What Nas' "Hip Hop Is Dead" Taught Me About Life

Thu, May 30, 2013 at 4:09 PM by User 2 Comments


From dropping on the scene in 1994 with Illmatic, perhaps his most revered work, to his most recent project, Life Is Good, Nas continues to bring unique and thought provoking pictures of street life in NYC as a poor, young, black male. While, recently named "the greatest lyricist of all time" by CNN, it is Nas' ability to tell a story and/or vet a concept, which gives his music a self-proclaimed "universal" characteristic, allowing it to resonate far beyond the hallways of the Queenbridge apartment buildings where he grew up (the largest public housing development in America).



  1. Rappaholic avatar

    On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM, Rappaholic said:

    This man is the truth. Without Kid Wave, hip hop would have never been born. Nasir Jones you are GOAT. The greatest lyricist of all time, the greatest writer, story teller, and poet of all time. Man i cant wait to meet you Mr. Jones

  2. Haitian Bell avatar

    On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 11:50 PM, Haitian Bell said:

    As I read this article all I could think of, is how truly powerful you are. Real recognize real, that's why your music is so life changing. You enable a blind man to see your visions of degradation and success. Touching people of different races and ethnicities' allowing them to see the struggle and plight of the black family, more importantly that of a young black male fighting to get out. You have not changed in the core essence of who you are, you have grown into a man that any wise woman would be elated to call Son, Husband, Father, Brother simply Friend. Knowledge is power keeping teaching us so we can grow.

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