trow in Hip-Hop iz Dead…Whenz tha drop date…Tha N…Hez very politically correct…sumthang I hope happenz wit age 4 me…Nas iz one on tha greatest…must excuze me 4 my shotz at Jay, sum timez my triez R outside tha lines…I hate thinkin like this, but tha same group Kingdom waz marketed 2…Hip-Hop iz dead should flow threw…ya feel me???…Az 4 them bookz…Well, Hos gotta eat 2…MORE FISH…God Bless…Even thow they talkin shit, they dont realize they R helpin U sell…thatz hippocritical in itz own right…sumtimez a little bit of bad must B done 4 a greater goodness

  • jacquez
  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    So you guys have recorded together, been seen on double dates together, and you joined him on tour overseas. Are you building a friendship?
    It ain’t about trying to build a friendship, because, umm… I don’t think rappers got into it to be friends. We got music to make, history to make and things to do. Honestly, I’d rather just be with K. Her and me, we ride out. Other than that, I got my homies, and I got my comrades. There’s camaraderie in rap, and there’s competition, and there’s history to be made, and [Jay and I] understand that, and that’s what it is. There’s a respect thing between each other.
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    Bullshit

    Ever watch the movie Empire?

    Thats nas and J is the white dude.

    Nas wants to be on the other side of the fence. Jay persuaded him to come on his side of the street. No more blunts Nas? Now its cohibas?

    Nas my niggas but he shitted on himself by partnering with Jay. Please Nas tell me im dreaming…wake me from this nightmare called a career move…”we have history to make together”??????

    The sad thing is Im a fan of nas…salvage your rep my nigga…

  • J MOS

    Nas better come with it and sell, cuz I hate the signing with Jay shit, and the recycled thief’s theme beat. Why would he put out the same beat as a lead single to this album which is supposed to be great? Is it a preview of what’s to come on the album? Is it a theme of we’ve heard it before or what? I hope that he comes with some fresh shit, some of that premo classic shit. From what he’s leaked nothing’s really extaordinary.

  • LANDIGGY

    Man nas is my boy he is probaly the illest rapper I have ever heard but damn this dude is one of the worst I mean the worst business men to ever come to hip hop with all his fame, groups etc he coud have been wayyyyyyyyyyyy bigger than he is now I mean it always seem like the dude is going backwards why would you take your own beat from the past and put out a new single to it man do you like staying where you are at I mean its time for you to grow up man on the business side of things. You got all this hype do something with it man for real I’m praying for god son.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    “Mobb Deep signing to G-Unit is a disgrace to hip-hop. I love them little brothers, but don’t speak on Nas. It doesn’t make sense. You learned from me. That’s the bottom line.” ~ NAS

    …and what was you partnering with Jay-z…history???

    *holds hands to face and shakes head in disgust*

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    LANDIGGY Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 3:38 pm
    Man nas is my boy he is probaly the illest rapper I have ever heard but damn this dude is one of the worst I mean the worst business men to ever come to hip hop with all his fame, groups etc he coud have been wayyyyyyyyyyyy bigger than he is now I mean it always seem like the dude is going backwards why would you take your own beat from the past and put out a new single to it man do you like staying where you are at I mean its time for you to grow up man on the business side of things. You got all this hype do something with it man for real I’m praying for god son.
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    Im a die hard Nas fan and Weezy fan…but Im also real…therefore call a spade a spade…

    We need a new segment on VH1 regarding moves made by these rappers call it…”What Were They Thinking”…

  • GetReal

    “QB TRUE G” JUST GOT TAKEN OFF NAS ALBUM.

    IT IS A CALABO WITH THE GAME PRODUCED BY DR. DRE.

    IS 50 CENT REALLY THAT POWERFULL?

    FIRST DRE DROPS THE MULTI PLAT ARTIST FROM HIS LABEL, AND THEN THIS….

    DRE IS 50′S PUPPET.
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  • Atl’s own

    Not really into Nas.

    I prefer Outkast above all else!

    But so far every thang i’ve heard with the exception of Black Republican(this is undoubtly an oxymoron) is dat fie.

    He might fuck around and catch sum sales from down here if he keep dis up.

  • HITMAN

    I dont work wit any mutha fuka that carriez around a blue shield!!!

  • FlowAboveAverage

    Nas is the realist most humble dude in the game.

    If you idiots havent noticed he doesnt give a fuck about what you lame ass internet bloggers think of him signing with jay, or him recyclying the same beat to use on his first single. Nas’s interest lyes in living HIS life and making HIS music the way he wants to. Hip-Hop thanks you Mr. Nasir Jones.

  • LANDIGGY

    Bro why are you getting offended by us stating what we feel are facts the reason why we have blogs is so we can converse abou the subject they put in front of us so act as if your mom raised you as a man. flow below average.

  • LANDIGGY

    P.S my favorite nas album is stillmatic I mean that’s probaly my favorite album of all time the beats the subject matter the diss .

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    FlowAboveAverage Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 4:11 pm
    Nas is the realist most humble dude in the game.

    If you idiots havent noticed he doesnt give a fuck about what you lame ass internet bloggers think of him signing with jay, or him recyclying the same beat to use on his first single. Nas’s interest lyes in living HIS life and making HIS music the way he wants to. Hip-Hop thanks you Mr. Nasir Jones.
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    I have no problem with his music…its the moves he made outside the booth that puzzle me…its hard for me to take a man’s word on something when he does stuff like that…Im one of the biggest Nas fans…but again I call it how I see it…Real Talk(Its ok to trust me Andre3000)…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    LANDIGGY Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 5:04 pm
    P.S my favorite nas album is stillmatic I mean that’s probaly my favorite album of all time the beats the subject matter the diss .
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    Mines too…i dont know why people say Illmatic was his best

    1.)Stillmatic
    2.)It was Written
    3.)I AM
    4.)Illmatic
    5.)ect…

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Therapist Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 12:56 pm
    now, I enjoy Jeezy as much as the next man… but splitting the Nas cover??? with Jeezy at that?? come on man that’s disrespectful…

    COSIGN

  • jonjon–23

    How can Flowaboveaverage say that Nas doesn’t give a fuck about what we think? You idiot, without the fan’s money and support, this nigga might be working at Burger King. I do think he is a top notch rapper though. I also think the only reason Jay Z signed him is to ultimately prove he (Jay) won the battle (even though he didn’t). Think about it “I’m your boss”.

  • blaQ

    Nas is that n&gga…he dont front like some homo-thug(dipset0 or beef over some stupid sh7t….he’s married, he’s paid and he’s good. He makes good music and thats all i need. Hip Hop is dead=CLASSIC.
    OH, BTW…F&%K CARMEN BRYAN…THAT STANK HOE SNITCH!!

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT….DECEM

  • blaQ

    Nas is that n&gga…he dont front like some homo-thug(dipset0 or beef over some stupid sh7t….he’s married, he’s paid and he’s good. He makes good music and thats all i need. Hip Hop is dead=CLASSIC.
    OH, BTW…F&%K CARMEN BRYAN…THAT STANK HOE SNITCH!!

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT….DECEM

  • blaQ

    Nas is that n&gga…he dont front like some homo-thug(dipset0 or beef over some stupid sh7t….he’s married, he’s paid and he’s good. He makes good music and thats all i need. Hip Hop is dead=CLASSIC.
    OH, BTW…F&%K CARMEN BRYAN…THAT STANK HOE SNITCH!!

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT….DECEM

  • blaQ

    Nas is that n&gga…he dont front like some homo-thug(dipset0 or beef over some stupid sh7t….he’s married, he’s paid and he’s good. He makes good music and thats all i need. Hip Hop is dead=CLASSIC.
    OH, BTW…F&%K CARMEN BRYAN…THAT STANK HOE SNITCH!!

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT….DECEM

  • blaQ

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH.

    GO COP THAT…DECEMBER 19TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dyvine Truth

    Nas is one of the illest hands down but what dudes need to realize this is a business it aint like it use to be in hip hop when illmatic dropped. Maybe us looking from the outside may think nas getting with Jay is a bad decision but only he knows his intensions for doing that. I don’t believe hip hop is dead but the creativity is dead. Rappers sometimes sacrifice creativity for trends that will sell…

  • Dr Flav

    I think some of you need to read the Nas interview on allhiphop.com from Nov, it will give you an understanding of how smart the business move he made was. He didnt sign to the Roc, He did a joint venture with Def Jam.

  • YONKERS

    nas is gonna embarass himself on his new album

  • kobe show

    I respect nas as an artist he’s a rap legend but thats were it STOPS

    Nas is a disgrace to all men around the world
    how the fuck, you gonna sign to a man (jay-z) that fucked your baby momma & skitted all over your daughters car seat ???
    how the fuck you gonna sign to someone that wanted to destroy/end your career ???

    Nas is confused nigga has the audacity to diss the mobb what a hypocrite

    “Mobb Deep signing to G-Unit is a disgrace to hip-hop. I love them little brothers, but don’t speak on Nas. It doesn’t make sense. You learned from me. That’s the bottom line.” ~ NAS

    …and what was you partnering with Jay-z…history???

    nah…. a real disgrace to hip-hop.

    THis is coming from a dissapointed a nas fan

  • boogs

    guess what clown the mobb move was stupid the mobb wasnt eating they had to sign to the unit jay destroyed them boys whole career why do u assholes keep saying nas signed to hov isnt la reid over there this guy been in the game for 12 yrs his money is right he eating good stop hating niggas is grown get of that little kid beef shit get MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mindright9

    To: Kobe Show in particular and everyone else in general…
    Get this through your thick skulls: NAS DID NOT SIGN TO OR WITH JAY. Nas did a joint venture with Island Def Jam/Universal Music Group. Nas is not on Rockafella (Jay’s lable). Def Jam existed way before and will exist long after Jay’s three year contract as President is up. Def Jam is not Jay’s lable; he is an employee of Def Jam (a very well paid one, no doubt). Nas is likely to be a Def Jam artist much longer than Jay will be President of Def Jam. Not to mention Jay isn’t even runnin’ Def Jam. Jay’s boss, Mr. LA Reid, is calling all the shots; Jay is more or less a figure head executive. The reality is he never really retired and he was told by his boss to put an album out 4th quarter- just like Ghost, Jeezy, etc.
    People need to stop being so emotional about another man’s career moves. If the music is good then enjoy it, if you don’t like his music, fine keep it movin.

  • blaQ

    yo, XXL how y’all gonna put nas on a joint cover with jeezy?? thats disrespect fam!

    yo, XXL how y’all gonna put nas on a joint cover with jeezy?? thats disrespect fam!

    yo, XXL how y’all gonna put nas on a joint cover with jeezy?? thats disrespect fam!

    yo, XXL how y’all gonna put nas on a joint cover with jeezy?? thats disrespect fam!

    yo, XXL how y’all gonna put nas on a joint cover with jeezy?? thats disrespect fam!

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money aka G-Unite

    my fav rapper doin his thizzang i got illmatic,gods son, and stillmatic and now hip hop is dead will be next and nas hes starting to dress like an old head these days i mean watch his video which by the way kinda dissapointed me because i was expectin more of either one mic or made you look but then again it wasnt that bad.

  • http://XXLmag.com Westside Money aka G-Unite

    blaq dog jeezy wack anyway open ya eyes and understand that jeezy makes music and “WE DONT LOVE IT OR HIM” because he wack.

  • kobe show

    jAY-Z FUCKED NAS BABY MOMMA & LEFT SEMEN ON NAS BABY DAUGHTERS CAR SEAT

    IS THAT THE GUY YOU CHOSE TO WORK FOR ?????

  • thaTRUTHstands

    nas is the truth! anyone peep “cant forget about you” featuring Chrisette Michele? STR8 FIYAH!

  • marlon

    xxl is wack for not giving nas his own cover. BET of magazines. I understand its all about sales but a little integrity guys. surprised 50′s not on the cover.

  • marlon

    and nas’s answer to the contradiction question is what makes him real. contradictary? versatility. these blingy rimmy idiots are a bunch a bojangles.

  • jonjon–23

    No matter what type of spin Nas puts on it, Jay Z is his boss and it really looks as though Jay Z lacks the skills and/or desire to promote any artist other than himself. Nas made a terrible move signing because I don’t think Jay Z has his best interest in mind. I believe in his heart he still has some resentment for Nas and becoming his boss was just a symbolic move to the public “Look, I’m running this Nigga”. Just sit back and watch over the next period of months, I’ll bet the honeymoon comes to an end. Jay Z is just like Micheal Jordan (not that he is the best rapper of all time) because he is a little self centered and won’t stop until he wears out his welcome.

  • http://msn.com Dan

    “Man nas is my boy he is probaly the illest rapper I have ever heard but damn this dude is one of the worst, I mean the worst business men to ever come to hip hop with all his fame”

    Completely agree…Ive heard a few tracks from hip hop is dead, and the fact that he chose the title track as the lead single was a poor choice…not only is it basically the same beat as thiefs theme,(which is a better track)it’s just not that hot..i dont know if that many people are gonna be feelin it enough to go out and buy the album. “Black Republicans” with Jay-z would be a great song to promote the album…i mean its hot, im telling ya..

  • DaMari

    AZ is better than NAS

  • All I KNOW

    ALL I KNOW is I BETTER,.. FUck THAT YALL NEED TO SEND ME THE NAS COPY AND I KNOW YOU CAN LINK MY EMAIL TO MY MAIL ADDRESS NO JEEZY FOR ME PLZ or ILL BOMB YA SET!!

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    T.I King of the south says…
    I dont care about Nas, I just do me, but if he is coming at the South, then he’s making a huge mistake, we control hip hop right now, he’d lose a lot of respect from his fans out here, he’s smarter than that, he should just play his position, keep making his Egyptian History rap while we make our money

  • INTERSCOPE JACKSON

    Its a disgraced how nas signed to jayz

    Nas was broke he been in the game 15 yrs street desciple didn’t even go gold wit 3 videos

    Mobb deep has more hot cds than nas
    Infamous classic 5 mics
    Hell on earth classic 5 mics
    Murda music classic 5 mics
    Americas nightmare
    Free agents
    H.n.I.c

    Nas has
    Illmatic
    It was written
    Stillmatic

    Nas it make a hot song since made u look
    Only nas stans would have u believe different nas should of retired after stillmatic
    nas is a bitch nigga before jay z dissed dem on takeover nas was dead jayz saved his career just like now
    Only hot song I heard from nas lately was black republican

    Cormega killed him
    Biggie warned him
    Nature called him
    Lake said he fake
    Jungle don’t have car still in qb
    Wiz is filling out job applications at dr.jays
    Ill will moms still live in queensbridge
    Esco clothes are garbage
    Jim jones smacked cuffie off
    Cam said he can’t come to harlem again
    Carmen exposed as a fruit cake sucker for love,women beater
    Tupac merked em
    Kelis is musty he married a hoe even pharrell said it
    Jayz showed him the blue print f*cked his babymoms make a song about and then signed him
    Nore hit him wit a flower pot
    50 cent came in the game 4yrs ago made 100 mil and a bigger star
    nas is jealous
    Come on nas is bi polar is he 5% or muslim or christian
    Is he for the kids I kno I can or is he about they shootin
    Nas was never a thug he steals rhymes for novel and movies even az said it
    He ne never had a life he made up one
    He swagga jacked rakim style while u think rakim would never work with him
    Rakim worked with mobb deep
    Prodigy from 95-2000 was on of the most feared mcs in hip hop
    Krs 1 did calabo with the mobb
    Camron did callabo with prodigy
    Big pun did callabo wit the mobb
    Rakim did callabo on mobb
    Fat joe did callabo with mobb
    Snoop dog did callabo with mobb
    Wu tang clan did callbo with mobb
    Method man was on hell on earth and they were on 2nd album
    Ghost face was on infamous
    Raekwon was on 4 mobb deep albums
    Tribe called quest did collabos
    Kool g rap did collabos
    Muggs did collabo with mobb
    Cypress hill did song with mobb
    Shyne did songs wit prodigy b4 locked up
    Eninem wanted to sign them b4 americaz nightmare
    50 cent sign them
    Biggie havoc did beats for life after death
    Pdiddy was in the videos and wanted to sign them

    These are all heaveywieghts nas don’t even get respect in the game like dat
    Men lies women lie numbers don’t
    An go check the flies prodigy merked 2pac on drop a gem on em
    And ended keith murray career on in the long run

    What’s gonna be nas excuse when he flops this time hip hop dead is hear worst single next to that hot garbage he had wit his dad
    Hiphop dead single make the clipse wamp wamp single look like “in the club”

    The death of escobar coming in 2 weeks

  • Groan

    Interscope Jackson? Nigga ur beats were banging ur hooks did it ur lyrics didnt ur gangsta look did it.

    Anyone who is real about hip-hop knows Nas is probably the equal of anyone who did it at his best. fuck hate, he’s a reclusive guy but he still rips the ic harder than anyone else today.

  • http://www.insanemacbeth.com Insane Macbeth

    NAS is THE SECOND COMING OF RAKIM, but will never be on THE 18th LETTER’s level line-4-line, concept for concept.

    i’d work with him though, on some “REWIND” sh*t!!!

    http://www.insanemacbeth.com
    http://www.myspace.com/officialinsanemacbeth

  • mef

    Interscope.
    Please shut the Fu#k up.
    It is pretty obvious you rides Mobb Deep dick all day.
    Nas Collabed on Cuban Links, on 4,5,6 + a lot more.
    Mobb deep, made one good album but recycled the lyrics from that album on all the others M.O.P style.
    Get a life sucker.

  • http://www.myspace.com/dendirty Den Dirty

    I was just as skeptical about Nas signing with Jigga as everyone else, but if they’re gonna make more tunes like Black republicans I ain’t gonna complain. His new album is serious Good way to kick off 07 putting the best rapper of all time (in my opinion) on the cover, South London’s feelin it!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=6526 boom

    chopper read

  • Beathemdown

    Interscope Jackson Get off Mobb Deep’s Dick. Both Nas and the Mobb put it down. Where you get all you information from you all these niggas that mention. You just a gullable fagit that believes all that industry bullshit.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    DaMari Says:

    December 5th, 2006 at 12:41 am
    AZ is better than NAS
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I think thats is part of the reason why Nas never has taken AZ up on the offer of doing an album together…he doesn’t wanna risk losing his position and letting everyone in mainstream know there is someone who could spit just as good as Nas

  • Rizzop

    The death of Esco? Ya’ll can say all you want about who like who, who swagger jacked who, who is this, who is that. Dont get me wrong, i love the mobbs music, but NAS has more content in his music, can tell a story better,and is just a more diverse artist. He can make that hood shit, or he can tell everyone to unite in the hood. The nigga can even make jazz songs with his pops!. Bottom line is dude is more than a rapper and even Jay-Z noticed it, You dont start beef with a nigga you think sucks, you aim high and go for the throne. Which is why you see niggas like 50, mobb, cormega and whomever going after him, and not the other way around! He so far above that bullshit its sad to see all these ‘GANGSTAS’ talk big shit but nobody aint dead…real ALWAYS recognizes real

  • KRITIQ

    hey yo interscope jackson better get your facts right son first of all Nas has about eight albums and not four plus mobb deep don’t have any five mikes while Nas has 2 five mikes for both stillmatic and illmatic I think you’d be much smarter if you actually read the interview instead of coming in here and right a lot of crap which shows how shallow you are.

    and street disciple went platinum for your information kid.

  • not your average

    Nas is a true poet and nobody can fuck with that and who gives a fuck who likes who that shit is ghey any way

  • Stax On Deck

    Nas A Pretty Cool Dude. He getz real deep. I will cop the album and see whatz up. But HIP HOP ain’t dead. Jay and Dude wasn’t gona bring it back by themselves if it was. Itz hard to call hip hop dead when all these great albums coming out this Fall and Winter. The Game, The Clipse, Jay, Nas, Weezy and Baby, Young Buck, Jim Jones, Jeezy, UGK, and Lil Scrappy dropping some heat.

  • 11kap

    He probably thinks Hip Hop is dead because brothers are not rapping about deep, intellectual stuff anymore, just the streets and sex.

  • LMAO

    Damn some of you dickheads sound like yall were born in 1985 and the first rap record you ever liked was some Master P/ Mase n Puff Daddy bullshit. How dare you wet behind the ears, Osh Kosh faggots speak ill of Nas, with all the classics this man has put out, he’s the last of a dying breed; true blue, superlyrical street poet MC’s with QB roots.

    all you born in 1985 and up dickheads need to stop listening to hip hop and get into death metal, or country, or ANYTHING other than this rap shit….you faggots buying Jibbs and Lil Wayne fast-food albums aren’t needed, and I would prefer if you all died horribly.

    and LMAOOOOO if T.I……fucking T.I.!!…..said that shit about Nas. This country backwoods hick fuck with a catalouge of 3 mic albums and 5th grader lyrics, rapping with a super-country accent needs to shut his fucking face. You arent hip hop, faggot. You’re crunk-techno-pop-hop. Don’t ever again in your life try to lump yourself in with hip hop, when there’s true legends who left a legacy like G Rap, Rakim, EPMD, NAS, Pac, etc. Keep getting your “money”…no one will remember you in 5 years, homo.

  • LMAO

    and ROFLLLL @ niggas sayin hip hop aint dead, then sayin Jim Jones, Baby/Weezy, and Lil Scrappy….look at these names!….are dropping “heat”. Hip Hop aint dead, it’s on life support, and you young faggots who dont know shit about hip hop, thinkin Tupac and Eminem started the shit, are the ones who will pull the plug. Die. All of you.

  • mikael

    NAS THE BOSS !

    YES LES MECS
    ICI C’est la France
    FROM FRANCE TO USA
    You don’t know the french rap ! is real because every rap is real
    because rap is real
    so you can understand a big emcee from french
    because the language is not a problem
    the flow is here too
    so : check it ! it’s just an exemple
    New school sound! but il y a aussi des old shool too …

    LOOk feat with US rapper because is good for the people us but after listen just the french rap … i don’t speak wery well english but the rap is the rap you know what i’m say !!!!

    Kool shen – Too shoot VI MY PEOPLE feat Big ali
    Ol kainry feat raekwon – de park hill from 91pise
    113 feat mobb deep – lécole du crime
    Rohff feat the game – Tof of the world

    Albums big sold in france, hardcore
    Booba – Ouest side
    Rohff – Au dela de mes limites
    Sinik – Sang Froid

    Mafia k’1 fry (it’s a crew hardcore) new album coming soon

    The rap is a lot OF good rapperz : so check rap all over the world
    and in France !
    iT’s a bizness and a market here too
    the second/third nation of the rap

    HIP-HOP MENZZ

  • HITMAN

    HIP-HOP IZ DEAD, Remix by Hitman

    Tha bigga tha bannanna
    Tha greata tha feelin
    Az I waz there in rapz beginin
    So I shall B there in Hip-Hop’s endz
    Iz he talkin bout clapin???
    Slap in tha clip of my A-K
    Abolish every fake M-C
    Abolish every fake M-C
    Or iz he talkin bout sexin???
    Like Marvin Gay wit sexual healin
    So high itz like breathin Helium
    Where in tha hell did I put my Lithium
    Seriouz az a heart attack, no breathin
    Talkin cardiac arest, pain in my chest
    Listen 2 my wordz az I teach lessonz
    Copz arrested rap, Hip-Hop’s in prizon
    Copz arrested rap, Hip-Hop’s in prizon
    ………………………………..
    Una mas like Spanish, Meanin hit me once more…….timeout, pause, rewind, push play, timein, game over hahahaha

  • HITMAN

    Yes, Im tha best of tha best
    No, I dont give a fok bout all that
    Maybe, I could just B a part
    To me thatz good enough

  • MRMETOO

    fuck nas

  • MRMETOO

    fuck nas

  • MRMETOO

    fuck nas

  • Prophecy_Projectz

    Really wish he replaced those Will I am and scott storch tracks with Just Blaze and Primo…

  • k

    Everyone on this page is gonna cop or download his album. Especialy the haters. Thats y u wastin ur time on this page.yall know yall like this nigga!

    “Certain cats, they wanna kill me, they ice grill me, but on the low niggas feel me”
    -Nas

  • http://www.myspace.com/pettie88 Larwence

    is it just me or does nas look like large professor in the radioactive video(in the first picture)

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  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    I’m glad to have Nas in the game, him and Jay are the smartest rappers out there. I can’t say they are my fav. when it comes to rap, but when it comes to intelligence, they got it all. I’m glad to see Nas has his shit right, I might just cop one of his albums!

  • Dom

    someone said sumthin about mobb deep havin more money than nas?? wtf does it matter hes the king fuck mobb deep they chased aster 50′s money and caught a brick on their last album,nas comes wid that real shit club deep is all about the club songs now

  • White-man

    I am interested in seeing how his album turns out.Could go either way

  • real one

    nas get’s respect. yhe rap game i controlled by old white men in offices. Fuck all these rappers who and the vagina
    niggaz that listen to them. alot of yall should be thankful that you can post comments. It;s a way of hiding and beefing. I wish ya’ll would speak that bull shit face to face. real rap is comming and be wary when you talk that shit better not be amongst real murders. I’ve sent people to the next life and I’m tired of you fake niggaz advocating real niggaz lives!! we don’t respect niggaz who get shot; real niggaz blast anybody and I mean any one!!

  • Jersey Boy

    INTERSCOPE JACKSON Says:

    December 5th, 2006 at 2:31 am

    Yo duke is a bitch I said it son on the duke u lame as hell

    Nas is the best !!!!!!!

  • trae bizzo

    I remember when Nas first video hit a show called Video LP Kiss or Diss it. he got dissed 4 out of 5 times, a month later 5 mics and crowned best lyricist. man, this one need to be the one i was pushed to the edge of the cliff wit nastradamus. Please don’t make me jump with this one.

  • trae bizzo

    Young ad-lib and Nas on the same cover;
    damn i guess you aint gotta earn nonthin nowadays.

  • Viski

    I’m one of the biggest 50 and g-unit fans out there but for “interscope jackson” to say nas sucks this and that is pure ignorance. Its not your beef and nas is one of the best that ever did it and his new shit like hustlers and black republican are unbelievable. stop hatin, dont be a fool its not your beef

  • http://R.I.P.obietrice wausaw

    rip obie

  • paper-chase

    i hope scott scortch timbaland just blaze, dre ,kanye west, pharell & neptunes produce most of the beats thats the only way he can top all of his albums

  • name

    nas greatest rapper ever
    hip hop is dead dec 19 cop a record!

  • EAST COAST

    PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT NAS MOVE TO DEF JAM IS A SMART BUSINESS MOVE! THINK ABOUT IT IDIOTS, JAY Z FAN BASE WILL BE NAS’S AS WELL AND VICE VERSA NOW…GET IT? NAS MIGHT PUSH 700000 UNITS THE FIRST WEEK TOO….SO ENJOY THE RETURN OF HIP HOP ON ALL SHELVES ON DECEMBER 19TH…..YEAH! NO MORE BUBBLE GUM MUSIC FROM JERMAINE DUPRI…PLEASE WE NEED TALENT…NOT JUST ANYBODY SHOULD GET A RECORD DEAL! ESPECIALLY NOT D4L, I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE IT! NOT HATIN’ EITHER!

  • BOL

    I eat shit.

  • polaco4984

    Nas is one of the realist since Pac. One

  • DaMari

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    I think thats is part of the reason why Nas never has taken AZ up on the offer of doing an album together…he doesn’t wanna risk losing his position and letting everyone in mainstream know there is someone who could spit just as good as Nas
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I feel you my dude. AZ is very heavily slept on. I personaly find NAS to be boring! I tried giving his whole catalogue a thoro listen but it didnt move me as much as HOVs catalogue. I have respect for the man and respect for what he contributed to hip-hop but thats it. HOV sumed it all up on TAKEOVER, he hit NAS with the most facts. Anyhow, AZ is just too nice with it! I belive that any true hip-hop head would know that from NAS & AZ, AZ is the nicest! I would really like to know what HOV thinks about AZ now, since there both from BK.

  • che

    I wanna see that reality show happen!

  • solo130

    man fuck nas he inspired me to rap and the reason i dont respect him no more 1.he revoked his possibility to be considered a king by signing under his nemisis jay-z

    2.tupac checked him infront of his queens bridge projects.
    3.jim jones slapped him 3 times

    4.since he aint made no money since still matic he drops a album called hiphops dead fu ck that ho e as s ni gga!

  • http://itsme40calkissyahoo.com DOCDIGGY

    INTERSCOPE JACKSON, THEIF’S THEME I REALLY WASNT FEELIN TO BE A DOUBLE-ALBUM, BUT THE SHIT WENT PLAT. CHECK YO SOURCES NIGGA. U JUST MAD CUZ G-UNIT (GAY UNIT) HAS BEEN TAKEN THE BACK SEAT TO ALL THIS OTHER SHIT. U CAN THANK D-BLOCK FOR THAT. THEY EXPOSED U AND YO CLIQUE MR INTERSCOPE. NAS IS ILL. IT MAKES IT LOOK WORSE ON JAY’S PART MORE THAN NAS, CUZ NAS ATE THAT NIGGA UP. JAY AINT MAKING NO MONEY OFF NAS. HIS DEAL ALREADY DONE. DEF JAM GONE MAKE MONEY OFF NAS. I MEAN WIT A SONG LIKE ETHER, THAT SHIT WAS TOO FUCKIN CRUCIAL.

    JAY SAID……………………….
    “I BEEN REAL ALL MY LIFE, THEY CONFUSE IT WIT CONCEIT. SINCE I WILL NOT LOSE THEY TRY TO HELP HIM CHEAT. BUT I WILL NOT LOSE EVEN IF IN DEFEAT, ITS A VALUABLE LESSON LEARNED SO IT EVENS IT UP FOR ME” ETHER MADE HIM COME UP WITH THAT RHYME. I MEAN NAS GETTING THAT BITCH PREG WAS A FUCKING ACCIDENT AND AT THE SAME TIME I NO HE LOVE HIS SEED. THE THING IS HE ADMITTED HE WAS YOUNG AND DAT SHIT IS DEF SOME TO GROW ON. IT SOUNDED HOT IN THE SONG, BUT DAT NIGGA AINT SKEET IN THE BABY SEAT. SHE A SLUT. IF ANYTHING THAT BITCH SUCKED DAT SHIT UP.

  • http://esforlifyahoo.com Comin out of Quennz

    solo130 u betta shut da fuk up or shyt gotn b poppn im tried of niggaz lik u killn hiphop dnt understan da roots or wat hiphop is…. nigga fuc u wit ur shyt hata but um mov mov up up 2 da EAST SIDE son

  • LMAO

    WTFFF @ Tupac checkin Nas. What the fuck? How old are you faggots? 15? 18? Niggas were born when Ninja Turtles first came on the air, then they wanna talk about hip hop like they know what the fuck happened.

    Pac and Suge showed up at the MTV Video awards with their little crew. Nas and half of QB mobbed on ‘em after the show. Suge and Pac were shook as FUCK. Nobody got checked, you stupid little 10 year old herbs. Nas and Pac straightened out their little misunderstanding and left on peaceful terms. Stop putting overrated rappers on a pedestal, Nas is superior to Pac in every facet of life and death possible. Only dickriding born in 1985 children going off hype and hearsay would say otherwise. HENENNSSEEEEEE! ENEMIEEEEEEES! get the fuck outta here

    Jim Jones dirty ass never slapped anyone. That nigga was a fuckin homeless dope fiend until Cam blew up and gave him a company to run.

    and WTFFFFF @ AZ being better than Nas. What the fuck? Am I in bizarro world? AZ is my nigga, but seriously, what the hell is going on here? Aw man. I really wish people who say shit like that would die before their fingers touch the keyboard.

    AZ better than Nas ROFFFLLLLLL pure stupidity, beyond all levels of comprehension

  • QUBE

    HIP HOP IS DEAD!!!

    WE NEED YOUR ALBUM NAS!!!

    NOW,

    I THINK EVERYTHING NAS DOES IS ILL

    FROM AN ARTISTIC POINT OF VIEW

    I AM A FAN TO THE END

    NOBODY HAS TOPPED ILLMATIC TO THIS POINT STILL…

    AS FOR AS THAT BITCH CARMEN…FUCK THAT BIACH NAS YOU GOT KELIS NOW AND THAT BROAD IS A DYME.

    AS FAR AS PEOPLE THINK NAS IS A BITCH FOR PEACING IT WITH JIGGA, I THINK YOU HAVE TO BE GROWN TO UNDERSTAND SHIT LIKE THAT.

    JUST LIKE JIGGAS NEW ALBUM, IS MORE A OF GROWN PEOPLE ALBUM IN MY OPINION.
    IM PRETTY SURE NAS NEW SHIT IS GOING TO BE LIKE THAT.

    JEZZY IS ALLLLRIGHT BUT NOWHERE CLOSE TO NAS IN MY OPINION

    HIP HOP FOR LIFE

  • QUBE

    INTERSCOPE JACKSON REMINDS ME OF CORMEGA WITH ALL THEM DISSES HE PUT OUT AGAINST NAS

    YOU HATE NAS SO MUCH YOU LOVE HIM

  • All Street

    NAS IS THE FUCKIN BEST FUCKIN SHIT I HATE THAT FUCKIN HOMO THE GAME HE LICKS TO MUCH ASS 1ST DRE NOW NAS HE A FAGGG HE CANT MAKE IT ON HIS OWN HE NEEDS SOME ONE BIG TO HOLD HIM UP
    NASS IS THE BEST!!!!

  • Reason

    I’m glad that Nas is coming out with another LP. I was losing hope. I’m getting tired of hearing all this bullshit rap coming out of the South. THE SOUTH KILLED HIP-HOP.

  • http://www.myspace.com/lyricassassin Lyric Assassin

    I see that dudes have nothing better to do but make childish comments behind blogs and shit like that knowing that dudes will never see your faces or run into your asses anywhere out in public.No one except for a few people have any positive things to say about anything that was posted in these interviews.Hip-Hop is dead is a state of mind for the indivdual listener and not a direct attack on these so-called gangsta ass niggas characters.Grow up and get off the high school shit people.No one wants to give true feedback anymore.They just want to blurt out bullshit just to be heard.Jeezy needs to check himself for real.If you’re not a rapper then why get offended huh?Lil’Wayne needs to quit kissin’ dudes in the mouth before he can claim the best of anything.His flow is nice but damn…Jay loaned that shit to you while he was off golfing or something.Now the lil’nigga mad cuz he want his shit back!Get a life man.Nas speaks some of the illest shit ever spit over beats and dudes say that his shit is wack!Jay just gave the game another ten years of the industry fucking with Hip-Hop and dudes say his shit ain’t dope!This throw away music shit is gonna phase our culture out if dudes don’t get a clue and start making shit that we can listen to for more than two weeks.I post blogs on my myspace page so if you have legitimate shit to say agree or disagree hit me on http://www.myspace.com/lyricassassin and stop making dumb ass comments and hiding behind your PC’s.Holla.

  • http://www.insanemacbeth.com Insane Macbeth

    both JAY-HOVA and THE SECOND COMING OF RAKIM….namely NAS need some ‘dungeon funk’.

    http://www.insanemacbeth.com
    http://www.myspace.com/officialinsanemacbeth

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    Check it out and listen whut tha pimpin’ say!!!! Str8 from DC aka Da Top of tha South!!!!

  • http://thawicked1.com J.j Dena

    Dam XXL been doin it big these last few months first Game, Pac, Jay, and Esco finally some of that good shit. I’m tired of seeing that rat ass nigga 50 or any of those Gay-Unit faggotz. Keep doing tha dam thing.

  • DRE’

    Elliott,how N the fuck R u going 2 gv the best m.c. alive 1.5pages after u post 75% of the fucking interview on the website & still hv the nerve 2 call your magazine the best joint in circulation??? I know u can’t C it,but u showing allegiance 2 G-Unit/Shady & Shawn Carter & making Nasir share a cover with Young CHEESY,is making u slowly but S-U-R-E-L-Y the new SAUCE!

  • http://R.I.P.obietrice wausaw

    R.I.P.craig mack

  • http://R.I.P.obietrice NYbk

    yo hitman one was commenting before on the 5th is a snitch real name seth pushner.he sold rolls to a cop and snitch out his guy.

  • http://R.I.P.obietrice NYbk

    yo hitman one was commenting before on the 5th is a snitch real name seth pushner.he sold rolls to a cop and snitch out his guy.

  • Stax On Deck

    Nas Is A Legend. Ima Southern G. (And Fuck Who All Has Something 2 Say About It). I definately don’t agree with Nas saying Hip Hop Is Dead. Its too many big albums coming out this year. Jeezy, The Game, Jay-Z, “Like Father, Like Son”, The Clipse, Snoop, Young Buck, and Nas. I believe Nas genuinely carez for Hip Hop, but alot this shyt and others is Jealousy against the South for dominating the Charts.

  • Stax On Deck

    Nas Is A Legend. Ima Southern G. (And Fuck Who All Has Something 2 Say About It). I definately don’t agree with Nas saying Hip Hop Is Dead. Its too many big albums coming out this year. Jeezy, The Game, Jay-Z, “Like Father, Like Son”, The Clipse, Snoop, Young Buck, and Nas. I believe Nas genuinely carez for Hip Hop, but alot this shyt and others is Jealousy against the South for dominating the Charts.

  • Cheez

    A lot of u sound like kids. We need sh7t to bang when in the club, & need sh7t to bang when is time to keep it real. This makes Hip-Hop what it is. What we listen to satisfies our state of mind at a given time. Nas is real & represents a crucial part of Hip-Hop. For u little mens that don’t like lead single, I don’t see u dissing the car industries for making the new products out of the previous yr’s or dissing ur selves for making kids that look like u. All I want is for the new Nas album to be Fire and maybe 1 or 2 club bangers, for those fans that want to get crunk to a Nas joint.

  • Harris

    I think Nas is the illest, period, but besides that I’m glad he and Jay got together before it was all over. Imagine a B.I.G. and Pac CD or Pac and Nas. And to dudes like Jeezy… Get money don’t challenge legends and pay homage to the real hustlas…Respect to the Clipse!!

  • http://nasletitgo jersey 2 killa cali

    nas is the hardest 12 years an runnin the original street poet,when dr.dre left death row were did he go? 2 da east 2 get money wit nas (the firm). biggie and pac come the closest. And Jay-z is the closest alive but!!!!!!! even Jay-z is on nas’s dick he’s been bite’n his style dead presidents do ya homework….. killa kali

  • Lil d

    I admite i was mad wen nas aient drop in september..but nas is hip hop!! nas is a smart dude..i mean he nos wat he doin or he wouldnt have sold all dem records and b one of the best mcs of all time..im just glad nas is back..and im ready 2 hear some real hip hop now..i no hip hop is dead is a classic..i aient even gotta hear it just say dat nas did it and its a rap..put it on da shelf as a classic..i waiten and ready 4 it 2 drop..im glad 2 b able 2 hear such greatness and b able 2 watch history in da making..wen it ci=omes out ima get a few copys..holla

  • taz

    DOCDIGGY Says:

    December 4th, 2006 at 12:58 pm
    Nas has held his own. He has 6 out 7 albums that have went platinum. How many artists can say that. How many artist can say they have 7 albums period, let alone to have all of them except one to go plat. That one may have went plat by now. Nas is a hell-cat. A fucking beast!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    All i have to say is that Nas is one of the best living rappers if not the best. People have to stop looking at sales cuz 50 Cent made one of the weakest albums ive ever heard and sold 11 mil!!! I Mean Wat that fuck. Real lyricists are no longer the shit. Just make a bunch of cute hooks and u can sell. Nas is right hip hop is dead and its up to him, jay, eminem and that new rakim shit to bring it back.

    BWS 4 Life

  • mazemayhim

    Realest quote I ever heard:”they tell u keep it gangsta no matter the predictament/even tho your decision won’t help your benefit”-Nas, “Some Of Us Have Angels”
    And it was taken from NASTRADAMUS, the album ya’ll niggas continue to s#!t on. Which leads me to my next comment: Nas can still spit better than your favorite emcee on his worst day. Go cop MORE FISH!!!!!!!

  • mazemayhim

    Honestly, after hearing “Black Republicans” I’m not feelin Nas & Jay on the same track together. Nas should just stick with doing duets with AZ. Somebody has to agree with me, Nas & AZ should do the album & have Preemo do all of the beats. That’s it, that’s all. The chemistry is too good between Nas & AZ. Oh yeah, go cop MORE FISH!!!!!!!!!!

  • soy sauce

    nas is one of the best rappers of all time and for the ones who dont think so, y’all just some haters…

    QB tru G wit game and dr dre on the beat is fuckin bangin and black republican wit Hov is a classic..

    hiphop is not bout who sells more records or makes more money, its bout what they bring to the culture and nas has brought more of that than any mutha fucka out rite now..

  • Tray_J

    Either you give the cover to Nas or Young Jeezy, how can you disrespect Nas like that, Elliot Wilson fuck you very much for that you heard me, you were promissing a Nas cover for a minute putting ‘em on the last page saying “Nas is coming” and now this is what you do, didn’t you already give that cover to Young Jeezy a few issues back? so why now again!?
    Just because he’s got a new album out!?
    one again Elliot Wilson fuck you for your lame attempt to sell more copies of your magazine,

  • Detroitboys

    Just to spit some truth about the rap game & the unsung heroe. My ears have heard beats from day 1 when Hip-Hop gave birth. And still enjoy the lyrics by the newbees. But when you speak about Nas, you speaking about a rapper (like Pac & Biggie)who takes words and lyrics, mixes it with any beat(even jazz)and it inbedded in your brain for life! Its like a sharp edge sword cutting thru water. Nas is real! Believe that!

  • pointman stringer

    this rap game is a game take what dude said and use it a motivation he is forceing your hand for you to react and look yoa’ll all scared nas keep doing you have these niggas wont be here 3 yrs fromnow ha

  • PITPAT

    fuck N. A . S niggaaaaaaaz cheezy as fuck trying kick knowdlege AHAaaahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PITPAT

    oh and fuck jay too HIS album BeIN aLl cHeEzY & AlL he aint GOD no more fuck that KiLLa Coooo Has That ShyT nOw AHAaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BYRD GANG CLUB BANGAAAAAAA

  • ThUg_cuban

    i hate all those people who think all this new shit we here these days on the radio is good. its aite but thats not hip hop NaS is hip hop, jay all those guys are. nas hit the mark hip hop is dead and is filled w/ week shit like ” its going down ”

    ~represent for all of those who ACTUALLY like hip hop~

  • PITPAT

    nAS sings for nerdz who scared of songs that talk about pussy AAHAaaaH!@

  • SportsJunkie

    True artists don’t worry about cash. They wan’t to get the acclaim and respect of their fields. If you ask me the money hungry rappers are in it for the money and neglecting themselves. You have to do for delf. I don’t know why Meth is complaining he ‘acted’ away his best hip hop years.

  • LoLo

    Does anyone kno what kind of glasses those are are that Nas is wearing in the top picture with the Orange Hoodie.

  • Jim Dawgs

    Hip hop aint dead cuz of the south. thats bullshit even Nas denounces that myth. Hip hop is dyin cuz its being governed by label execs and sales numbers. Thats why hiphop dead. dont get it twisted tho. ther still real cats out there like Styles P, saigon, lupe, the Wu. etc. .. but is it jus me or is that Nas album not that hot? I mean the verses is always murder no matter wat, but the production is slackin on its mackin.. u let ME kno if im buggin

  • trae bizzo

    LMAO Says:

    Jim Jones dirty ass never slapped anyone. That nigga was a fuckin homeless dope fiend until Cam blew up and gave him a company to run.

    and WTFFFFF @ AZ being better than Nas. What the fuck? Am I in bizarro world? man. I really wish people who say shit like that would die before their fingers touch the keyboard.

    ( In the voice of young jeezy)
    Can i get a co-sign?… sucka

  • trae bizzo

    Some of you youngens is up here dissin artists just because. When you talk about change the game go listen to illmatic and tell me every album and artist that came out after wasn’t influenced by that.

  • whoop di whoop

    PITPAT Says:

    December 14th, 2006 at 11:55 pm
    nAS sings for nerdz who scared of songs that talk about pussy AAHAaaaH!@
    ^^^^^^^^^^
    nigga I know you only seeking attention but You jus an example of someone who has no knowledge of hiphop and you probably think bow wow is the best rapper alive fuck you

    get HHID

  • PITPAT

    you stupid nigga camron is the greatest of all time.

  • Big EM’s

    All I Colud Say Is NAS iS The Truth…..

  • JJJ

    Nas is a a straight sucker. He calls out Mobb for signing with 50 but Jay tried to destroy his career and turns around and signs to the label. Where is dude’s pride. Not to mention how he put Def Jam on blast for their payola techniques. Nas has basically took Memphis Bleeks position as Jay’s sidekick. Every time you hear or read an interview he is defending Jay.

  • Stax On Deck

    PITPAT Says:

    December 16th, 2006 at 3:46 pm
    you stupid nigga camron is the greatest of all time.

    Boy That Must Be A Punchline. Nigga put the peace pipe down a bit and think about what you just typed. Try again muthasucka…

  • KiLLaCaM

    this nigga should be mad that CAM TAKIN over this shit he got the streets he got the king of NY rockin with him JIM JONES & jimmy went bar for bar with jay-z & tore a new asshole in gay-z & cockafella. Now if nas wanna step he will embarass this nerdy ass niggga who gonna be tounge kissin his tech if he got somethin to say. HARLEMMM

  • KiLLaCaM

    this nigga should be mad that CAM TAKIN over this shit he got the streets he got the king of NY rockin with him JIM JONES & jimmy went bar for bar with jay-z & tore a new asshole in gay-z & cockafella. Now if nas wanna step he will embarass this nerdy ass niggga who gonna be tounge kissin his tech if he got somethin to say. HARLEMMM

  • thizz or die

    nas is the boss of new york

  • theVAimpresionist

    I think Nas has finally grown up. I mean he’s always been a step ahead of the game at either way you look at it. No matter if you’re a J, Pac, Big, L, Kiss or a Wayne fan you have to respect him just as much. And even though I’m not a real big Nas fan, I’m antisipating his next drop. I also think marriage, beef, and the reality of life has caught up with him. I mean just cause you got money and fame don’t mean you gonna be happy. Look at Kirk Cobain. Anyway, on the other hand Nas is going to be great because that’s what Legends do, great things. I’m not riding or anything but I think Nas’ next drop will be nice because he’s nice. If you respect this, you respect HIP-HOP. Real HIP-HOP…….

  • Deborah

    I never even liked Nas, but after that interview, he seems like a cool person. I’m not much for his music, cause I’m FOREVER on Tupac’s team (breathing or dead), but like I said he seems like a nice enough guy. I hope he finds success with his new album.

  • SMASH GORDON

    This message is for killa cam..any dude who flaunts wearing pink..is gay ..point blank period..studies show that babies in a room painted half blue and half pink..the boys would go to the blue side and girls to the pink..which means that deep inside cam has biiiatch in his gayblood…lol!

  • Louie22pr (eViL GeNiUs)

    Nas newest album “Hip Hop is Dead” I would have to say from growing up in the BX and seen them all(from Big Daddy Kane to Biggie) and heard it all….”Hip Hop is Dead” is a hot album…5 mics….what stands out about the title is that he addresses and show’s leadership…because it all started with two turntables….now it has transformed
    and become big….but like everything everything comes to an end..so on that note i think he wants people to know that don’t let die…spark a nerve and inspire…but “carry on tradition”….a king is a humble man, not to compare him to a divine person, but he is the King of NY….Jay Z came to dethrone him, but he ate him up with “Ether”… I respect Nas cause he gives recognition to the people that inspired us all….”can’t forget about u”…..MC SHAN, KRS 1, MARLEY MARL, RUN DMC, ETC….that is greatness….whether he sells 5 million copies…..jay Z can’t hold his jock strap…..but I love JAY Z too…what i like most is that “Black Republicans” showcase to great MC’s together…..and I would like to see a positive outcome…and although the game is bigger than them…..let us not forget what happen to Biggie & Tupac….may this madness never exist again but rather reflect on two great MC’s Nas & Jay Z battle it out, and now making tracks together and I forsee a album in the near future…that will eclipse all hip hip record sells that we have known to this day……yeah HoVa & N…..make the great album….ya fans will love it…..I’m out

  • chase

    does anyone know the name of those gold & black shades nas were wearing? and, where can I get them from?

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  • http://julius_davidsonyahoo.com julius_davidson@yahoo.com

    u fuckin ass hole saying nas is not the reall rapper people from the email of or id of ..Killa
    Tyler
    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE
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    you guys are wack and stupid listen you fucking lame ass , i think you deserve to be dead becos nas is thebest and hip hop is truelly fucking dead
    you guys no the truth and you keep acting as if you guys are gay
    you make me feel so bad and angry sayiing those rubish about nas and it think u should get ur self a real job animals , fucking low lifes , bitch ass , i love you nas you are the best and i wanna thank the rest of the crew reping nas really hard more blessing for yall i love you guys and i love you too ..FlowAboveAverage you are the real dope men
    i like your comment
    keep it up rep nas toi the fullest okay
    thanks and for you hatters keep on hating you are gonna get it some day asshole

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  • Ralph

    JayZ’s way longer n fatter than Nas’…

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