Hip Hop Is Dead

Hip Hop Is Dead

by NasNas

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)



Nas (a.k.a. Nasir Jones) kicks off his musical eulogy to hip-hop with the nostalgic "Carry On Tradition," on which the Queensbridge MC details how members of the younger generation have abandoned the values instilled by rap pioneers like Big Daddy Kane. From there, on the James Brown-sampled "Where Are They Now," the 13-year rap veteran gives a roll call of all the forgotten rappers who have inspired him, including Special Ed, Redhead Kingpin, and Father MC. Nas continues his trip down memory lane on a beautiful marriage of Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" and DJ scratches on "Can't Forget About You," but takes a break from reminiscing to adopt the role of a Mickey Spillane-era detective on the hunt for hip-hop's murderer on the classic rhyme-laced "Who Killed It." At the end of that track, set to the booming beat of Eric B & Rakim's "Microphone Fiend," hip-hop declares (in the character of a grande dame, as on Common's classic "I Used to Love H.E.R."), "If you really love me, I'll come back alive." Always a vivid lyricist, Nas reaffirms his rhyming supremacy on the title track, boasting, "Any ghetto will tell ya / Nas helped grow us up." The disc's fan favorite, however, will undoubtedly be the long-overdue Jay-Z collaboration, "Black Republican," where the former rivals turned business partners trade nimble bars over regal horns and sleepy piano keys. By the end of this funeral procession, Nas has both honored hip-hop's glorious past and helped to resurrect its creative potential. Anslem Samuel

Product Details

Release Date: 12/26/2006
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602517028319
catalogNumber: 000722901

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nas   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Bass Trumpet
Salaam Remi   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
W. Marshall Sealy   French Horn
Mark Batson   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
LeRoi Moore   Saxophone
West   Musician
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
Adam Hill   Viola
Chris Webber   Musician
Paul Cho   Keyboards
Chrisette Michele   Track Performer
Tre Williams   Track Performer
Scott Storch   Musician

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Audio Production
Nas   Producer,Audio Production
M. Batson   Composer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Audio Production
Mark Batson   Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
Nichell Delvaille   Photo Coordination
L.E.S.   Audio Production
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Tracey Waples   Marketing
Andre Young   Composer
A. West   Composer
will.i.am   Producer,Audio Production
Alvin West   Producer
Kanye West   Producer,Audio Production
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Chris Webber   Producer,Audio Production
L. David Lewis   Composer
Shari Bryant   Marketing Coordinator
Michael "Blue" Williams   Management
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Aaron Fessel   Producer
Paul Cho   Producer
Devo Springsteen   Producer
Marc Lee   Engineer
John Stahl   Engineer
TaVon Sampson   Cover Design
Wyldfyer   Audio Production
Stargate   Audio Production
Nasir Jones   Executive Producer
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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