Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead
Produced By will.i.am
"Everybody sounds the same, commercialize the game
Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business
It forgot where it started
So we gather here for the dearly departed"
Nas created a song that is just as, if not more, relevant today as it was back in 2006. Not to be on the pessimistic side of things, but if hip hop's not dead, it's damn close. Wayne has already spoken enough on this subject previously, so I won't go on. The title track from Nas' excellent 2006 album, Hip Hop Is Dead, utilizes a similar beat to the one in Thief's Theme from Street's Disciple. Featuring vocals and production from will,i.am, Nas kills this one in every aspect, showing why he is hip hop in its essence.
*5 out of 5*