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#1 casella

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 06:39 PM

THIS IS BY FAR THE GREATEST NAS INTERVIEW I HAVE EVER

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THE VIDEOS ARE DOPE AS HELL!

I RARELY POST ANYWHERE JUST LOOK AT SHIT BUT NAS DONE

GAVE A NIGGA HOPE FOR HIP HOP AGAIN!! THE SOUTH DAYS

ARE NUMBERED!

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thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) – You called the album

“Hip-Hop is Dead,” that’s a pretty bold statement,

tell me why you think it is and why you titled your

album that way.

Nas - Now shit is all about MTV cribs and gettin'

paper. A nigga wanna be like Nas fuckin' overnight.

There is so much money in it, that we sometimes forget

why we even do this shit. There’s also a control issue

of programming and radio. None of you guys (in the

audience) own a radio station. If one of you guys

owned a radio station, then I would feel safe putting

out a Nas album, but because you don't, I don't know

what's gonna happen. Video channels don't support or

protect it. The Grammy Awards is still disrespecting

rap music. They are still not putting it in the

category it deserves, they’re still not giving it the

exposure it deserves. So there is many reasons why I

say “Hip Hop Is Dead.”

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - Can it be resurrected

though?

Nas - Yeah, I mean the shit is still poppin'. You got

The Game and Kanye (West). E-40 killed them this year.

Snoop Dogg just fuckin' murdered them. There is a

whole bunch of shit that's coming and people are still

spittin' stuff.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - What were some memorable

moments for you when you were making this album?

Nas - When I started making this album, I said “which

way am I going with it.” It's called "Hip Hop Is Dead"

and I thought there was many ways to go about this

shit. The first thing you do is say, "fuck the way

you’re used to recording." If it's dead you can do

what you want. So you can just say what you want

however you feel like saying it. Then I thought with

the shit I was thinking of doing, niggaz would say I'm

buggin' out. Jim Morrison said rock & roll was dead

back in the days and so did Kurt Cobain. I was like,

“what was they on, they was free, express yourself, be

free and do some next level shit.” But then I thought

the rap world would think I'm buggin' out. The only

nigga that was able to do something, but he went real

left was Andre 3000. But he sang even though he's one

of my favorite lyricists. So I thought “how do I start

this shit?” Then I said, maybe just chill and blaze a

few up. So that's what I did. I just got blazed up and

did whatever.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - You want to talk about

any beefs or anything man? You wanna put any of that

out there a little bit?

Nas - The beef thing ain't what it should be. It

should be something you really wanna hear. I'm not

anxious to hear the Jim Jones diss record. The niggas

that used to get a nigga a little nervous was B.I.G.,

Pac, and even Canibus. Them niggaz used to have you

like, "If we go at it dog, we got to go hard." Take

like a Jim Jones. I respect you gettin' your money,

but that's it.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - So your not respecting

his lyrical game right now?

Nas - I respect his hustle. That's about it. I was

gonna do the “Nigga” album next.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - You should call it “The

Kramer” album?

Nas - The “Nigga” album was originally the name,

that's why I called it The “N,” and you see it on all

my posters up here. I was thinking about this next

album, "Revenge Is The Best Dish Served Cold," to

really address every rap situation out there. Every

nigga that's saying my name in a funny way and just

make it dedicated to that. But then I said, “it might

be contradictory because me and homeboy (Jay-Z)

squashed the shit, so why set off something else?” But

I do sense something happening. I feel like niggaz is

trying to start something.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - I think you just need to

“Ether” one more MC and I don't think no MC will step

to you after that...

Nas - But if it was like Jim Jones, imagine putting a

pen to paper and writing about him. Even something

nice about him, how do you do that? What's the first

sentence? What the fuck do you write about him?

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - You got a song on your

album with Kelis, let's talk about that and who's idea

was it?

Nas - It's called "Not going back." Because it's like

the hood is in me, but I don't be in the hood. Jungle

be in the hood. So I ain't out there as much as I

want. The song is about me not going back to that.

Because really niggaz, we don't come from the hood. We

come from a place that is majestic and beautiful. We

don't come from the hood. So that is a place where we

were put that we had to get up out of. It's a survival

test and niggaz gotta make it out. Once we get out, we

bring other muthafuckas out. We go down to the

corporate areas and shit and say, “nigga we here.” It

ain't about holdin' down this block no more. Cause we

know what's gonna happen. Niggaz get shot 50 times.

You can't shoot me in a board room nigga. So we gotta

start thinkin’ like that. Cause the hood, we ain't

never gonna leave that because it's in our heart.

That's what that song is about.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - I noticed on the album

there was no Primo joints...

Nas - Yeah, Premier gave me like 2 records. We started

the album with Premier. Premier has been around so

long that he's got a certain way to work it and I got

a certain way to work it when I'm in the studio. I

just turn the shit on, write my shit or I freestyle

the shit or whatever. Premier has his entourage and I

have my entourage so everybody is in there excited and

I wind up hangin' out and talkin' with them instead of

making records. So we could never put that together.

So I wanted us to go somewhere and go away, but we

could just never fit the schedules up to go away where

niggaz can't bother us. Maybe in the future though.

thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - When your done with this

rap shit, what are you gonna be doing. Are you still

gonna be in this industry? Nas - Dog, I'm not even in

the industry now. I just fake this shit. I just go up

there tell the label “I'm doing this, and y'all niggaz

ain't gonna see me.” I don't fuck with this industry

at all. I be meeting niggaz who be like, "what up

people, I love your shit." Then they come out with an

album, the shit goes platinum. Now the niggaz is

looking at me like “who the fuck is you?” It's like so

much of that going on. I just be like “wow!” So I

don't fuck with this shit at all.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - What video would you say

is your favorite one?

Nas - Probably "Street Dreams."

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Why is that?

Nas – ‘Cause nigga, I put on that pink shit on first

nigga! I don't get no credit yo! I be startin' so much

shit yo. I swear to god they don't give me no credit

for that shit.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Yo, what up Nas?

Nas - What up nigga!

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - For up and coming MC's

in the game, what advice would you give them as far as

getting your music out to the masses?

Nas - Oh, y'all are fucked up man. It's a fucked up

game dude. It's good and bad cause when I was tryin'

to come up, we didn't have the Internet. So it was a

smaller circle of people that you had to get around to

get your shit heard. It's way easier to network

nowadays. I wish I could have saw a Kool G Rap or Kane

do something like this here. But back then, it wasn't

nothing like that happening. Somebody tried to sue me

for giving me a fucking CD. Some corny ass rap shit I

never even heard. He said I took his beat. So you got

to give one of my boys a CD ‘cause it's an easier

process. As far as how to get on, I don't know. I

don't even know how my records are still spinnin'

without me talkin' shit. I don't even fuckin' know.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Where is AZ?

Nas - You all like AZ?

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Yeah!

Nas - I'm gonna let him know. Really, ‘cause that

nigga don't go nowhere man. I’ve got to find out, he's

got a new number everytime. Then I see him in

magazines talking about why I don't be coming out to

check for a nigga. I got 5 wrong numbers on you nigga!

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Where's Wiz?

Nas - Wiz in the ‘Bridge with a missin' tooth lookin'

crazy. God bless him cause that's where he wanna be.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Is there a “Belly 2”

coming out?

Nas - If you all find DMX, let me know. That nigga is

crazy. That's one of the truest niggaz I ever met in

this rap shit. You see him, you get what you get. He's

not frontin', he's not lyin', he's the truth 100

percent. Actually I did speak to his wife. His wife

knows my wife so, we keep the connection and we keep

developing a story. There are two studios that want

the movie. We’re trying to get it out late 2007. Just

for the hood.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - That beefin' shit, with

fuckin' Dip Set, what is that shit all about?

Nas - It ain't nothing. Niggaz got to remind me about

the shit because I don't really know. I can't keep up

with how many dudes is sayin' what. I seen Jim here

(Los Angeles). It was me and Mike (points to someone

in his crew). There were about 20 of them and I didn't

know it was him. We just walked by into the hotel and

Mike started laughin'. He said, "you see your man put

his head down." I said, "Who?" He said, "Jim Jones."

So I said “whatever.” So on a DVD a few months later,

I heard he said that he saw me and he said, "Nasir

Jones, Nasir Jones, what up." He said I had a bunch of

bodyguards and I had my head down. I said, why even

acknowledge that you saw me? It don't even fuckin'

make no damn sense nigga! So we dealin' with a lot of

you know, I don't want to disrespect ‘cause they

gettin' they money and it brings me lower when I talk

about them muthafuckas.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - I just got this one

question man. Do you wanna smoke this blunt?

Nas - Now that's what I'm talkin' about nigga. We

gonna do that. I'll smoke a blunt with anybody in

Cali. In a place like Baltimore, I don't know. But

L.A, we blazin' nigga.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - What made you and Jay

just drop all that beef shit and reunite?

Nas - You know after a year I wasn't thinkin' about it

and I don't think he was thinkin' about it. When L.A.

Reid went to Def Jam, he told my boy, “we need Nas on

Def Jam.” I said, “you know what that would be

interesting.” He asked how was my relationship with

Jay. I said “there is none.” He said he would talk to

Jay. He said to me if we wanted to sit down and meet?

I said, "if he do," Jay was like, "if he do." We

finally figured out a time and a place and it was

nothing. Then we just started laughing. It was like

empowerment. And these niggaz is so mad! These rap

niggaz is so mad dog, you wouldn't believe this shit.

You be seeing a nigga that got so much paper mad, like

“shiiit!”

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Can you ever see your

self squashing your beef with 50 Cent if he came at

you real respectful?

Nas - With me, I don't have no problems with none of

these guys. You never heard me on records mentioning

his name even when we was cool. I never had any

problem with the dude. I can't respond to him because

he talks about everybody. So it don't make sense. You

talk about me, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, then Oprah Winfrey.

I’d rather hear Oprah Winfrey respond to tell you the

truth. So I don't really have nothing to say. I think

we can all get this money, it's nothing.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - How do you feel about

Kelis’ music? Do you support her 100 percent no matter

what she puts out?

Nas - Yeah, dog. She's my inspiration. She just got a

Grammy nomination and she's pissed off. I love that

shit. This morning she's like, "yeah people told me I

got this Grammy nomination." I said, "that's dope."

Later on she told me, "I fuckin' hate this Grammy

nomination." So I love her for that. An honestly, I'm

gonna tell you this secret, secret. I named this album

"Hip Hop Is Dead" cause Andre 3000 had produced a

joint on her album and they was talking about doing a

song called "R&B Is Dead & Hip Hop Is Dead" on her

last album. They didn't do it, so I stole that shit

nigga! You heard it here first!

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Who would you say were

the top 2 MC's that put you to the test?

Nas - You know what's crazy. I remember one time when”

Illmatic” was out and I was still hanging in the

neighborhood and all that shit so a lot of shit was

going down. So we was still on the block when

“Illmatic” had got cold so we was tryin' to figure out

the next move. Then we heard "Big Poppa" and my man's

looked at me like, "shit is fucked up son." "How the

fuck is you gonna fuck with this nigga here." They

made that shit fly. So that nigga Biggie had me fucked

up ‘cause he was out of control with the shit. He was

crazy. We saw Jay coming, but he wasn't there yet.

It's like “we see this nigga, but he wasn't all the

way there yet.” So it was really like B.I.G. and

Raekwon was like a monster. That nigga was crazy. When

I heard Eminem's demo, it was a whole album and Jimmy

Iovine was still trying to convince (Doctor) Dre to

sign him and niggas gave me the tape to let me hear

the shit. I was like, “this nigga is crazy.” But that

was later on. After that I was cool. ‘Pac would make a

nigga cry. That nigga talked about his momma, that's

Marvin Gaye type of shit, that's soul. Canibus had me

worried for like a second, but then I was like, nah.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Who you think is the

most slept on mc?

Nas - Royce the 5'9 is nice.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Phonte from Little

Brother!

Nas - Oh yeah, he's great. I'm on a roll nigga, ask me

anything right now. Can we smoke in here?

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Yeah!

Nas - Nigga you too anxious. Hold up.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - I grew up listening to

all the greats like Big L...

Nas - Big L had me shook for a minute too. He had me

shook. God bless Big L, but I got him when he was

trying to do that “Devil's Son” shit. I had him there.

I knew I fucked them niggaz up with “snuffin' Jesus”

and all that nun shit. I said, "oh these niggaz wanna

follow that shit, I got them." So it was like the

Gravediggaz and all them started doing “horrorcore”

rap from that “snuffin' Jesus” shit. That shit started

“horrorcore” rap. Then I would just sit back and say,

"oh these niggaz is weirded out,” Gravediggaz was too

weird. So I said “let me come back and talk about what

we doing right here.” There was no blueprint to my

first album. Now niggaz be like, "yo I got cocaine and

this." I'm like, “dog that's easy to do because

everybody showed you how to do that.” We talk about,

"yo, I'm fucked up, I'm broke." "Nigga I just had some

hash last night and that shit is good." That's the

shit I was writing down, ‘cause I could not make a

song like the nigga that was out there cause that

would be like biting. Now biting is the shit.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Hip Hop has spread to

all races now. What do you think about Asians like

myself that buy your stuff?

Nas - I love that. Y'all spend money. Y'all got cake.

I don't know too many broke Asian muthafuckas man.

Word is bond.

thaFormula.com - (Audience) - Who do you think is the

“King Of New York” and what do you think of people

that say it should be you?

Nas - It has been me. That thing is something that you

want. When you first come on the scene, you want to be

the King. I've been the “King of New York.” I've had

that, I've done that. It's a great crown to have, but

it's a very nervous walk. So I think everybody got it.

Jay is the King, B.I.G. is the king, Nas is definitely

the King before them niggaz. People will tell you

that. That's real talk!

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 07:46 PM

Snoop-Dogg? How so?

Kelis says "I fuckin' hate this Grammy nomination" = apparently she isn't far-out enough to avoid getting nominated. I understand exactly where she's coming from.

"R&B Is Dead" = A truer statement

And what happened to Cannibus?

Nas says "Y'all [Asians] spend money. Y'all got cake. I don't know too many broke Asian muthafuckas man. Word is bond." = Is Nas high at this point?

I still think that the music needs to be more ecstatic in order for underground dudes to break through.

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Posted 09 December 2006 - 09:48 PM

Snoop-Dogg? How so?

Kelis says "I fuckin' hate this Grammy nomination" = apparently she isn't far-out enough to avoid getting nominated. I understand exactly where she's coming from.

"R&B Is Dead" = A truer statement

And what happened to Cannibus?

Nas says "Y'all [Asians] spend money. Y'all got cake. I don't know too many broke Asian muthafuckas man. Word is bond." = Is Nas high at this point?

I still think that the music needs to be more ecstatic in order for underground dudes to break through.




i hear you man i just cant stand the southern bounce bullshit. it has destroyed everything in its path and just wish it would come to an end. i feel like 2007 might be the year.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 05:29 AM

"thaFormula.com - (Mr. Choc) - Can it be resurrected

though?

Nas - Yeah, I mean the shit is still poppin'. You got

The Game and Kanye (West). E-40 killed them this year.

Snoop Dogg just fuckin' murdered them."


i gave up at that point. i thought nas was more intelligent than that.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 07:56 AM

i hear you man i just cant stand the southern bounce bullshit. it has destroyed everything in its path and just wish it would come to an end. i feel like 2007 might be the year.


People want to dance. Who's against the idea of mixing creative, danceable [though not necessarily upbeat] beats with mindful lyrics? I'm not.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 09:39 AM

Hip Hop is Dead, I love Nas but even I have to admit thats a little egotistical of a statement to make. Like he's the lone savior sent to save hip hop, come on now. You can't label hip hop anymore, it has no identity. It's all over the world, constantly changing, evolving, adapting and it will never be "dead." Just ask kids in Germany or France or where ever if they think hip hop is dead. It's like here in america everyone has an idealistic view of what hip hop should be. Fuck that, let it be what it is and let it branch out in so many different directions that it becomes impossible to categorize it in the future. I might be rambling but I had to get that out there. peace.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 03:56 PM

Nas is gassed on a full tank, hip hop aint dead he need to chill with that bullshit...

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 05:28 PM

Hip Hop is Dead, I love Nas but even I have to admit thats a little egotistical of a statement to make. Like he's the lone savior sent to save hip hop, come on now. You can't label hip hop anymore, it has no identity. It's all over the world, constantly changing, evolving, adapting and it will never be "dead." Just ask kids in Germany or France or where ever if they think hip hop is dead. It's like here in america everyone has an idealistic view of what hip hop should be. Fuck that, let it be what it is and let it branch out in so many different directions that it becomes impossible to categorize it in the future. I might be rambling but I had to get that out there. peace.


I thnk he might be referencing hiphop as in what he grew up on as in what Illmatic is.
But even in that case he's wrong, just log onto myspace and you'll plenty of cats still making it.

Heck, who this one guy I heard of..ummm. what shis name uh madlib? was it?

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 08:16 PM

It Sounds To Me Like He Ethered Himself...




Got This WHOLE Fucking Hip Hop Is Dead Shit That EVERYONE And Their Mother Is Talking About From a Fucking Kelis and Andre 3000 Idea...


Wow

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:23 PM

Nah, it's just NY hip-hop that is dead right now (Jim Jones) and New York rappers think they are in the center of the universe. :blink:

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 07:54 AM

Nah, it's just NY hip-hop that is dead right now (Jim Jones) and New York rappers think they are in the center of the universe. ;)


Uh-uh, no you didn't!

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:18 AM

I didn't really dig this inteview too much. I was expecting some amazing shit, due to the hype about "nas ether's everyone", but I didn't see it.

It seemed like your average interview, you know?

"The game is dead right now...blah blah"

"I'm gonna put something new out there...blah, blah"

"This camp is cool...this camp is dumb...I fuck with these dudes...I don't fuck with these dudes....blah, blah"

"I smoke weed....blah blah"

I didn't really see what was so great about the interview. I hope this album is good.

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 09:24 AM

whatev's
I still think Nas is trying to bring teh underground sound to the mainstream, problem is his sound aint underground its an evil mixture of both.

makes me think. eee-ooooo. :blink:




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