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  • 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.
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  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.

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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. piggybank
    Dec 31, 2006
    10
    you must be fucking crazy
  3. AntonN
    Dec 20, 2006
    10
    A Masterpiece! As long as nas exists in music hip hop is not dead!
  4. davidc
    Jan 21, 2007
    10
    brilliant,phat tracks, it sounds alot like illmatic. its the ressurection.
  5. AngelW
    Dec 19, 2006
    9
    Classic. Amazing. Especially if you conider the dope songs that did not make this album. God's Son is back. Poetics at its best. Arguably one of the years best.! Expand
  6. MattF
    Jan 12, 2007
    9
    Nas's new album is one of his best, he really is the one of the only true hip hop artists left. No one has his lyrical integrity.
  7. Mr.C
    Dec 19, 2006
    0
    Album is very mediocre.

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