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Hip Hop Is Dead

by Nas

Hip Hop Is Dead by Nas

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Hip Hop Is Dead

by Nas

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Label: Columbia Records / Def Jam
This album begins with a bang. A litany of imagery -- "scarred grills," "gaspy fullies" -- cascades just before rap's reigning lyrical wizard rhymes "pure euphoria" with "death to all of y'all" and declares war on the "snitches in rap" who get "tails snapped." On the 16 subsequent tracks, there are searing polemics ("Hip-Hop is Dead"), allegories wrapped in Bogart impressions ("Who Killed It") and epic collaborations ("Black Republicans"). It's a majestic spell of cynical bile, with Nas trying to stave off the demons with rose-tinted visions of rap's genesis. In other words: another masterpiece.

About This Album

This album begins with a bang. A litany of imagery -- "scarred grills," "gaspy fullies" -- cascades just before rap's reigning lyrical wizard rhymes "pure euphoria" with "death to all of y'all" and declares war on the "snitches in rap" who get "tails snapped." On the 16 subsequent tracks, there are searing polemics ("Hip-Hop is Dead"), allegories wrapped in Bogart impressions ("Who Killed It") and epic collaborations ("Black Republicans"). It's a majestic spell of cynical bile, with Nas trying to stave off the demons with rose-tinted visions of rap's genesis. In other words: another masterpiece.

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About This Album

This album begins with a bang. A litany of imagery -- "scarred grills," "gaspy fullies" -- cascades just before rap's reigning lyrical wizard rhymes "pure euphoria" with "death to all of y'all" and declares war on the "snitches in rap" who get "tails snapped." On the 16 subsequent tracks, there are searing polemics ("Hip-Hop is Dead"), allegories wrapped in Bogart impressions ("Who Killed It") and epic collaborations ("Black Republicans"). It's a majestic spell of cynical bile, with Nas trying to stave off the demons with rose-tinted visions of rap's genesis. In other words: another masterpiece.