DJ Green Lantern & Nas: The Nigger Tape

Since he dropped Illmatic in ’94, Nas has always been hailed as the ghetto messiah. His lyrics and rhymes held more jewels than Jacob and Tiffany combined. On this mixtape, the skits and movie audio used alone make it an attention grabber. And don’t get me started on the lyrical content, on joints like “Cops Keep Firing” and “Black President.” And his rhymes on “Seen It All” with that Dr. Dre-sounding beat had the young god open like it was ’96 all over again. Only thing that had me bugging was, I really didn’t see the point in having Mike Tyson say “Iron Mike is in the house! Iron Mike is in the house!” on “Legendary.” I love Mike just as much as the next thug, but damn. Mike probably did that for a few bags of groceries. [Editor's note: Hilarious, O, but "Legendary" is the title track of an upcoming Mike Tyson doc] But it don’t matter, this mixtape was off the meat rack and these young cats that swear Nas is irrelevant in today’s rap game need to get they MySpace-ass mind right. Yeah, it’s ’08 but some MC’s are timeless.

Hottest joint: “Seen It All”

Weakest joint: “Esco Let’s Go”

  • Peru

    I aint never been a big Nas fan and still haven’t jumped on this Nigger Bandwagon. I have one gripe with Nas, I dont know how many niggas out there have written a verse without hearing an instrumental then tried to match that verse to an instrumental and got all those akward pauses and irregular stretched words when trying to fit the flow with the beat, but it just dont sound clean. Its sounds sloppy and thats what I hear alot with Nas’ music. Like he wrote the verse and is just hoping the verse molds itself into the beat. I dont know if thats his style or what but I personally dont like it. The mixtape was decent tho…

    • H. IMPERIAL

      DAWGZ U ARE BUGGIN’….CAN U TELL ME A BETTA MC THAN HIM & DON’T SAY JAY Z…HE ALREADY BODIED HIM….WHO U LIKE…50….U BETTA LISTEN 2 THAT TRUE HIPHOP…

      http://www.imperialfilmworks.com

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/iclyrics Chris Mac

    Nas, you single handedly set black people back 100 years. Im white and I can see what the fuck your doin is stupid. What if i put my shit out and called it N*gger Noize you mofuckas would have my head. The album was bad to say the least, it dont matter wtf you call it as long as its good. You shoulda called your album no longer talented! Northside what!

    • E20

      You damn right white boy. If you called it White Trash Cracker Noize no one would trip…But if Nas did that everyone would have a problem with him and call him racist.

      Get your facts str8. Rappers like 50cent “single handedly” set black people back 100 years by fabricating stories about his life and epitomizing every negative stereotype that honk honks like you dream up and sell as cool to suburban white boys who are too shelterd to know better. 95% of the 50cent rappers that are selling platinum now spit fairytale rhymes that you love over some soft R&B beat. Nas comes correct and with the truth and you take the time out of your day to hate on him? Real recognizes real, and by looking at soundscan its not alot of real dudes out, all the fake dudes is selling(out). I feel sorry for your moms. Southside what it is!

    • A

      Dude, you’re so off. Who gave you the mic to be the voice for black people? Nas is pointing out the obvious. And it’s obvious that you didn’t listen to the album b/c it covered way more then the black race and it wasn’t negative. You’re probably some neo-conservative voting 4 more years of McBush. You wouldn’t like that album.

      Eastside player!

  • DJ Knox

    Yeah, thats what he does…he said so on a song off the God’s Son album in the intro to song produced by The Alchemist. He’s gotta “rhyme book”, remember? And we’re slaves in the pages of it…Nas is still the illest MC, tho.

  • jREDMOND

    you fucks are dumb…smh
    I’m sorry nas’ shit is beyond y’all
    also, you should probaly listen before commenting. just a thought.

  • http://xxlmag.com Shadythagreat

    @ Chris Mac…Lol. You a funny ass white BOY. How dare you try to diss the greastest rapper alive. If you would’ve put out an album call “N***er Noize,fuck going upside your head we will be in your small “hicktown” protesting our ass off then go upside your head. Your ancestors have done some much to my black race,it definitely would be wrong for you to use the N word. We can do it whites cant. Remember this to…Black can make any color,white can make shit. You came from the black race dummy!

  • Peru

    I’ll explain why niggas is so obsessed with the numbers an album does. Because somewhere in the midst of things all niggas started caring about was the money. Even when someone calls a nigga out for putting out shitty music, there is always someone else saying “Atleast he gettin money and you aint doin shit”…so we relate album sales to financial success and financial success to artistic talent. I know its ass backwards but you try telling that to a race of people that use negative words to describe positivity and vice versa. We’re just ASS BACKWARDS!!!

    • E20

      “a race of people that use negative words to describe positivity and vice versa”

      If by “race of people” you mean black people…I can’t believe you said that cracker jack shit! lol! You just stop listening to hip hop music all together because obviously you don’t get it, thats what you do. That statment you said is beyond false. Black people use positive words to describe negatives and vice versa? You sir, you are square.

  • BABY BOY

    Nas said it best people fear what they can’t understand. Its time to stop dancing and we needed this nas album to raise awareness of whats goin on. Ya’ll better appreciate nas why he is still hear because there will never be another like him he’s the best.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com cpain94

    like i said b4 nas aint got no swag.people want to hate on weezy,game…but them dudes got a certain amount of swag,nas is and has been boring as fuck! he just recitin rhymes his lyrics is ill but shit he has no emotion to em

    • jSeres

      No emotion? Get real motherfucker. Weezy has emotion? Lick Lick Lick like a lolipop thats a fucking ton of emotion right there, right?

  • BABY BOY

    NAS IS THE BEST POINT BLANK PERIOD.

  • paychexx

    nas is the illest, so what if he dont ryhme on the beat, you suppose to be listening to the lyrics. the nigger tape is crushing everybody else that drop this year or last year excluding m.a.d.e. by scarface(classic album)
    peace god!

  • Peru

    Nigga I’m black, I can say whatever the fuck I want about niggas and my race!!! When we say something is “Bad” a nigga’s initial reaction is that its something good. That shit is fucking stupid and act like niggas dont do that shit. Niggas call shit dope, when the fuck has dope been good for users??? And another example, everyone of these rappers say “they are the shit!!!” Since when is being shit, being bodily waste, a good thing??? Ignorant nigga, get ya shit straight!!!

    • E20

      You’re black??? You’re a dissapointment is what you are you jigga boo fake Nigger you lol.

      Give me some examples of how my people use positive words to describe negatives……
      Ill wait…….

      If you don’t know why people in general use words like crack, dope, sick, or ill. Its because of their addictive and/or contageous sounds thats not really negative. When something is “bad”, it has attitude and white people came up with that one you uncle tom coon nigger.

      Please get out of the suburbs, start listening to real music, and grow up…You smart dumb nigga.

      I can see why you don’t like Nas some shit just goes right over your head dont it. I bet sometimes it feels like everyones in on a joke but you.

  • te noh

    “What if i put my shit out and called it N*gger Noize”

    You would be Bishop Lamont, if you weren’t a pussy cracka.

  • Chris Mac

    Man you mofucks are stupid. Nas has to be one of the illest rappers in the game period. But him trying to sell a few milli records off a word that discriminates your grand parents is wrong. Dont get on here on talk like the black race is the only race that has had it hard and grew up poor. Every race,creed, and culture, has had it rough. I aint trailor park, and im damn sure not suburburn. Ya’ll mofuckas can hate umma do me. NORTHSIDES UP!

  • The_Truth

    **50 CENT/ 3-6 MAFIA/ RICK ROSS/ YOUNG JEEZY/ LIL BOOSIE/ WEBBIE/ SOULJA BOY/ etc.—-SET US BACK 150 YEARS!**

    Does anyone know the WHITE HOUSE got in contact with Def Jam when they heard of the album title NIGGER, and Nas was doing it?? If Jeezy titled his album NIGGER, they would careless because it only contributes to genocide. Like it or not, Nas is legendary, and deserves respect. I don’t expect anyone who thinks Wayne is “the greatest rapper alive” to understand. -1

  • kingequality

    why people didnt have any problem putting out NWA albulms and they were going double plat back then . If it was a rapper on some straight negativity they would of let him get that off all day. They know in the climate we in today a person like nas could stir some real shit up the purpose of the albulm was to start up talks and having people put certain issue on the front burner again and so far its working aint too many rappers that could say they could put out a cd that would touch the world and start some political reform We went from the stop the violence movement back to niggas killing each other and singing and dancing to it like thats shits cool 10 15 years from now nas will be remembered for his poetry you cant say that bout too many rappers

  • Peru

    E20, what the fuck you talkin bout nigga…your whole argument is askew…I said MY RACE, BLACK PEOPLE, use negative words to describe things in a positive aspect. NOT POSITIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE NEGATIVE SHIT DUMB ASS!!! And I gave you examples in my last post asshole:

    “Everyone of these rappers say “they are the shit!!!” Since when is being shit, being bodily waste, a good thing???”

    I dont even know why I’m arguing with you…(shutdown computer)

  • E20

    Dumb Ass you said:

    “a race of people that use negative words to describe positivity and vice versa”

    Do you know what vice versa means? Read a book bitch.

    I hope you never shut your computer back on.

  • Peru

    The vice versa was not so much of that statement but more of the fact black folks look at positivity as negative…for example, getting a degree is looked at as selling out. Having a Job is looked at as being a sucker. Taking care of your kids and loving your woman is looked at as square. I WIN!!!

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    This was a CrAzY mixtape. What I love most about it, other than the lyrical content was the fact that most of the mixtape didn’t make the album. I believe both only have N.I.G.G.E.R, Hero and Black President. This way I wasn’t cheated in either of my purchase. It’s sad when you got a horrible artist like Lil Wayne going platinum. Nas “Nigger” album is the best I heard this year. Hands Down!

  • Rae Tha Great

    LET’S GO ESCO was the best joint WTF they talking about weakest DJ KHALIL killed that beat NAS murdered it, flat out. I been banging the mixtape and the album since. PEACE

  • zherow

    Yeah, most of these dudes need to listen to ‘Untitled 9th Studio Album’(album doesn’t have a name). Really, burying Nigger, Nigga, Nucca, what ever you wan’t to call it doesn’t change the attitude at all. I don’t use the word because I personally don’t like it, but shit, Nas had a point and is making it. I wasn’t even mad at the title at all, Def Jam was being a bitch. And for the White dude who was talking about making an album Nigger Noize, you REALLY missed the point of the cd and the mixtape, as well as most the people dissing him. Yeah, I’m Black (before anyone asks), I don’t use ‘nigga’, but Nas was on point. Niggas are like roaches, and even if you pay attention to the intro, you already understand at what he getting at, along with Be a Nigger Too Remix. Shit, this is basically the Boondocks in musical translation, which was also used in the intro. Plus, if I was to award biggest nigger award, it would be split between Plies and Jesse Jackson. Those are some niggers for real, niggas. What defines a word is its ability to effect people, and I really found it funny dudes that use ‘nigga’ all the time got offended by this.