Thursday, November 16, 2006

Nas and Jay-Z collaboration arrives.

One of the most highly anticipated songs in hip-hop history has found its way to the Internet, a month before its official release.

The long-awaited collaboration between Nas and Jay-Z, called “Black Republican,” has made its way around various hip-hop sites and mixtapes. The song will be featured on Nas’s Dec. 19 release, Hip-Hop Is Dead.

The song samples an orchestral arrangement from the score of The Godfather II. Nas and Jay-Z rap one verse each, and the chorus compares two characters, the black republican and the black militant.

Nas and Jay-Z were bitter enemies for years, culminating in 2001 with Jay-Z’s “Takeover” and the Nas song “Ether.” In 2005 they reconciled, and in 2006 Nas signed to the Jay-Z-helmed Def Jam records.

XXL Magazine offers audio of “Black Republican,” although DJs Big Mike and Statik Selektah are speaking over parts of the song.


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