Hip Hop Is Dead (Explicit Version) CD (2006)

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Title and all, Nas's eighth solo album clearly intends to spark controversy. But what gives Nasir Jones the right to declare that HIP HOP IS DEAD? For one Nas's 5-mic debut album ILLMATIC represents the best of a by-gone era. Since then he's tried to find his place in the ever-evolving genre, flirting with the mainstream to mixed results, all the while mired in beef with former allies and childhood friends as well industry rivals. The fact that HIP-HOP IS DEAD is the product of his teaming with one of those former(?) rivals, Jay-Z, shows that business trumps beef--as Nas emphasizes on track one, "Money Over Bull****."

The title cut, with its pounding Iron Butterfly beat and nihilistic lyrics, is profoundly provocative. And while the long-awaited collaboration with Jay-Z on "Black Republicans" will inevitably draw attention, Nas shows he's best on his own--doing his Sam Spade impression in the hard-boiled detective story "Who Killed It"; producing an unapologetic swansong to his hood life in "Not Going Back"; and spitting introspective street poetry in "Can't Forget About You." Nas is past trying to relive his ILLMATIC glory--and that's ultimately the point--yet HIP HOP IS DEAD contains both the gutter ghetto anthems and gritty brilliance that made him a legend in the first place.

Specifications

Label DEF Jam
SKU 203410192
UPC 602517028296
UPC 14 00602517028296
Format CD
Release Date 12/19/2006
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Author Nas
Compilation Appearance Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance R. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Art Of Storytelling (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Murda Muzik (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Kiss Tha Game Goodbye (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Aziatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Fix (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Just Tryin' Ta Live (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 8 Mile (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Take A Look In The Mirror (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Red Light District (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Late Registration
Compilation Appearance Late Registration (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Welcome To Jamrock (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Better Dayz(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance The Big Bang (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Doctor's Advocate(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Professional Part 3(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Street Love
Compilation Appearance Evolution Of The Groove
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Compilation Appearance LAX(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance LAX (Clean)
Compilation Appearance LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Theater Of The Mind(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS 6(Explicit Version)
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Compilation Appearance BLACC HOLLYWOOD(Explicit Version)
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Associated Artist/Work J. Period
Associated Artist/Work Khalifa, Wiz
Associated Artist/Work Marley, Damian
Technical Info
Engineer Marc Lee; Conrad Golding; John Stahl; Andrew Dawson; Brian Sumner; Kevin Crouse
Producer Will.I.Am; Kanye West; Scott Spencer Storch; Nas; Chris Webber; Mark Batson; Salaam Remi; Aaron Fessel; Paul Cho; Alvin West; Devo Springsteen; Will.I.Am; Kanye West; Scott Spencer Storch; Dr. Dre; Nas; Chris Webber; L.E.S.; Mark Batson; Stargate; Salaam
CatalogID 0007229
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 12/19/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 60m : 16s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517028296
Musical Guests
The Game
Jay-Z
Snoop Dogg
Kanye West
Kelis
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Adam Hill (viola); Vincent Henry (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone); LeRoi Moore (saxophone); Bruce Purse (trumpet, bass trumpet, flugelhorn); W. Marshall Sealy (French horn); Mark Batson, Salaam Remi (keyboards, drums); Paul Cho, Mike Elizondo (keyboards).
Additional personnel: Marsha Ambrosius, Jay-Z, Kelis, Snoop Dogg, Game.
Audio Mixers: Dylan Dresdow; Kevin Crouse.
Recording information: Amerycan Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chung King, New York, NY; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Legacy Studios, New York, NY; Mandatory Entertainment; NRG Studios, N. Hollywood, CA; Record One Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Sony Music Studios, New York, NY; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; the Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Westlake Recording Studios, LA, CA.
Title and all, Nas's eighth solo album clearly intends to spark controversy. But what gives Nasir Jones the right to declare that HIP HOP IS DEAD? For one Nas's 5-mic debut album ILLMATIC represents the best of a by-gone era. Since then he's tried to find his place in the ever-evolving genre, flirting with the mainstream to mixed results, all the while mired in beef with former allies and childhood friends as well industry rivals. The fact that HIP-HOP IS DEAD is the product of his teaming with one of those former(?) rivals, Jay-Z, shows that business trumps beef--as Nas emphasizes on track one, "Money Over Bullshit."
The title cut, with its pounding Iron Butterfly beat and nihilistic lyrics, is profoundly provocative. And while the long-awaited collaboration with Jay-Z on "Black Republicans" will inevitably draw attention, Nas shows he's best on his own--doing his Sam Spade impression in the hard-boiled detective story "Who Killed It"; producing an unapologetic swansong to his hood life in "Not Going Back"; and spitting introspective street poetry in "Can't Forget About You." Nas is past trying to relive his ILLMATIC glory--and that's ultimately the point--yet HIP HOP IS DEAD contains both the gutter ghetto anthems and gritty brilliance that made him a legend in the first place.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Nas never solves the crime, but his point is implicit -- few MCs are taking the artistic chances he does."
Entertainment Weekly (p.84) - "[D]enser and more grandiose than the minimalist digital funk heard on rap radio." -- Grade: B
Vibe (p.109) - "HIP-HOP IS DEAD is a loud, expansive album, packed with brand names and big ideas -- and is arguably the best thing Nas has done since 1996's IT WAS WRITTEN."
XXL (Magazine) (p.133) - "Nas' latest opus comprises solid lyrics and layered beats and proves that hip-hip isn't dead, it's just been asleep..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A fully realised, painstakingly compiled assault on hip hop's slide into bling-ridden mediocrity."
Disc 1
1 Money Over Bullsh*t
2 You Can't Kill Me
3 Carry On Tradition
4 Where Are They Now
5 Hip Hop Is Dead
6 Who Killed It?
7 Black Republican
8 Not Going Back
9 Still Dreaming
10 Hold Down The Block
11 Blunt Ashes
12 Let There Be Light
13 Play on Playa
14 Can't Forget About You
15 Hustlers
16 Hope
Product Attributes
Artist NAS
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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