Monday, October 30, 2006

Nas set to critique hip-hop.

Def Jam Records has just announced details about Nas’ eighth album, his first for the label.

Hip-Hop Is Dead will be released Dec. 19 and looks to be a poignant commentary on the state of hip-hop music. XXL Magazine has an audio snippet of the title track, produced by of the Black Eyed Peas.

Strangely, the song features the very same sample used in Nas’ 2004 single, “Thief’s Theme.” It finds Nas at his best, rapping about the decreased quality of hip-hop music and placing much of the blame on radio DJs.

The album has confirmed guest appearances from Damian Marley, Snoop Dogg and The Game, and production from Kanye West, and Dr. Dre. It is rumored that Hip-Hop Is Dead will also feature producers DJ Premier and Just Blaze, as well as the long-awaited collaboration song between Jay-Z and Nas, who once feuded but are now friends and labelmates.


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