Hip Hop Is Dead

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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
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  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. The fun comes easier when he fools around with the title conceit, and even sometimes when he thinks about it.
  3. Nas's insight, erudition and poetic intensity override all other concerns.
  4. Nas has always sounded older than his years, but there are moments on his eighth album when he sounds like the lead in the hood version of Grumpy Old Men.
  5. Hip Hop Is Dead is a lot like Nas himself: impossible not to admire, but hard to love.
  6. Hip Hop Is Dead is not Illmatic.
  7. 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: 68 out of 74
  2. Negative: 4 out of 74
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    10
    a true masterpiece. great lyricism, dope production. Nas does it again. another album worth listening to again and again. this album is upa true masterpiece. great lyricism, dope production. Nas does it again. another album worth listening to again and again. this album is up there with his past works of pure rawness. Expand
  2. PatrickI
    Dec 30, 2006
    10
    this is probably the closest to illmatic that we will ever get, not to compare the 2, the are both examples of nas doing what he does best this is probably the closest to illmatic that we will ever get, not to compare the 2, the are both examples of nas doing what he does best when he and the hip hop world really needs it. This album will become a must have for rap fans every where. Its sends out a message that only nas or jay could get away with, but it is presented in a way that only nas could do, and do it he does. All most every track could be a hit in its own right, and nas produces lyrics that reminds me of why I should listen to more then intrumentals and o capela poetry. If you are spark by his message that rap is dead then maybe you helped kill it and feel a little guilty, i could go all day but get the album and you'll see Expand
  3. LamontH.
    Dec 19, 2006
    10
    This album is awesome. Definitely one of hip-hop's best in years.
  4. davidc
    Jan 21, 2007
    10
    brilliant,phat tracks, it sounds alot like illmatic. its the ressurection.
  5. JayCool
    Dec 18, 2006
    9
    i don't see wats up wit all these reviews....one of the strongest albums of the year without question...some of the reviews seem to be i don't see wats up wit all these reviews....one of the strongest albums of the year without question...some of the reviews seem to be just comparing it to illmatic which is unfair...no other rapper suffers this fate except nas...this album deals with issues that are just relevant today...great album Expand
  6. vico
    Dec 29, 2006
    9
    This is a very solid album, you can feel nas's confidence in every song-only two songs that may not have made the cut-'blunt This is a very solid album, you can feel nas's confidence in every song-only two songs that may not have made the cut-'blunt ashes' and 'who killed it'-the rest of the album is excellent, there are to many good songs-my favourite songs in order-1. let there be light 2 hold down the block 3 still dreamin 4. carry on tradition 5 cant 4get about u 6.not going back 7. play on playa 8. hustlers Expand
  7. Mr.C
    Dec 19, 2006
    0
    Album is very mediocre.

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