Nas: ‘Cause I’m Black

Having spent half his life in the game, NAS is officially a hip-hop elder statesman. What’s he gonna do? Name his next album the most inflammatory word in the English language. Oh, and to those who think they’re sly: Don’t call him it, Whitey.

2008 marks a personal and professional tipping point of sorts for Nasir Jones. Come July, it will have been 17 years since a 17-year-old “Nasty Nas” made his recorded debut on Main Source’s Breaking Atoms. The man has spent half his life on wax. He’s famous for contradicting himself, but that’s just as much a product of going through his entire adulthood with people hanging on his every word as it is any inconsistency of character. What always has been constant is that, ever since he introduced himself as the “street’s disciple” on “Live at the Barbeque,” rap fans have paid attention to what Nas has to say.

This past October, Nas announced to an audience at New York’s Roseland Ballroom his plans to release his ninth album in December. The title? One word: Nigga. The reaction was immediate. Jesse Jackson accused him of “making a mockery of racism.” NAACP spokesperson Richard McIntire said, “We will not support, and we will not continually be assailed by other individuals who want to use that type of term in our presence.” Fox News took up the banner, reporting (erroneously, it was later revealed, to no one’s great surprise) that Nas’ record-label head, Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid, was putting the kibosh on the idea.

It wasn’t the first time that hip-hop found itself in the crosshairs last year. In the wake of Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hoes” remark, rap music came under fire for its language (apparently, Don’s a very impressionable old man), with Oprah Winfrey and Al Sharpton leading the fight to banish the B-word, the H-word and the N-word from hip-hop. A month before announcing Nigga, Nas became the target of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, when he performed at a free concert for the students at Virginia Tech, whose campus had been victimized by a mass shooting the previous spring. Repeatedly referring to him as “Nazz,” O’Reilly cited gun references in Nas’ lyrics and called his performance an “abomination” and an “atrocity.” (Nas, in turn, jokingly offered to bite the shockcaster’s nose off.)

Nas originally intended to use the Nigga title for his previous album, 2006’s Hip Hop Is Dead. Def Jam did in fact veto that decision, however, perhaps thinking that the incendiary word, combined with Nas’ reconciliation and subsequent signing with his former nemesis Jay-Z, was a little too much for the record-buying public to handle. Of course, that’s another story. Since sharing a stage in October 2005 at the landmark I Declare War concert, Jay and Nas have been dogged by rumors of strain in their relationship—particularly after Hip Hop Is Dead’s November 2006 release date was pushed back and replaced by Jay’s comeback, Kingdom Come.

A week after announcing Nigga, Nas upped the ante, changing the name to the full-bore Nigger. By that time, L.A. Reid had publicly come out in support of Nas’ creative license and was joined by hip-hop vets Method Man, David Banner and Common. (50 Cent demurred, calling it a “stupid name.”) That wasn’t the only controversy, though. For the second year in a row, the release date for a Nas album was delayed (this time from December to February) while a Jay-Z project was rushed into production. (As XXL went to press, Jay announced that he was resigning the presidency of Def Jam. When asked over e-mail for his reaction, Nas said, “I can never predict what the effects will be when executives are moved around. It happens all the time in this business. I always do my own thing when it comes to my projects and have many plans. He will be good, as I know I will be, for sure.”)

With all that in mind, Nas steps out of a winter night that’s spitting freezing rain on the streets of Manhattan and arrives alone at a bustling bistro in the Flatiron district. Dressed simply but stylishly in jeans, a brown leather jacket and a newsboy cap, he walks unnoticed through the after-work crowd around the bar and settles into a corner booth in the back. For the next hour and a half, he’ll hold forth on a host of topics over a dinner of mahimahi, asparagus and scalloped potatoes. Gripping his glass of pinot noir by the stem, he’ll discuss politics (“’08 election coming, and part of America getting scared”), cable news (“Sly Fox, I call ’em”) and, of course, the word, and the album, “nigger.” (And “crackers,” too.)

But, first, there’s a little record-industry business to get out of the way.

Are you satisfied with the relationship you have with your record label right now?
Yeah, it’s my last record with them.

Have you thought about what your next move is gonna be?
I have. But it’s too early to talk about.

Does the fact that people never seemed to be able to get over your old beef with Jay affect your thinking?
[Long pause] I think that the history was made with that move, and now I’m just exploring different things, just thinking about what I wanna do next. It’s the illest part of my life, again. I’ve always run into great times. This shit gotta be fun for you. Whatever Nas situation will be great for Nas, and that’s what I’m trying to figure out. It’s not about nothing that happened in the past. It’s about moving ahead, finding new ground and going to the next phase.

Rap fans looked at your situation at Def Jam, and they saw your albums getting pushed back twice in a row and Jay coming right before you twice in a row, and they always assumed there was something more going on there.
People gotta give me more credit than that. That’s not fair, if I push my shit back, to blame it on somebody. This is me you’re talking about. This is not somebody that just signed yesterday. This is somebody that’s been in the game a long time, put out a lot of albums. I know what I’m doing. So when I push my shit back, deal with it. I think a lot of people get caught up in rumors. It’s not fair to Jay, either, the way it’s put on him. But he gotta handle that. You wanna be president of the record label—he gotta handle that. He gotta handle the pressure. He gotta handle the negative talk.

I never needed it. I could pocket my marketing money. I market myself. Sold records on my last album on the strength of my own movement. My record this time will move or not move on the strength of my own movement. I’m not doing a Budweiser commercial. No diss to Jay and them niggas. Whatever. Do what you do. I’m not doing a Budweiser commercial. I don’t want to. If rappers wanna do Budweiser commercials, if they wanna sell the records Jay selling, they need to put the time in that people like Jay put in. I put in Nas time, and I get Nas results. If I got any more, I would feel funny. Everything that happened for me was planned—by me. So people should just realize these are my ideas. This is what I’m doing.

You say you’re satisfied with the situation at your label. It’s no exaggeration to say that puts you in a minority among Def Jam artists.
I don’t know. I can’t find too many people that’s happy anywhere in the state of the business right now.

Yeah, but at Def Jam in particular—
At Sony in particular. Shit is fucked up over there.

But longtime Def Jam artists have been complaining about the way things are run there.
I see where Ghostface shit definitely supposed to have been bigger. It’s just…things are the way they are for whatever reason. I can’t sit here and tell you Ghost’s situation. I don’t personally know it. I just know I would love to see his shit everywhere. But at the same time, Ghost reaching who Ghost supposed to reach. Nas reaching who Nas supposed to reach. Jay reaching who Jay supposed to reach. It’s not gonna be easy for nobody out here.

Ghost came out and did 35,000 the first week. You’re not going to be happy with that.
The marketplace is bad right now. If you want to do big, real business, you’ll wait ’til the market gets better. That’s not my mission right now… Since I said “hip-hop is dead,” I think a lot of niggas is starting to take this shit serious. It ain’t about sales no more. When Kanye killed 50, it was to show you this shit is about something real now. No diss to no rappers I’m talking about right now, but it ain’t about just selling no more. I said hip-hop is dead, and if that helped, then I’m a bad muthafucka. You can’t take that from me. And I feel like this record is the next chapter, going into something bigger. It’s a recession… People are going back to being humble again. Because everybody is not gonna get a big multimillion-dollar advance.

So the downtimes for the record industry are gonna help hip-hop?
Yeah, thank God. People do what they do. I ain’t knocking nobody. But I know one thing: This recession that’s going on—everywhere, not just hip-hop—is gonna produce better artists.

Hip-hop was very much under the microscope last year, beginning with the Don Imus situation. What’s curious about that is that, here we are, nearly a year later, Imus has his job back, and somehow hip-hop continues to be examined because of what he said.
I think Imus was just trying to be cool, trying to be down. And it was a win-win situation for him, because it wasn’t handled properly. I believe in Don Imus’ freedom of speech. Because if we don’t know what people are thinking, how can we solve any problems? If you don’t know what Nas is thinking, how do you know what the people that listen to me are thinking? People tell their kids, “Don’t listen to that.” But you can find out who your kids really are if you listen to what they’re listening to and watch what they’re watching.

Do you think people like Cosby, Oprah, Sharpton or Bill O’Reilly have ever actually listened to a Nas album all the way through?
Hell no!

Can you imagine that?
I don’t wanna imagine that. My shit ain’t for them.

But could they get into it?
If they got into it, maybe that’s telling me something I don’t know. Maybe I don’t know what I’m saying, but I think they would be scared to death if they heard some of the shit I’m saying.

You say the Imus situation wasn’t handled properly. How do you think it should’ve been handled?
When I say that—the same guys come out in every situation. Al Sharpton, I should send him a new pair of gators, ’cause I know his shits have got to be worn out, with all that marching he doing. They need a different approach, a different way of handling a problem that’s now a 21st-century problem. They need a 21st-century approach.

THIS IS ONLY A PREVIEW!
To read the full Q&A with Nas, check out XXL‘s 100th Issue Spectacular (March 2008), in stores now!

  • Dow Jones

    Ha ha, greatest rapper ever, PERIOD!!

    Straight from da South London blocks!

  • Sincere

    Nas was and is prolific in his own way. Get some bangin’ music behind him and you get what is called “classic”.

  • Kiw Wave

    Nas always hits hard, when challenged. Looking forward to what he brings to the table. Hopefully a combination of Ice Cube and KRS-One.

    • that nigga

      That would be incredible.

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    My 2nd most anticipated album of 2008. AZ’s my first. Can’t wait for this joint. I hope he don’t let them politicians break him down. Fuck the media they don’t understand what we “Niggers” go through as a race. It’s not bad but we still have a long way up.

    • sp3

      try being mexican american right now.

      • Krime

        Dats real shit homeboy

      • Lennox313

        I feel you bro. I can’t figure this Cali shit out. They say in the south the mexicans are beefin with niggas, but in the Bay it doesn’t seem like that. Most people don’t even know the second president of Mexico Vicente Guerrero was Afro-Mexican! We need to united Black and brown and let hip hop reign supreme.

  • http://www.myspace.com/booeybooeyblahblah BFC

    “Al Sharpton, I should send him a new pair of gators, ’cause I know his shits have got to be worn out, with all that marching he doing.”

    ^^^^LMFAO!!!

  • to

    can’t wait to read the full article

  • BIG O

    he was the first to say hip hop is dead.and a year and something later people are still talking about it.Nas is quietly the one of the most influental rappers out.nigger will be a classic.ignorant assholes will hate.

  • E-MAN

    2nd Real talk, real talk.

    Nas is one ov da illest. Straight from the south london blocks too. U get me.

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  • Worley

    NaS is my dude. YN would have gotten a better story from him though.

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  • KQ

    NaS = Most intelligent mc in the game. The man speaks nothing but the truth. The album better have better production than the last one tho. He needs primo joints on there.

  • sean_izzle

    yeah yeah! its Nas time now just like when Hip Hop Is Dead dropped, and im expecting the new XXL issue to drop in my door anytime now, i hope it does tommorow when i come home from school

    WHATUP NAS!!!!!!!!

  • Fire

    Nas is right about Al Sharpton. It’s good to see the G.O.A.T. back with a new album. It’s gonna be amazing.

  • dark vanilla

    Nas speaks da truth. Probably one of da greatest rappers of all time. FUCK BILL O’REILY!

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  • Knuck

    Back in the bay MCs didn’t care about sales, just quality material and cashflow. That’s what Nas has taken hip hop back to. SKILLS!! NASIR & OSHEA, 2 of the top 5 Lyricists/MCs of all-time.

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

    NASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AINT NO ONE FUCKING WITH HIM.

    IM GETTIN DAT ISSUE.

  • The Pharmacist

    Perfect Timing

  • jm

    nas is the man that s all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • K.ola

    He aight but he needs to keep 50 out his hypocrit mouth…

    nigga 50 killed you with one album…

    • Fire

      What are you smoking, K.ola? I’m a fan of both Nas and 50, but Nas is FAR, FAR better than 50 lyrically.

  • Rockcity

    Damn i must have been under a rock, what album did 50 kill Nas with???? Ne way he wasn’t dissin him so fall the fuck back. This was a good article tho Nas is one of the best tho he’s a icon, no one can take that away from him.

  • marlon

    The label move that is too early to talk about is an obvious one. Apple is taking over the music industry in march with the assistance of jayz among top artists of every genre. everyone buys itunes, from this point on it is just a matter of everyone sitting out their current contract and signing with apple. apple and nas split def jam’s share and eliminate the middleman. once apple takes over the industry the industry musicians will get alot more freedom. apple artists and myspace artists as the farmteam welcome to the future of music.

  • moresickaMC

    Nas better be giving us another classic, the hype is big. dope interview

  • i am hip hop

    Nas is the best rapper alive

    Andre 3000 was actually the first to say hip hop is dead tho …”funkin around” from outkast graetest hits

    i bought gfk album …i can tell by what he sold hip hop really is dead

    i liked 50s album but he need to get off nas’ dick
    it is what it is

  • http://whoscaught.blogspot.com/ Spoonful of Sass

    Nas is and has always been truthful and a voice of the times. K.ola what are you talking about 50 killed him with one album? 50 could never kill what Nas has created for over a decade. Nas may not sell the most records but he is critically acclaimed!!! His words, music and vision are brilliant and his music has continuosly helped to reinvent Hip Hop.

  • Richard

    Ohio’s finest check me out and add me if you like what you hear thanks.

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  • HAWAIIAN

    the anticipation is killin me

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  • Niggerachi

    Nas is that one dude every rapper wanted to eliminate at one point in their careers. Think about it? From Rakim to Jay…see where I’m going? He’s been messing up the meaning of every other word he spits for a long time. He says he’s a disciple… He’s something else. Think about it. Please, we owe him this much. This world is over comes 2012, black pope theory failed, black president, we’ll see about that. Go back to Nastradamus now, not for the beats. Shit, go to ohhla.com and read the lyrics…man, Jay was smart to get back with Nas, real smart.

  • Dan99

    Looking forward to what NaS has to say on the album.

  • Dan99

    Actually I heard that NaS might get dropped from def jam; because no retailers are going to sell an album named “nigger”- heard it on hiphopdx.com

  • GMAN

    im buying the cover just cuz nas is on it. bout time someone diffrent nas is 1000 times better then 50 wayne and yall keep puttin them on. stupid fucks

  • WAT-WAT-WATT

    with all these rumors going on with defjam and Nas, does anybody know the release date of N****r???

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    LOL @ Nas!!!! I can’t wait for Def Jam to drop him.

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  • phatsam

    intellegent rapper with rakim flow fake street cred and just like jay said just an artist if he is so smart he dosent have 10% of diddy jay or 50 money and been in the game longer than them. tupac said he was phony i bet his brave heart boys are broke too.when jay signed nas that was a good business move that wasnt for hip hop new president of def jam needed to create a buzz .and now that sales are down and he didnt go plat def jam is like no nigga.

  • Rodjilius

    i wanted to hear more on his new album Nigger but nas definately had some shit to say that was worth reading the man is a genius and i wish i listened to him more

  • teraj

    This goes to half of u dumbazzez who compare 50 to nas. Thats tha problem now in hip hop, u hav dickheads like yall comparin rappers to MC’s. 50 will only b betta than nas money wise,lyrically name a 50 hot bar that left u like damn u heard dat. Cause i cant. I like 50 but thats like comparin KRS to ja.We tired of this singin shit 50 thats y hip hop iz dead cause niggas like u just thinkin bout tha money, Real MC’s do it 4 the luv and the art.

  • E

    NAS is forever!

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  • DJG

    WOW out of all them great comments, i only saw maybe one 50Cent Stan HIPHOP must be breathin again!! sayin shit like he killed Nas with one album, funny i never herd bout tht album..

    08 gonna b a good one, Saigon, Dre, Joell Ortiz hopefully..

  • Kev Lomax

    Yeah Jay pulled his card. I have no clue what fuckin album 50 “killed” Nas with. But whatever, dude still put out some serious shit. Nas is top 10 easy and the author of the best diss record ever recorded. Sometimes I ain’t really feelin his albums (Streets Disciple) but I ain’t gonna front…I cop them shit the day they drop every time.

    God Son,

    We Waitin.

  • Ni**a Ask About Greums!

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    Nas is one of the greatest !
    NYC LEGEND
    QUEENS KING
    AND GENIUS MC
    rap is dead
    HIPHOP LIVES..!
    NIGGER COMIN SOON
    NEW CLASSIC
    PEACE YALL
    THX
    PEACE

  • K.ola

    @ everyone

    Im speaking on sales…

    And if we talkin Lyrics… peep 50 ft Nas on that guess who’s back street album…

    i will never discredit Nas abilties he is the best Lyricist to me…(him and andre3000)

    but is a hypocrite… he couldnt blow with occhie wally and you owe me … so he starts hating on that form of rap… the form of rap that made jay-z and 50 millions…

    Now some of ya cats is stans… Nas is great but as a man he said some foul shit… and illmatic was and is a classic… but G.R.O.D.T is the kind of classic that changes the game… like t he cronic or all eyes on me…

    • moresickaMC

      GRODT didnt change the game…it was just a great album. Illmatic CHANGED hip hop..literally,like the Chronic

    • BIZZLE

      50 IS HANDS DOWN THE BIGGEST HYPOCRITE IN HIP HOP PERIOD. THE EXACT THINGS HE WAS PUTTING DOWN JA FOR EX. SINGING ON A SONG, MAKING SOFT RECORDS…50 DID. HE IS JUST A ROIDED UP JA RULE. AND ILLMATIC IS THE GAME. IT IS A STANDARD THAT HAS STILL YET TO BE MATCHED. GRODT ISNT EVEN HALF OF WHAT THE CHRONIC WAS SO THAT COMPARISON IS LAME. ALL EYES ON ME IS ON ANOTHER PLANET COMPARED TO GRODT.

  • K.ola

    And i said that because Nas said kanye killed 50…

    he has to be talking about sales… i cop both and curtis is slightly better…

    • Kev Lomax

      I’ll ride with that. I copped both as well. Graduation gave me a fuckin headache.

      You know that face you make when you step out in the bright ass sun after a long night or just waking up.

      Yeah, I had that face at the end of Graduation.

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      K.ola

      WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT BITCH? WHAT, ARE FUCKING HIGH OR SOMETHING. 50 AIN’T SHIT. 50 JUST TALKS SHIT. NAS WILL KILL THAT MONKEY LOOKING NIGGA

    • Marcus X

      K.ola

      You officially killed your fuckin self with that one…Kanye waxed 50′s ass…if anything he probably would’ve done well if he’d kept his fuckin mouth shut. Kanye any day will murk 50 (without Lloyd Banks in tow)…hahahaha.

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  • uy

    nasty nas

  • Mr.Wang

    It’s Nasty!

    Nigga I’m gettin’ dat album!

  • BLOODHOUND

    Let him take over def jam!

  • loc718

    Nas is still one of the most deadly MC’s 2day Jay-z bieng the greatest of course but he (nas)is getting boring and calling your album Nigga might give him some shock value but at the end of the day the music is all that matters hopefully it’ll be a classic i’ll definetly support it but he’ll still never be on hova’s level

  • Niggerachi

    You guys gotta be kidding, give Nas some credit, you short-sighted rap followers. The album is called Nigger and once again an African-american is “trying” to run for president. It makes a lot of sense, anyway you cut it. Nas is trying to tell us something. Some may say he twist shit to sound clever, but this time around I don’t think it’s gonna be like a secret society meeting for just 5 brothers and that one white dude that seems to get half of it. It’s for everybody. It’s urgent. He’s in a cross, again. LA Reid can suck a fat baby dick. Word to Ras Kass.

  • Rockcity

    How are you going to acknowledge Nas being a hypocrite when 50 is one 2? Remember him criticizing Ja for being pop but trying to make hood songs 2 right? WTF is 50 doin now? I understand ur point on the whole oochie wally and u owe me BS, but as an artist, they are always tryin to mold themselves into something different, thats what its about and he came back hard with another classic, Stillmatic so imo he redeemed hisself, but 4 u to try to put his character down as a man by comparing him to 50 is just dumb.

  • Niggerachi

    Amen to that, brother. 50 rent, y’all gotta be kidding. Remember that dumb shit they pulled during the VMAs? Kings of Queens? Nigger, please. No disrespect to LL, but damn.
    Let’s say Nas releases Nigger through Def Jam and it goes double doo doo. Do you really think this is bad? Anything goes now, he already said Hip Hop is dead… And you have no idea how much Nas sells and licenses his shit internationally. He’s not as dumb as one thinks.

  • B-EZ

    NAS IS THE BEST IN THE GAME PERIOD. HE RAPS CIRCLES AROUND NIGGAS. NOBODY CAN FUCK WITH NAS ON THE MIC.

  • NaSFan

    It’s good to see NaS get his grown-man on and know what he’s about and talk about the state of the music industry.

    I don’t want to see him in commercials for Tic Tacs, Full Throttle or Icy Hot. Leave that to 50. LOL

  • http://xxlmag.com THE NOTORIOUS C.O.R.E.Y

    NAS
    HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE TRUTH FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, I’M THRU TRYING TO SCHOOL THESE YOUNGER NIGGAS ABOUT NAS, I’M 28 YEARS OLD AND BOUGHT MY FIRST NAS TAPE WHEN I WAS 15 YEARS OLD! NIGGAS DONT WANNA THINK NO MORE THEY JUST WANNA SUPERMAN SUPERMAN SUPERMAN!!

    THE NOTORIOUS COREY
    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

  • http://www.hip-hopkings.com Stu

    Nas is the greatest ever rapper. I can’t wait to hear the album, and read the new issue.

  • http://koolkidkulture.blogspot.com/ Koolkidkulture

    keep making good music, sir.

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  • K.ola

    @dee dee

    nah bitch you got the game twisted…

    @ rock city…

    you right he went pop… but thats where the hypocrite shit stoped… now with Nas it keeps going and going…

    Nas said Mobb deep signing to tha unit was like selling there soul to the devil…

    But he sign to a nigga that purposely fuck his baby mama… and tried to end his rap career…

    All that dissing 50, nore, dip-set, trying to hang a jay-z doll, countless queens nigga under him…

    Now nas will say that 50 came up under him right? so to me thats where all that reckless shit come from i mean Queens MC always dissed other MC’s its been they way since the shady 80′s…

    In no way can a 2008 50 lyrically fuck with a 2008 Nas… but if you take it back to Guess who’s Back 50 holds his own to the God MC…

  • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

    TALKIN ABOUT CATS THAT AINT MADE A HIT AND JUST LIVING OFF HIS LEGEND…..NAS IS A HALL OF FAMER BUT WHEN HAS HE PUT TOGETHER A TRUE MASTERPIECE ALBUM SINCE ILLMATIC?A CATALOGUE OF CLASSIC SINGLES BUT THE ALBUMS ARE TOO SPOTTY AND TOO SHORT (13 TRACKS)SAME BULL ISH PACKAGING JAY-Z BEEN SPOONFEEDIN…QUIT GASSIN DUDE UP WITH THAT INTELLIGENT MC S@#$,SOUNDS SO HOMO,THAT S@#$ IS DISGUSTING

    • Marcus X

      Damn cuz you sound mad…did you graduate with the basics to comprehend or do the math…your ass is gone be done when the recession hit. dumb fuck! learn something and stop being so ignorant. Nas is like…hahahahaaa. If I got 1 Superbowl ring, I’d be cool…outta several cats that won’t get one (nee Marino)…so a classic is a classic…You got muthafuckas in the game that will never score an oscar, but they are dope…but will never achieved that level. do the math!

    • Detroit

      Every Rapper that has ever Rapped has contadicted themselves Biggie, Pac, Rakim, Jay, Nas. Everyone. Now if you dont’ call Stillmatic, I-Am, And Hip Hop is dead classic you crazy. The Rap Game sucks so bad that you dont even have to have skills only a catchy hook and a beat to be hot… If he aint classic then who is???

  • 92FS

    See we got some real fat pussehs on this site! Bout fuckin’ homo shit because people say he an intelligent MC..fuck he is then?? Of course he an intelligent MC ya fuckin’ idiot! Nas is and will always be ONE of tha realest in the business! Some these man on this website some real fuckin’ pusseh holes ya see! *shakes head*

  • Marcus X

    Nas is like…Ya’ll know the rest. This album will cause such controversy. Nas is a very clever and concise individual…He’s stirring a debate…if you buy the album, are you feeding the machine? if you go against it or ignore it, you still bring fame to it…either way you’re fucked. get down or lay down. most anticipated album of the year.

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  • EVILGENIUS

    Nas 4ever will be one of the top 5 MC’s in the game PERIOD!!!!

  • EVILGENIUS

    Nas will 4ever be one of the top 5 lyricists in the game and he is one of the only MC’s who are responsible enough with their craft to give their album a contreversal name such as his.

  • Chaka

    I love hip hop and I love Nas,Jay-z,KRS 1,and other great lyricists out there.But I think most of you often confuse the word “old-timers” with the word “legend”. True, some old-timers are legends but being an old-timer does not necessarily imply that one is a legend and for one to be dubbed a legend does not necessary require that one has to be an old-timer.Let me give some examples to show you all what I mean.Look at Rakim is an old-timer and a legend.Why? He was the one that evolutionized the lyrical aspect of hip hop.This to me is the major reason why we can call Rakim a legend.Again,look at Dr Dre.This is an old-timer and a legend.Why?He was the one that evolutionized the sound of hip hop.Also, he has dropped two timeless/classic albums which have had an huge effect on hip hop.Furthermore,he was the one that fathered and shaped several classical albums from other artists(i.e niggas4life,doggystyle,the M.M. lp,G.R.O.D.T,the documentry ).Now look at Big daddy kane or even KRS.These MCs are often called legends when in fact the right word is “old-timers”.Dont get me wrong these men are elders in hip hop and are dope MCs but they are not legends.Tell me which of these artists(m still refering to KRS and BDK) have drop an album that has survived the test of time?none.Tell me what extra-ordinary thing these MCs have done in the game?I mean some thing that has greatly influenced the game.They haven’t done any thing like that.This brings me to some artists who belong to my generation who are often called legends,I mean Nas,Jay-z,Biggie and Tupac.These are not old-timers but only one of them,Tupac,for now truly deserves the title legend.Nodoubt Nas,Jay-z and Biggie are dope lyricists but thats were it stops.what more can you say about them.(take a critical look at their best works(i.e illmatic,stillmatic,reasonable doubt,blueprint,ready to die) and compare them with the best works of other dope lyricists who are not called legends(e.g AZ) and you will understand what am saying ) Nas and Jay still could become legends one day but for now they are not.they have not done enough to truly deserve that title.I know my statements here will annoy most of you who like me love these guy but the truth has to be told.peace an hip hop head in Afica wrote this.

    • Rell

      I gotta disagree with you on that one, homeboi. You can’t call AZ a legend without calling Nas a legend, first. That doesn’t make any sense. Nas bought AZ to the game and you would hear even AZ acknowledge that without Nas maybe he wouldn’t have been introduced or been so succcessful, in the beginning, in the game. Musically, AZ and Nas most likely inspired eachother. Being legendary is not all about quality albums, great albums do play a MAJOR role, but its also about your story, your character, your personality, your credibility and your affiliation with those who made history. Alot of those guys that you mention broke some social and economic barriers when they released they joints and they also introduce and promoted alot of other rappers. Like take Big for instance, musically Bad Boy was a movement that you cant erase from history. You got the so called east and west coast beef where two of the most influential were murdered. Big, Nas, and Jay played a major part because they helped fuel 2pacs anger and talent – they kept him in the limelight (as if any more of a spotlight was needed on Pac) But maybe one of the reasons Pac did this was so that alot ppl would cop the album and get the message before his passing. A legend is someone that you cannot remove from history. Put it like this, maybe you can take away and one-hit wonder rapper and not see much of a change in the game. But to say you could erase Nas, Big, or Jay now this would ruin alot of history that was made. Musically, these guys are too important and held down alot of weigh in they heyday… peace

      Rest In Peace Tyrone
      We love you man! God bless U

      • Chaka

        My brotha its like you don’t really understand the argument I was making in my last statement.You said “you can’t call AZ a legend without calling Nas a legend,first”.I never said AZ was a legend.The argument I was making in that statement against the term legend being ascribed to Jay,Nas and Biggie was that AZ is a dope artist the same way Nas,Jay and Biggie are dope artists;and like Nas,Jay and Biggie,AZ too has great albums under is belt.Yet we have not been too quick to call AZ a legend.So what is reasonableness in calling Biggie,Jay or Nas legends?That was my argument.You also made the following statement in your post “Being legendary is not all about quality albums, great albums do play a MAJOR role, but its also about your story, your character, your personality, your credibility and your affiliation with those who made history. Alot of those guys that you mention broke some social and economic barriers when they released they joints and they also introduce and promoted alot of other rappers.”Here you seem to have given me some of the reasons why you think we ought to ascribe the title legend to artists such as Nas,Jay and Biggie.But lets look at those reasons and see if AZ does’nt fulfil them in a similar way Biggie,Nas and Jay do.Lets start with the artist’s story.AZ’s story can be compared to Nas’s story and AZ has a better story when compared to Biggie or Jay.Next is charater .Like those other three,AZ has his own unique character which stands him out.The same can be said about his personality.This brings us to credibility.When it comes to credibility I think AZ out class any of them three.As for breaking social and economic barriers,if we are to understand the term social and the term economic in a wide sense,I think AZ will be found wanting in the economic part the same way Nas will be found wanting in the economic part.As for the other part(social),AZ is on point.As for the artist’s affiliation with those who made history.This reason to me plays a minor role in giving an artist the legend title.But here too AZ holds his own in a way which can be compared to Nas.You also talked about introduction and promotion of a lot of other rappers.It should ‘t be just any rapper that is introduced and promoted but a dope rapper that would go on to hold his/her own.Now,in this aspect Jay-z,Nas or Biggie cannot be given a pass mark.They have each given to hip hop only one dope artist: Jay-Beanie,Biggie-kim,Nas-foxy.[It wasn’t Nas that gave us AZ.Nas was in no way a tutor to AZ .It was just that AZ first came into the scene through a track in illmatic (Nas’s debut CD).Saying that Nas gave us AZ would be like saying Foxy ,who is no tutor to Jay,gave us Jay because Jay first came to the scene through a track in Ill nana ( Foxy’s debut CD).]Introducing and pomoting one dope artist or even two dope artists is surely a far cry from the ‘a lot’ which you talked about.So my argument in my earlier post still stand.peace

    • Fire

      Chaka,
      KRS One dropped two classic albums in the BDP years (Criminal Minded and By Any Means Necessary). Big Daddy Kane also made two classic albums (Long Live The Kane and It’s A Big Daddy Thing, most of both are included on his greatest hits). I don’t understand how you can say they never dropped classics. I’m not an old timer either, I’m 18. Big Daddy Kane and KRS shaped hip hop (as did Rakim, Dre, 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Cube, etc) and without them the genre would be considerably different.

      • Chaka

        Fire,
        When I was speaking of the works of KRS and Big Daddy Kane I actually said”Tell me which of these artists(m still refering to KRS and BDK) have drop an album that has survived the test of time?”I avoided using the term classic in that statement because this word like the word legend is used inappropiately by some.Some people think because an album is old and has some dope songs in it then it’s a classic.Nay,it must be timeless.It must be an album that the people of all generation can relate to.like what a bob marley’s CD or a Peter Tosh’s CD is doing to reggae.Now,’long live the kane’is a dope album which has good joints like ‘aint no half stepping’,'word 2 d mother land’but it is not a timeless album.the same can be said about’its a big daddy thing’ and the BDP albums which you mentioned(‘the brige is over’and ‘super hoe’ are my favorite tracks in critical minded).These are dope albums but not timeless.We keep these albums like relics in ourshelves but we dont play them.and even when we play them we skip most of the songs because they sound out dated.An example of an hip hop album that is timeless is Dre’s ‘the chronic’.Scarface’s ‘the dairy’is another timeless album.peace

        • E From BK

          Are you kidding me? Are you saying Edutainment doesn’t stand the test of time; or Ghetto Music; or Hip Hop Lives; or Criminal Minded? Are you saying Long Live the Kane is not an absolute classic that bumps today? You “Hip Hop” idiots are the reason the genre is in such a mess. KRS has more significant and timeless albums that ANYONE period! Have you ever gone to a KRS One show? Probably not because if you had you would be like, “Oh shit! That was my joint!”

        • Chaka

          E From BK,
          My brotha read my post very well,I said m an Hip Hop head in Africa so obviously I have never been to any KRS show becos he has never done one in my part of Africa.Other cats like Guru,Treach,Jay,50,Ja rule,Snoop,busta,and more recently Kanye,have been here and I did attend their shows.Now,Ja’s show was great and everyone that attended it were nodding their heads to the joints he did on stage but this does not mean those joints are actually dope.Infact,most hip hop heads over here dont really like Ja’s joints(we think he lost it after his first album).So my brotha the argument you were making about me attending KRS show is irrelievant becos even wack songs can make sense on stage.Another fact I want to point out here is this:becos some of us have certain albums on our shelves does not necessarily mean that those albums have survived the test of time.They could be good old outdated relics.My brotha m very critical when I make analysis on artists,songs or albums.I dont allow my love for an artist to over ride the judgements I make on their works.As much as I love and respect KRS and BDK ,upon critical analysis of their works,the truth to me is that none of them have put out a timeless album.Dope albums,Yes.Great Albums,Yes.Timeless albums,No.There are too many outdated materials in their albums(if not for space I would have made an analysis of all the tracks in their albums to prove to you what I mean) and that to me ripped them of timelessness.Peace

  • Maddolies

    “nigga 50 killed you with one album…”

    Are U Fuckin Serious?

    K.ola = Most Stupid Nigga Alive

    Keep Doing ya thing NaS U One of the few real Rappers in the game these dayz.. I know dis album will be one of the few i actually buy.. Soulja Boy What For?

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  • Niggerachi

    So much for not confusing old-timers and legends, my african brother. Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter. Hip-Hop is way more complicated than it used to be. When KRS, Kane and even Kool G Rap were heavy at it, people was really into the whole movement, my brethren. We’re making it very difficult for legends to develop their skills and become what we think they should… The criticism is part of the problem too. This internet page helps and kills HH at a very similar rate. It brings more money to people in Hip-Hop, but it’s a business now. Oh! Frank Sinatra performed until his last days, I hope we allow KRS, Nas, Rakim and the gang to do the same.
    I’m in a good mood, so peace and no beef to everybody. Oh! Fuck LA Reid!

    • Chaka

      Niggerachi,
      You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was and what a great album that was.Then came which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next, I won’t even comment on this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next,this album like is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this album.There is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and has put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
      his next album and called it,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ,the unbalanced,and the confused(identity);can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.However,not to deviate from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

      • Chaka

        Niggerachi,(pls ignore the first post.)
        You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was ‘Illmatic’ and what a great album that was.Then came ‘it was written’ which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was’I am’,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next’Nastradamus’, I won’t even comment about this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next’Stillmatic’,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next’God Son’,this album like ‘I am’is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next’Street Disciple’,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this albumThere is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and did put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
        his next album and called it’hip hop is dead’,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ‘Nastrademous’ ,the unbalanced’QBfinest’,and the confused(identity)’the firm’;can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.But not to deviate too much from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

      • Chaka

        so many details where daleted from my post above which made it unintelligable.Niggerachi here are the details fill them in.peace[
        ...First was 'Illmatic' and what a great album...Then came 'it was written' which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic...Next was'I am',decent album but here too ...Next'Nastradamus', I won’t even comment...Next'Stillmatic',dope album.I think the criticism...Next'God Son',this album like 'I am'is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing...Next'Street Disciple',what was Nas thinking...So when he dropped
        his next album and called it'hip hop is dead',I almost slept on it.Why?...Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused 'Nastrademous' ,the unbalanced'QBfinest',and the confused(identity)'the firm';can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years...]

    • Chaka

      Niggerachi,
      You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was and what a great album that was.Then came which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next, I won’t even comment on this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next,this album like is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this album.There is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and has put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
      his next album and called it,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ,the unbalanced,and the confused(identity);can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.However not to deviate from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

  • http://www.cnn.com dr.raskizzo my nizzo

    God’s Son…

    Tha Prophet Nas keeping this art alive!

  • Jack

    when can i expect my damn copy i feel like the shit hits news stands before it gets to my mail box whats up with this?

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do?

    this lil nigga named NAS think he live like me, talkin bout he left the hospital takin 5 like me. 2pac punked him years ago

  • http://www.myspace.com/ozrap Soulja OZ

    hes snart..Clever..

    but he ust show dat on his songz like he did on his first a few albumz

  • V-Lo

    Nas is a tru G….’If I wanna say cracker, I’m gonna call somebody a cracker.”…

    N!99@z G’d up from the feet up…

  • Niggerachi

    Yo, everybody! Check how many comments this post has… thank God nas didn’t get shot 9, uhh, 6… times to have us pay attention to him (50 was a better rapper before the incident, my opinion). The name of the album stands out? Yeah, sure, but everybody seems uneasy about it ’cause it’s Nas saying it. And I’m out like that cab driver from The Big Lebowsky.
    Oh! Everybody knows Nas and 50 are cool out of the public eye. The whole fuck fif, fuck Nas thing is not working, guys. They’re both in business with Stouterino and the devil himself, the guy that makes money off of 2pac still… And I’m not talking about Suge. French bitches run you niggas, ask the shareholders at Vivendi. Ahahahaahahahahaha. Oh! And Fuck LA Reid, go fuck with Babyface or something!

    • Chaka Adams

      (this is in reply to your earlier post.pls ignore the first post it left out many things.)
      You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was ‘Illmatic’ and what a great album that was.Then came ‘it was written’ which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was’I am’,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next’Nastradamus’, I won’t even comment about this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next’Stillmatic’,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next’God Son’,this album like ‘I am’is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next’Street Disciple’,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this albumThere is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and did put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
      his next album and called it’hip hop is dead’,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ‘Nastrademous’ ,the unbalanced’QBfinest’,and the confused(identity)’the firm’;can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.But not to deviate too much from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

    • Chaka Adams

      Niggerachi(pls ignore the first post it left out many details.)
      You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was ‘Illmatic’ and what a great album that was.Then came ‘it was written’ which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was’I am’,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next’Nastradamus’, I won’t even comment about this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next’Stillmatic’,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next’God Son’,this album like ‘I am’is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next’Street Disciple’,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this albumThere is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and did put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
      his next album and called it’hip hop is dead’,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ‘Nastrademous’ ,the unbalanced’QBfinest’,and the confused(identity)’the firm’;can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.But not to deviate too much from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

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  • MASE ALL THE WAY FROM AFRICA

    Nas is STILL AN ELITE IN THIS RAP GAME TO START WITH…JIGGA BOWS DOWN TO HIM(MUST HAVE HEARD HIS APOLOGY ON BLACK REP).PRODUCES CLASSICS&REACHES OUT TO KIDS IN AFRICA SUCH AS MYSELF…BILL IS A WHITE TRASH THAT DESERVES TO BE HITTEN OVA THE HEAD WITH A GONG…NAS IS A POWERFUL VOICE HELPING INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD GROW…I DONT GIVE TWO FUCKS ABOUT OPRAH..THAT FUCKEN COCONUT..IM RIDING WITH MY BROTHER ESCO TILL DEATH…(PLS POST THIS ON YOUR MAG)

  • Chaka

    Niggerachi(pls ignore the first reply it left out many details.),
    You said “Nas is a legend, don’t front. This is a very simple matter.”I definitely don’t see the simple matter here.Look at his carrier and the works he has put out.First was ‘Illmatic’ and what a great album that was.Then came ‘it was written’ which to me is an average album and was below the level illmatic had placed him.I think some movies Nas was watching got hold of him when he was doing the songs for It was written and this made him to abandon his nasty nas identity for a mafiaso identity on that album and this greatly affected it.Next was’I am’,decent album but here too he has not fully shaken off that silly mafiaso identity..Next’Nastradamus’, I won’t even comment about this one since everyone agrees this album is way below average.Next’Stillmatic’,dope album.I think the criticism from fans and enemies played a major role in the success of this album.Next’God Son’,this album like ‘I am’is a decent effort but once again we see Nas failing to maintain a standard which a previous work had placed him.Next’Street Disciple’,what was Nas thinking when he was doing this albumThere is too much incohent matter in it which goes to show that he cannot handle many songs on one album.At this point if you look at Nas’ carrier you will find out that he has not been consistent with the standand of his albums and did put out more average albums than dope albums.(Actually a legend puts out more dope albums than average albums)So when he dropped
    his next album and called it’hip hop is dead’,I almost slept on it.Why?Becos judging form his previous works he has not done much to keep hip hop alive.Infact,some of his previous works,like the unfocused ‘Nastrademous’ ,the unbalanced’QBfinest’,and the confused(identity)’the firm’;can be classed among the many albums that have been decaying hip hop over the years.To me Hip Hop is dead is just a phrase which Nas attempt to use to under rate the works,contributions and character of other average rappers that are making it more than him.It was like he was saying:over the years I have made better hip hop songs than Mase or lil’wayne.Yet during the Badboy era Mase made more sales than me and more recently Wayne is making more sales than me.Since the listening audience prefers an average rapper like Mase or Wayne to the dope rapper Nas then Hip Hop is dead.But not to deviate too much from the discussion at hand.How would you rate the album hip hop is dead?This to me is another decent effort from the dope lyricist Nas.Nothing exta-ordinary in it.So you see my brotha, your claim that its a very simple matter that Nas is a legend is not that very simple as you think.One can simply point to the many inconsistencies of Nas’works to contest the legendary status most people ascribe to him.After all,like Rell admitted in his post on this blog,great albums do play a major role in given the title legend to an artist.Your remark about me being your African brother was cool though.Its nice hearing one individual using the term brother for another.That way we can see that we all are decendants of one man and stop all the hating nonsense that is going on in the world today.peace my brotha.

  • Self Wise

    Nas stayed true always, regardless to whom or what, or what anybody has or had to say. He is a magnificant story teller, and has told many aspects of our story that needs to be heard regardless to whether anyone wants to listen. I know he’s got it in him, where he wont rest unless he speaks his mind, and I love that he can do that, and we should all support him in dooing so, because the stories, the humanity is all our story. Let’s keep this hip hop, this truth alive, Peace to the God!

  • Niggerachi

    I steel feel like it is a simple matter to determine Nas status as a legend, but I do overstand your points, brother. The thing is I’m not sure if Nas is better when he’s being criticized or the opposite… we can all agree on one thing, thoug. If Nas really, really loses, then we’re up shit creek for real. I was watching the pray(live) video, and guess what… Steve Stoute is on it… maybe I assume Nas is a legend because of all the bullshit he’s been through and still recording, or maybe It’s just me thinking of a Nas line every time I’m prepared to say He’s lost… My brother, honest to God, I think this a discussion for the ages, you know? As of right now there’s no right or wrong. I’m re-reading your posts and any man that didn’t give a shit about the culture wouldn’t write what you wrote here… it’s just a man and his music, his thoughts. There’s a lot to be considered before we jump into any conclusions, but I want to stay positive about it, and I’m pretty sure you are too. This shit look like we’re defending a thesis or something. Many legends (you see what I’m saying) were asked to dumb it down, some did, some did not. Nas tried, I think, but it wasn’t for him. Every time he says he’s ready to fuck with radio, have fun with radio, he shares a headache with his fans… this is too much already. I’ll wait a few more years before I go public with my reasons to say Nas is a legend, but I believe he is. I won’t state that based solely on his album work… I don’t think I prove any pointe with the post, but hey! I’m glad we’re talking.

    Peace out,

    Niggerachi

    • Chaka

      My brotha m glad too that we’re talking.The whole discussion was worth it and shows our love and concern for the culture.I guess you understand what I was doing here was preventing brothers from commonising the term ‘legend’ and the term ‘classic’.If we are not critical in our use of these terms, tomorrow they will be falsely claimed by an average rapper like T.I or Lil’Wayne.After all,T.I has falsely made a claim to the title ‘king’ and lil’wayne has falsely made a claim to the phrase’best rapper alive’.Actually I don’t know what those two brothers were thinking when they were making such claims.Did T.I forget about Scarface?Did wayne forget that Nas,Jay,or even Ludacris that lives next door are still alive?Nay,I don’t think those two brothers forgot anything.It was because the term ‘king’ and the phrase ‘best rapper alive’ have been commonised that was why those two brothers could easily make their respective claims even when they know the evidence was against them.One love my brother Niggerachi.peace

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  • Justin

    screw everyone who hates nas nas puts out some good shit and everyone hates ether becuas ehis name for the album is nigger or becuz u hate him for no reason case close
    nas is the greatest from the east and i can careless what people think

  • Niggerachi

    That’s what’s up, brethren. When I hear people saying that Lil’ Wayne, Jeezy, T.I. are the new leaders, and that I live in the past… I’m always like: Is Face co-signing any of them? Even David Banner way back, during the Crooked Lettaz days and shit. Are you people on crack? To count them out like that? I do think that Nas said Hip-Hop was Dead because of the industry factor, like He believes in the culture still, but the rest is really not worth it. Some down south brothers hated on it, but it’s not about them really. It’s about letting Jimmy Iovine tell you what to do next (I’m mad at Jimmy for what Eminem has become. Get out of tha hole, Marshall!), instead of having, say, a Marley Marl tell you something. Since he’s Nas, though, he can’t really say it loud. Steve Stoute is the devil, you see the connection. I’m pretty sure he was talking about that way back when he rhymed about the deals made by God and the devil… My brother, I’m runnin’ late for a session. You are right to not let people use “legend” and “classic” without the knowledge of the real weight each one carries. I’m pretty sure you’re into making your own music as well. Much respect.

    Peace out,

    Niggerachi

  • Sarita

    Chaka, post your e-mail, so you can debate there! Damn!!

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  • the G.O.D

    Peace to Man, Woman and Child

    First of all, a couple of the comments above showed that there is a little bit of intelligence on the net which is good. Now one individual somehow has problems with Nas’ being classified as a legend; First let’s look at the so-called legends; Pax was dodged by inconsistencies since his first single with D.U; his best work arguable still remains that song off Above the Rim. Now as far as Nas goes-Illmatic, most of y’all did not even buy the album. The song that showed me he was poised for legendary status was Half-time, flow, cadence, choice of words were above and beyond other rappers, I mean M.C.s; Granted It was written had problems but still remain a good album-it just shows that he got caught up in living that good life (flossing?) that all street folks dream of.

    I Am tried to make up for it but the artist was still being stretched in two different directions; Nastradamus, that song with Ginuwine messed the vibe up but Project windows made up for it–although I didn’t like the beat-I do not like singers on Hip-hop joints.

    Stillmatic rightened the ship, God’s son and Street’s Disciples completed the rejuvenation and Hip-Hop’s Dead started a new saga.

    Wheteher you agree or not give props where it is due. Before anyone comments, all artists have tried different things. (Ra did joints wit Mobb, Jay, Krs-One, Kanye; collabo he only did with R&B artists see Watley and the Truth)
    People change, once things become routine everything begins to stagnate and comparing an artist’s whole body of work to his first album is not entirely fair.

    To sum up “you couldn’t catch Nas with even an ounce of reefer that’s like O.J tring to be a N…..”

    One

  • http://AT&TYahoo HIP-HOP IS DEAD-M.C.’S-R-RARE

    There r 2 many rappers….Using this as a hustle! Puttin out Anything 2 get $$$.What happened 2 the M.C. with a story 2 tell doin it 4 the art 1st & lettin the $$$ cum wit it???

  • the G.O.D

    Peace

    correction: remains, OJ Trying to……et al

  • the G.O.D

    Peace

    corrections: remains, OJ Trying to……et al

    • chaka

      The G.O.D,
      My brother please don’t get me wrong,I give props to whom props is due and this is very clear from all my posts.I love and respect Nas and I think he is one of the dopest lyricist out there;but me saying that the title legend should not be used for Nas at this moment does’nt mean am downgrading or disrespect him.Actually,I didnt rule out the chance of him being a legend someday and this is clear from one of my earlier post where I said:”Nas and Jay still could become legends one day but for now they are not.they have not done enough to truly deserve that title”From this statement it is clear that I believe Nas is on point on becoming a legend even if I feel he is not one at this moment.I gave my reasons for taking this position and you did’nt refute any of them.Rather you went on to make a comparism btw Nas and Pac.By doing this you strenghtened my arguments even more.Becos no one who has truly listened to all the work from Pac can compare him with Nas.The only place Nas has an edge over Pac is the lyrical aspect(by this I mean lyrical skills,not lyrical content).All other things(lyrical content,depth,story,poetry,credibility,e.t.c) Pac is way much better.My brotha the song off above the rim sdtk[I suppose you mean thug life’s pour out a little liquor.Or do you mean one of his two songs that were dropped from that sdtk,i.e Pain,loyal to the game]cannot be Pac’s best work.Go chop the following albums from Pac/the groupTthuglife and listen to the following songs:2pacalypse now album-brenda got a baby,soujas story,trapped,rebel of the underground;Strictly 4 my niggas album-souljas revenge,keep ya head up,I get around,street r deathrow,holla if you hear me,last words,papa’s song;Thugs life’s volume 1album-cradle 2 the grave,how long will they mourn,bury me a g,str8 balling;Me against the world album-dear mama,so many tears,death around the corner,temptations,I cant get away;All eyes on me album-ambitions as a ridah,got my mind made up,how do u wnt it,califonia love,hearts of men,life goes on,no mor pain,life goes on,picture me rollin;Don killumanati album-bomb first,hail mary,krazy,me and my girl friend,whitemens world.]Although,not an exhausted list, the above listed songs too are some of Pac’s best works.Again,unlike Nas’ albums, Pac’s albums has not been plagued with many inconsistencies.I feel Pac never lost focus as per is lyrical content till his demise.peace

    • Chaka

      The G.O.D,
      My brother please don’t get me wrong,I give props to whom props is due and this is very clear from all my posts.I love and respect Nas and I think he is one of the dopest lyricist out there;but me saying that the title legend should not be used for Nas at this moment does’nt mean am downgrading or disrespect him.Actually,I didnt rule out the chance of him being a legend someday and this is clear from one of my earlier post where I said:”Nas and Jay still could become legends one day but for now they are not.they have not done enough to truly deserve that title”From this statement it is clear that I believe Nas is on point on becoming a legend even if I feel he is not one at this moment.I gave my reasons for taking this position and you did’nt refute any of them.Rather you went on to make a comparism btw Nas and Pac.By doing this you strenghtened my arguments even more.Becos no one who has truly listened to all the work from Pac can compare him with Nas.The only place Nas has an edge over Pac is the lyrical aspect(by this I mean lyrical skills,not lyrical content).All other things(lyrical content,depth,story,poetry,credibility,e.t.c) Pac is way much better.My brotha the song off above the rim sdtk[I suppose you mean thug life’s pour out a little liquor.Or do you mean one of his two songs that were dropped from that sdtk,i.e Pain,loyal to the game]cannot be Pac’s best work.Go chop the following albums from Pac/the groupTthuglife and listen to the following songs:2pacalypse now album-brenda got a baby,soujas story,trapped,rebel of the underground;Strictly 4 my niggas album-souljas revenge,keep ya head up,I get around,street r deathrow,holla if you hear me,last words,papa’s song;Thugs life’s volume 1album-cradle 2 the grave,how long will they mourn,bury me a g,str8 balling;Me against the world album-dear mama,so many tears,death around the corner,temptations,I cant get away;All eyes on me album-ambitions as a ridah,got my mind made up,how do u wnt it,califonia love,hearts of men,life goes on,no mor pain,life goes on,picture me rollin;Don killumanati album-bomb first,hail mary,krazy,me and my girl friend,whitemens world.]Although,not an exhausted list, the above listed songs too are some of Pac’s best works.Again,unlike Nas’ albums, Pac’s albums has not been plagued with many inconsistencies.I feel Pac never lost focus as per is lyrical content till his demise.Finally,you said: “comparing an artist’s whole body of work to his first album is not entirely fair”.For me I think it is entirely fair.Why?Because a good artist is meant to develop and grow after each works.Pac did this in the albums he released before his death.peace

  • the G.O.D

    Peace

    the song I was talking about has a line that says ‘before I go broke I’ll be a drug dealer’ ; Basically we could go back and forth all day on this one, blame it on my beeing a New Yorker; What I meant by legend status is this; Pac had to find his flow while Nas did not have to. Another thing few artists have come into the game and change how everyone else flows; Rakim came on the scene when everybody was trying to be the next L.L.; Kool G. inspired a lot of people (Scarface and countless mid-west, southern and west coast artists can attest to that) Pac even bit one of his rhyming scheme on his second album; With all due respect Pac only sounded great when he tried to be something he was and that was not a thug. I had a chance to live in Beantown where gangs were everywhere, and I have to admit that I God, ran with one of the illest the Vamp Hill Kings and trust me all that glorifying thug nonsense ain’t what it was and is and will ever be; The weakest ones listen to so-called thug music and thought they were killers, and at the end they broke down.

    Returning back to the subject few are the artists who have come in the rap game and changed it for the better. Nas has, Ra has, Biggie did it, Pac did it; Face has and many others. The point is people like Guru & Primo, WU, Cube, and so many are legends cause they brought something new to the table.

    Peace

  • http://myspace.com/itrazk Lil’ Trazk

    Wow, I went to the store to get my mag,and guess who was on the cover. It was my boy Nas! This is the boy that’s gonna make the best album in 2008.He went from Illmatic to Hip Hop is Dead, and now it’s Nigger! Nas is a REAL street nigga, he’s got guts! MOST rappers nowadays ain’t got that no more. Nas keep up the good work by makin these great albums!

  • Blazn

    GREATEST RAPPER ALIVE!!!! PERIOD….

  • Golden Shield Posse

    Nas is a legend. Period. I was watching the classic albums DVD – Reasonable doubt, and boy Jay tried to downplay Nas line as reference for Dead Presidents, Ski said something like: Jay was ill, the beat was ill, and that Nas line. Perfect. Niggaz be trying to diminish Nasir’s status for a long time. oh, and the credits said it was filmed in 2006, so Jay had no reason to diminish Nas… It’s just competition, one might say, but no. It’s jealousy and envy. The only way Jay is better than Nas is being richer than him. AZ told MTV a while back that Damon Dash paid 10G to have him on the set for a Jay-Z video, now he’s a legend, go figure. Maybe I’m crazy… I want have intelligent discussions and all that, but let me be ignorant for a minute: NAS IS A FUCKING LEGEND ALREADY! I shouldn’t be typing this long to prove my point. Oh, he doesn’t make music for the club. He tried and he failed. Well, fuck you! Go listen Sucka Boy, then. Yall people kill me. That’s why Kanye got 4 grammys and Nas never got one. He’s doing it for people that don’t really overstand his views. Kanye is dope and all, I respect Jay enough to pay for his albums and DVDs, but Nas. Come on, people, FUCKIN’ LEGEND. Watch Iovine and Dre spin shit up and create a monster single with Nas, Jay and Eminem as a comeback for the kid from the D.

    I won’t reply shit. Niggas been using Nas as a source for ideas, flows, even business decisions, but yall dumb as hell.

    “These nerds at record labels played me dumb and dumber, so I showed the industry my ass crack like a plumber”

    Next up: Jay Electronica

  • T-PHLOW

    ya mayne i thought what Nas had to say in this article was moving. i had nothing against it was pretty straight forward no explanation mark on this nativez forehead.
    and the part about him and Hova was seemed to be the truth to me but i’d never call Nas the greatest sure hes had his time in lime, Like everyone else we all fall down hahaha and were all going to sleep forever *cough* death.
    so why not just enjoy the time and the shine now and worry about the fall later, think about it now, and know later than no later ya peep?

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