NAS - Hip Hop Is DeadDef Jam Recordings
When a Nas album is about to drop I get a sense anticipation similar to when Gangstarr and Dre release long players, Just hoping it's gonna be worth the wait. Nas's last 'Street Disciple' was way off his usual high standard and earlier outings. For 'Hip Hop Is Dead' he's switched labels to the force that is Def Jam, and I reckon this has definitely given the album the edge. The rhymes are tight and the beats are signature Nas. During the whole album Nas is blasting the Hip Hop industry, the commercialism of the front runners in the scene and the all out bullsh*t that surrounds a lot of major releases within this multi-million selling industry. He reminds everyone that whereas his peers are nowhere on the scene, he's still releasing tracks true to his sound. Hip Hop is dead? Not with Nas around it's not. Get this!