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One of the greatest albums of all time. Lets just reflect on that for a minute………….cool, continue reading.
People must be really bored this week. The big news on the Internets is that Nas has been accused of having Ghost Writers on his ‘Untitled’ album, which was his self confessed non-commercial effort. Twitter Twatter on the web, sites talking about him like he was on trial, Radio DJs using airtime to talk on it.
There’s speculation that blah blah wrote verse 2 of track X, according to people that weren’t in the studio or can provide empirical proof that such an incident took place. ‘Mc someone told me over the phone yo’.
Is this it?
Is this how handle one of the greatest MCs of our time?
The MC that inspired your other favourite rapper, the Wu-tangs, the Bad Boys, the Rockafellas, the G.O.O.D. MCs, the MMGs, the YMCBs, and the TDEs.
He changed the game and started the Purple period that was mid-90s HipHop. Is this how we witch hunt someone who created a genre defining album of our time, ‘Illmatic’?
Many people don’t know how the actual creative process works, anything is an influence when writing a rap, it could be anything, a film, an event on the news, the fans, etc. When working on a track, most MCs have a creative team that they trust to help structure the best lyrics possible. If they haven’t its why you haven’t heard of them. He already told you…
‘No Idea’s Original’ Nas, The Lost Tapes, 2002
The manager, the producer, the DJ, the guest collaborator, the engineer, the weed carrier, the vibes man, the mandem all contribute in one way or another in the studio. Technically, no one actually writes everything on their own. Most hooks on choruses are written by a writer, then sung by your favourite crooner on your favourite rappers track. Your cool with all of this, but you’re not cool with the fact that a rapper ‘may’ have worked with another rapper on his 10th album?
Even if Nas did get help from Stic man and Jay Electronica on 3 tracks of his 10th album, one of his lowest selling albums, is that really a bad thing?
It isn’t, is it?
I really despise this internet culture of waiting to hate.
Trying to assinate Nas’s character isn’t worth a few extra Twitter followers.
Can we celebrate rather than decimate? At the very least respect the architect?