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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. 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: 67 out of 72
  2. Negative: 4 out of 72
  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 heNas 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. NeegG
    Dec 28, 2006
    10
    Definitely the best album Nas has had in years, production is a little spotty but Nas is still spot-on with his lyrics and doesn't let Definitely the best album Nas has had in years, production is a little spotty but Nas is still spot-on with his lyrics and doesn't let the guests overshadow him. Expand
  3. LamontH.
    Dec 19, 2006
    10
    This album is awesome. Definitely one of hip-hop's best in years.
  4. arlenes
    Jan 18, 2007
    10
    once again he didn't surprise me. Nas is such an inspirational dude. Everything that comes off his lips has a message. hip hop is truly once again he didn't surprise me. Nas is such an inspirational dude. Everything that comes off his lips has a message. hip hop is truly dying with all the corny new people who think that what they say is even a rhyme because they have a alright beat. You did it again Nas luv you arlene Expand
  5. VassilyL
    Dec 28, 2006
    9
    Never really liked East Cost rap, but cant deny it IS the best 2006 hip-hip album, even Snoop cant compare to this one. No bling, no Never really liked East Cost rap, but cant deny it IS the best 2006 hip-hip album, even Snoop cant compare to this one. No bling, no ho's, no pimps. Songs are simly like the best hip-hop classics, save for 'Blunt Ashes', and weak Jay-Z/ Kelis/ Kany collaborations. Expand
  6. Mar 22, 2015
    8
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  7. Mr.C
    Dec 19, 2006
    0
    Album is very mediocre.

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