New Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead


Ok so I know I’d be just like everyone else if I said that no album Nas ever makes can ever compete to his 1994 masterpiece, Illmatic, but goddamnit his newest effort is close. With his 2006 release, Hip Hop is Dead, Kelis’s significant other is clearly maturing into a multidimensional emcee, while still trying to return to the roots that helped create Illmatic. I’ve always loved Nas, though I must say I haven’t enjoyed much of his new stuff, with the exception of a few songs (“Bridging the Gap”, “Got Yourself a Gun”). I’ve also never understood the ‘beef’ between him and another hip-hop mogul, Jay-Z. The two have been feuding for years, so I was absolutely stunned to hear Jay on Hip Hop is Dead‘s “Black Republican”. It’s a shame the two didn’t kiss and make up earlier, because they would’ve already made more unique tracks like this one.

The title track is my personal favorite, with up-and-coming producer (of Black Eyed Peas) pulling a Kanye with his sample of “In Da Gadda Da Vida”. This song shows a new dimension of Nas, since most of his top tracks are more reflective, slow, and lyrically strong (like “One Love” or “One Mic”, for example). Hip Hop is Dead is still chock full of these reflective tracks, but, in my opinion, the strong points of the album are tracks where Nas strays from this comfortable style. Songs like “Where Are They Now” and “Can’t Forget About You” demonstrate Nas’s multi-dimensional style, and I like what I hear so far.

The album release date is set for December 19th, but you can preorder the album here. Be sure to check it out when it drops, because Nas is back, and he’s at the top of his game.

Nas – Black Republican (ft. Jay-Z)
Nas – Hip Hop is Dead

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7 Responses to New Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

  1. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank says:

    I am a fan of this blog and i dont intend to offend anoyone but maybe you should do some homework before posting. while these songs are very good indeed the actual post itself is slightly generic. I think more incisive information could have been given about Nas, about his feud with Jayz and the reasons why he is a unique performer who has returned to the top of his game. A quick browse through wikipedia would have given you enough info for this.

    other than that the other recent posts have been spot on. The holiday mix tape has been a joy

    apologies for the slightly negative tone of this post, i do generally very much enjoy and appreciate this blog and read it regularly, keep up the good work

  2. allthingsgo says:

    i understand your argument, and agree because this post was written in under 20 minutes. i also, however, refuse to use wikipedia for this blog, because of the nature of some blogs and their commonly just stealing from wikipedia offerings, or from changing the text a little bit, which requires very little original thought. i believe that we here provide more insight than many blogs that just say heres the hot jam now listen do, and we are constantly trying to improve our writing and find different adjectives to describe artists, but, i am not a journalism major, im an elementary education major, so i like explaining things simply and clearly. ill make a more concerted effort for you guys though.

  3. JW says:

    Wikipedia is a useful secondary source, but hey if you are prone to plagerism probably not a good place to visit. Sometimes the most interesting discoveries stem from ignorance, eg Srinivasa Ramanujan. My take is that feuds seem to be gimmics that don’t concern themselves with the art, I dont care if Nas recently made comments about NYPD. I give the post 5/5 stars.

  4. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbank says:

    i should have said “a quick browse, even through wikipedia, would get you info”. Anyhow, doesnt matter. Just keep on doing what you are doing, forget i mentioed anything.

    As i said, i do generally really enjoy the blog. A lot of the music you post about is unreleased or little known in Europe so its always fun to discover new artists,

    thumbs up

  5. Laura says:

    i don’t get this guy. so this “hip hop is dead” criticism on how hip hop have been turned into sex, hoes, and what not…it’s things like her girlfriend’s (wife?) “milkshake” makes it alright.

  6. wikipedia says:

    Wikipedia is the key to most success online, when it comes to collabritive content adding. I have spent many hours writing articles for Jimmy Wales and am very happy with this project. I am based in Seminole FL close to the wikipedia offices in St Petersburg. I love contributing!

    Happy New Year Bloggers!

  7. dealthedeck says:


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