Hip Hop Is Dead Image
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 118 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Dr. Dre, Kanye West and will.i.am are among the producers for the rapper's follow-up to 'Street's Disciple,' which marks his first release for Def Jam.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Nas has made a passionate album to reawaken your love of the art and if your heart isn't thumping in your chest by the end then it's not hip-hop that's dead, it's you.
  2. It contains a smart, tight, cohesive analysis of where rap went astray, but also the seeds of the genre's rebirth and renewal.
  3. 90
    It is Nas's poetic erudition that makes it a stone cold classic. [Mar 2007, p.100]
  4. Nas pushes lyricism and technical virtuosity to the forefront here, stretching both his own boundaries and those around him.
  5. Hip Hop Is Dead is a lot like Nas himself: impossible not to admire, but hard to love.
  6. With Dr. Dre, Kanye West, and even Jay-Z on its guest list, Hip Hop Is Dead makes for an ample, yet ultimately morbid, party.

See all 22 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 71
  2. Negative: 4 out of 71
  1. Jun 2, 2013
    10
    Nas gets hard lyrically and has a new sort of drive on this album that makes it a raw classic. And a different type of rawness is when he defies the typical rap persona by saying he's not going back to the hood. I saw something that said someone was pronounced dead, and came back to life 28 minutes later. Well that's pretty much the same case here after the song "Hip-Hop Is Dead," he kills it (or in this case saves it) on this album. Expand
  2. Nov 27, 2010
    10
    Nas does well tackling the subject of Hip Hops death in modern days. A wonderful follow-up to his massive Street's Disciple album. Production has greatly improved for Nas on this album Expand
  3. May 8, 2011
    8
    good solid record had a few good songs on here. i liked it. it was descent. i respect this guy when he puts out a record he puts his heart and soul into his songs. Expand

See all 71 User Reviews