Remember when Nas was famous a few years ago, not for dropping his umpteenth album, but for his desire to proclaim the genre of hip hop as proverbially “dead”? Of course, it was also the title of his album, and he marketed the living shit out of the whole statement, it was a bit of a fiasco really. I recall a plethora of rappers across the country coming out and either ridiculing or empathizing with Nas, “hip hop ain’t dead, it’s just NYC rap is dead”, bla bla bla…
Well, he has since come off of his pedestal, dropped another album, and is about to drop and then tour for the album Distant Relatives with Jr. Gong, aka Damian Marley. And guess what, he has another announcement to couple his new project, wait for it….
It died several times, but I do believe in the heartbeat of it right now. There are a lot of new artists, and artists that have been around, who are kicking a– right now. I just wanted to give a boost to people and to myself, to push people to go harder. It’s a different world now. – Nas, recently speaking with the Wall Street Journal
Well of course it is Nasir, that was a whole FOUR YEARS ago! So much has changed, you are so right! I am so sardonic and sick. Fuck it, peep Nas and Damian at this year’s UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival at the end of the month, regardless if you like cornflakes, the show will be bomb.