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Old 12-19-2006, 07:36 PM   #1
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I went to the store today to cop the Nas and DJ Clue CDs. I was expecting to be dissapointed by Nas, even though I've only heard fire from him lately. Yes, I'm a huge Nas fan, but I think that some of his more recent stuff has been forgettable, with throwaway beats (of course, a forgattable track for Nas is a classic for most rappers, IMO).


Anyway, this album is actually extremely impressive, and without a doubt the album of the year by far. I divided it into 2 parts:

The first half is very dark, and laments hip-hop's death. The first half was saddening to listen to, but the lyrics were on point and so were the beats. Everything sounded very tight. In terms of focus, Nas reminded me more of It Was Written than Streets Disciple. Nas sounded completely fresh and hungry again.

The second half is more hopeful, but just as powerful.

Favorite track: Let There Be Light.
Interesting: I couldn't picture AZ on this album, yet the album still sounds complete. It's odd, but this CD sounds like Nas is back on his his old level, though rapping about different things.

I'm telling you, you will NOT be dissapointed. I paid 9.99 CDN for this, and Clue was 14.99. I haven't stopped listening to Hip Hop is Dead all afternoon. As of right now, this is my 3rd favorite Nas album, after illmatic and It Was Written. HIP HOP IS SAVED
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Hey Ryan I paid 9.98 for mine! Nice price. Gonna pop it in the player right now.

Jumped off after It Was Written, so this is my first Nas CD I have bought for 10 yrs.

I'm still a fan though, I just think he lost his way a bit some years back. This new stuff sounds interesting though, so I'm anticipating a good album. Lemme go listen.
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I concur. It's a great record. Forceful, clever, and greatly needed. Beats are engaging throughout, as are the lyrics, and some passion for hip hop that bleeds through the wax. No skits, no jive, just straight up rap music from start to finish.

Maybe the best record of the year, if not for the pimp & the poet from the A.

1. Illmatic

2. Hip-hop is dead




3. It was written




Then the rest of it.
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Oh, wow! You rate it better than It Was Written? That's crazy! Yeah, geosync, I think anybody that spends the 10 bucks to buy this will be happy. Glad you're enjoying it!!! I hope Nas sells a ton of records this week, at least 300K.
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I must be a harsh critic or one that has been listening to music for too ling because It got about 2 rotations in my car, now I can't find it & haven't been looking for it.
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