NAS HIP HOP IS DEAD ALBUM LYRICS / INFO
1) Money Over Bullshit Lyrics
2) You Can't Kill Me Lyrics
3) Carry On Tradition Lyrics
4) Where Are They Now Lyrics
5) Hip Hop Is Dead Lyrics
6) Who Killed It? Lyrics
7) Black Republican Lyrics
8) Not Going Back Lyrics
9) Still Dreaming Lyrics
10) Hold Down The Block Lyrics
11) Blunt Ashes Lyrics
12) Let There Be Light Lyrics
13) Play On Playa Lyrics
14) Can't Forget About You Lyrics
15) Hustlers Lyrics
16) Hope Lyrics
HIP HOP IS DEAD ALBUM INFO:
Hip Hop Is Dead was released by Nas on December 19, 2006. The LP is Nas' eighth album of all-original material, and his first album for Def Jam Recordings. Nas' previous label, Columbia Records, co-financed the album with Def Jam. It was Nas' third album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling a massive 355,880 copies in its first week alone.
Nas announced the album's title after a performance on May 18, 2006. In a late September interview with United Kingdom's "Westwood" radio show, Nas said, "Hip-hop is dead because we as artists no longer have the power." He went on to say, "Could you imagine what 50 Cent could be doing, Nas, Jay-Z, Eminem, if we were the Jimmy Iovines. Could you imagine the power we'd have? I think that's where we're headed." He has described the album as a mixture of "street" records, "political" records and collaborations. In another interview Nas said, "...basically America is dead. There is no political voice. Music is dead. Our way of thinking is dead, our commerce is dead. Everything in this society has been done. That's where we are as a country."
The title has had a major impact in the hip hop world, especially for Southern hip hop, whose artists have been blamed for cheapening the quality of hip-hop with crunk and snap music. Southern rapper Young Jeezy had made statements against the title of Nas' album, and also furthered his comments by questioning Nas' street credibility. They have since reconciled. Many other Southern rappers such as Ludacris, Trick Daddy, Lil Wayne and Big Boi have also attacked Nas' album title claiming that it is targeted at Southern hip hop. Nas also has a fair share of supporters such as New York rapper KRS-One and Ghostface Killah, another rapper who blames hip hop's death on Snap music.
Selling 355,880 copies in its first week, Hip Hop Is Dead joined It Was Written and I Am... as the only Nas albums to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This was after earlier reports in the week that predicted the album to only sell around 200,000 copies. As of March 2007, the album has sold 681,554 units.
Overall, the album was received very well by critics, both rap and otherwise. You can read the RapCentral album review of Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead by clicking here
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