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  • Audio CD (December 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000JVSZIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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One of the greatest MCs to ever pick up a microphone, Nas has watched as his beloved hip-hop has gone from its innocent days of B-boy battles and lyrical sport to today's fake-posturing and commercial excesses, and he's got something to say about it. Throughout his storied career, which began with 1994's classic Illmatic and has spanned the last decade with over 12 million albums sold Nas has been more than just the genre's foremost lyricist and thinker. He has become a statesman, some would argue hip-hop's conscience. As evidenced by last year's highly-publicized reconciliation with longtime adversary JAY-Z, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam recordings, Nas has shown that actions speak louder than words: unity is more powerful than divisiveness. The time has come for hip-hop to grow. Now, with the. December 19th release of his long-awaited Def Jam debut- the aptly-titled Hip Hop Is Dead- Nas returns to his role as mentor and teacher, his legendary mic skills as sharp as ever, and takes today's young rappers back to school. The lesson? Hip-Hop- as Nas see's it- is very much alive.

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Given its provocative title, it's no surprise that parts of Hip Hop Is Dead feel like an elegy of sorts. Nas practically came into the game looking backwards (see "Memory Lane" off Illmatic) but he seems more nostalgic than ever with tracks like "Where Are They Now?," "Carry on Tradition," "Can't Forget About You," and the title song which all focus on rap's past. This reminiscing can only fan the dim candle fans keep lit for Nas, hopeful that he'll make a full return to his former glory. But, once again, the rapper teases and falls short. As has become habit, Nas does manage to knock out a handful of excellent songs ("Can't Forget" and "Play on Playa" for example), along with a handful of awful fare (none worse than "Who Killed It," Nas's disastrous attempt to channel the spirit of '30s gangster actor Edward G. Robinson), and a few forgettable filler songs. The production is similarly uneven though Kanye West's and Will.I.Am's contributions are reliably listenable. The biggest shortcoming is that given it's title Hip Hop Is Dead aspires to be an event album but it never delivers on that promise despite the heady symbolism of former rival Jay-Z joining him on "Black Republicans." In the end, this is another good, not great album. Hip-hop isn't dead and neither is Nas but both could use a shot of life. --Oliver Wang

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Must have for any hip-hop fan!
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Great production, tight lyrics and good concept songs from Nas plus the guest appearances are not outshined by Nas.
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All the songs on the album are really good.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ctrx VINE VOICE on December 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nasir Jones once again makes his case for best rapper alive on his ninth LP and first for Def Jam Records, "Hip Hop Is Dead." This is an album unlike any he has ever done before, an extremely focused yet diverse record that covers a lot of topics and shines in many areas. This could be referred to as a concept album, because most of the disc has Nas commenting on the current state of hip hop and looking back to the past while striving to move forward as well. The album art depicts a somber funeral. Lyrically, Nas is just himself, showing his amazing vocabulary, metaphors, wordplay, emotion, and intelligence constantly. A few songs, such as "Where Are They Now" and "Who Killed It" are genius concept songs the likes of "Rewind," and others show a Nas that we haven't seen in recent years, one who makes effective, accessible rap songs like "Play on Playa" and "Hustlers." Musically, "Hip Hop Is Dead" is also very impressive. Nas enlists his tried and true producers L.E.S. and Salaam Remi for a few tracks but also gets beats from Scott Storch, Kanye West, Will.i.am, and Dr. Dre, creating an all-star cast of producers. "Hip Hop Is Dead" is a very interesting and enjoyable album, one that will not be remembered among Nas's definitive albums but certainly a highlight to a long career of consistently excellent rap records. I highly recommend "Hip Hop Is Dead" and consider it one of the top rap albums of 2006.

The album begins with the hard-hitting "Money Over Bulls...," a gritty sounding track where Nas angrily drops some raw philosophy, a promising start. "You Can't Kill Me" tells a story as only Nas can. I really like "Carry On Tradition," a Scott Storch-produced anthem where he pledges to stay true to the founders of hip hop. The next track is one that I enjoyed a ton.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LT Twalo on January 26, 2007
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It is with Nas as it is with most of our favourite rappers (Common, Talib Kweli, Snoop Dogg etc.), every time they release an album everyone has their fingers crossed that the beats will be on point. Unlike some of our other favourite entertainers (Jay-Z, The Game etc.) who seem to be magnets for hot beats, Nas seems to repel them at times. However, with production credits including Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Will I.Am (man of the moment) & Scott Storch Nas (or Def Jam) weren't taking any chances this time around. Moreover as if the idea that they would be competing for album space with such heavy weights lit some fire up they as*@$, Salaam Remi and L.E.S. really step their game up. In fact its L.E.S. who ends up with the best beat on the album on "Black Republicans"

Another thing that has had fans losing their breathe from anxiety attacks is the first single(s) which are never a good indication of what to expect from the album, "Thief's Theme" was grimy but Street's Disciple was more mellow and moody. "If I Ruled The World" and "I Owe You" had a more pop appeal but the respective albums had a street edge to them. On occasion he's been able to release a single that embodies the feel of the whole album e.g. "I Made You Look", "Nas Is Like", "Hate Me Now" and "Hip-Hop Is Dead." Although not the best track on the album but if you like it, you'll like the rest of the album.

Loyalty to his crew has also tended to drag Nas down in the past as he tended to give too much shine to his QB brethren who are, to put it mildly, less talented than he is. This time around he surrounds himself with the cream of the hip-hop crop i.e. The Game, Jay-Z & Snoop Dogg who all had hot selling albums out around the same time as his release , Not to mention Kanye West & Will I.Am who are always news worthy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chandler on January 19, 2007
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Nasty Nas Escobar helped close out the '06 hip hop year with his first album on Def Jam Records(yeah, I never thought I saw the day either). When you look at Nas' discography, the majority of his records were on point. So what makes this one so special? Nas saw that the Hip Hop culture was in trouble, and needed to make a stand on the way it was heading. Trust me, he and a lot of hip hop heads in this world were realizing that it's culture was heading in deep trouble.

Basically, Nas took this CD back to it's roots. On the song "Where Are They Now" I was suprised he named all of those rappers and asked why did the majority vanish without a trace. I ask that same question sometimes about a lot of those rappers back in the 80's and early 90's. Most of these songs revolve around the album's title, like the previous song, as well as the lead single "Hip Hop Is Dead" and "Who Killed It?".

Guest appearances are great as well. I think the big appearance through this album would be formal rival Jay-Z on "Black Republican" (I never thought I would see the day). If you're familiar with politics, you would understand what that song means, as both arists seemed to have metamorphically achieved that status. A new singer that I haven't heard of named Christette Michele appears with Kanye West on the song "Still Dreaming" and on the song "Can't Forget About You". Her vocals on the latter song, sounds like the song was made in the 60's. Snoop Dogg makes a fabolous appearances on the song "Play On Playa", as he still holds up his lyrical content. Other appearances are The Game, Marsha from Floetry, Tre Williams, and Kelis.

Production is great as well. will.i.am, Kanye West, and Dr. Dre handles some of the production as well as others.
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Oliver Wang's review is horrible. This album is amazing!
Only thing Nas really needs to work on is his beat selection. A lot of the production on this album is decent at best and even the best ones don't really meld well with Nas' style (kinda explains his reasonin for usin beats that sampled Iron Butterfly twice, it's somethin that he flows well with)... Read More
May 22, 2007 by Alejandro Castro |  See all 2 posts
Can Anyone Explain the "Who Killed It" track????
Here's the real long explanation.
Copy and paste FROM SOHH:

First The LYRICS:

look here see, pretty mike shanked two face al
over some gal
find the body dead in the aisles
death by strangulation, microphone cord a dirty broad
guess theyll never play it again Sam
damn that was my jam
now... Read More
Dec 29, 2006 by Read |  See all 18 posts
Does it annoy the hell out of anybody else the way everybody is always...
I believed that "Illmatic" set such a high standard, that for some reason people are believing that he is going to top it. I consider "Illmatic" almost perfect, and it's almost impossible to reach perfection in anything. Nas has came close with albums like this, and I've grown... Read More
Jan 20, 2007 by Chandler |  See all 7 posts
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