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Posted by: Dave on January 20, 2007 at 12:57 pm

NasHipHopIsDeadLyrics: One of the greatest MCs ever returns with a conflicted and contradictory look at the current state of hip hop: Nas pays tribute to historical hip hop figures from the late 70s, 80s and early 90s, while lamenting the commercialization that has corrupted the art form’s original intentions. At the same time, he brags about the riches he’s acquired, though feels guilty about the negative effect his and his contemporaries’ success has had on hip hop.
Sound: A wide array of street ready production that ranges from slick, synth-heavy and orchestrated to gritty, spare and old-school funky. Nas also jumps back to the early half of the 20th Century by using some jazz-standard crooning and by taking on the persona of a Prohibition-era gangster. Plus, on the title track he reprises the Iron Butterfly “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” sample he used on “Thief’s Theme” (my #18 song of 2004). It feels lazy, but it is a great beat.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Money Over Bullshit”; “Blunt Ashes”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Hip Hop Is Dead”; “Black Republican” featuring Jay-Z
Explicit Lyrics*: On pretty much every track. You’ll need the clean version if you’ve got to keep your music FCC-friendly.
Recommended: The confused messages on Hip Hop Is Dead can be a little off-putting and overbearing, but Nas unleashes several potent lyrical insights. This isn’t an elite Nas album, but it has more to offer than most hip hop releases these days.
Grade: B+

Listen to Tracks/Buy CD:
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* Noting of explicit lyrics is for the benefit of radio music directors or anyone else that needs/wants to keep their music FCC-friendly.



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