Hex Murda Talks State Of Detroit Hip Hop, Nas, Eminem, Pharoahe Monch

Exclusive: One of Detroit Hip Hop's most vital music industry figures gives his take on all things Motown, as well as where Nas ranks among Queens' best emcees.

Hex Murda's resume basically reads like a who's who of Detroit Hip Hop talent. In addition to managing Guilty Simpson and Carlisle Von, he co-manages Random Axe, Black Milk, and Danny Brown. He also served as executive producer for Random Axe, Tronic, Caltroit, The Preface, and Point of No Return.

In 2009, Hex  survived a Pontine Stroke, which carries with it a 7% survival rate. But that hasn't stopped one of the most prominent figures in Detroit Hip Hop from maintaining his craft (as well as brutalizing some of his favorite targets on Twitter via his account, @hexmurda).

Hex recently chopped it up with HipHopDX to discuss parallels between modern-day Detroit and New York in the early 90s, which artists from the D fans are sleeping on, and slew of other topics, some of which stray from his beloved Rock City.

Q. You occasionally address this a bit via Twitter, so I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds, but how is your recovery progressing?
A. First of all, Big Proof & J.Dilla forever. I'm still fucked up. Still in a wheelchair, still can't talk normal, but still here. Fuck it.
Q. I often hear comparisons between where Detroit Hip Hop is right now and where New York Hip Hop was in '94: raw, gritty emceeing and production. And while it's understandable to a degree, I don't think it gives credit to some of the more progressive brand of music that's coming out of the D. Is that a fair comparison in your opinion, or is it a limiting one?
A. I think that's a fair comparison. Especially the way some Detroit niggas rhyme. They really emphasize lyrics & the art of emceeing. Even some of the production can be traced through Dilla to New York based influences like Pete Rock & DJ Premier. Others are heavily influenced by early WestCoast shit. But make no mistake, this is muthafuckin' Motown. Whatever sound they choose, they make it work.
 Q. How did you get started with ShowOFF Radio and Shade 45?
A. I've known Statik Selektah for years & he wanted me on his show from the dumb shit he saw me tweeting. He uses a computer to give me a voice, & voila. I'm on your radio popping shit. Actually my dog Rude Jude who I've known even longer than Statik, was trying to get me on his show the All Out Show, but Statik came with the MacGyver / Mission Impossible shit for me to be heard first. Shout out to my Showoff niggas. Statik, SammyNeedles, Valerie Lora, Wais P, Saybz, Bedlam & Wreck. & to Shade45 Sirius/XM. Paul Rosenberg, Reef, Mills, Jude, Sear, Al Lindstrom, Tony Toca, Sway, Devi Dev, Evil Dee, Matt Fastow etc.
Q. A few months ago, you and I shared on Twitter the somewhat unpopular opinion that the best emcee to ever come out of Queens is not Nas, but is in fact Pharoahe Monch. What makes Pharoahe such a talent, in your opinion?
A. That nigga Pharoahe Monch is the total emcee to me. His lyrics & his content are on some astronomical shit. & his live show with Boogie Blind, Machinko, Lenesha Randolph or Showtyme is
awe-inspiring. You can definitely tell why he's one of the greats. I aint the biggest Nas fan anyway. As far as Queens MC's go I would probably take Prodigy or Kool G.Rap over Nas. It aint his fault, dog just can't top Illmatic.
Q. Speaking of Nas, I'd like to briefly turn to Elzhi's Elmatic. Many were skeptical of what Elzhi could bring to the table by revisiting Illmatic, which is often regarded as Hip Hop's best album, but it was met with considerable acclaim. What do you think made it such a success?
A. Elzhi can rhyme his ass off, flat out. Niggas had to respect his otherworldly ability as an MC. With that said I'm not a proponent of rappers re-doing other rappers albums. I don't give a fuck how u flip someone else's lp, its still that person's shit. There are very few MC's skilled enough to pull this off, Elzhi just happens to be one. I myself say leave the classics alone. I heard 'Ready To Die' when BIG did it, I don't need to hear Yung Lil Generic Jones give it a whirl.
Q. When we last interviewed you, you had mixed feelings about Eminem's Relapse album. Did you think differently of Recovery?
A. Eminem hit 'Recovery' out of the park. 'Relapse' only had about three records I really fucked with; 'Underground', 'Medicine Ball' & 'Beautiful'. I let 'Recovery' play in its entirety with no skips & it stayed in the disc changer, along with 'How I Got Over', & the 'Random Axe' CD before it was released. To me, 'Recovery' is the best Eminem album since 'The Marshall Mathers LP'.  Understand this, when you're listening to Eminem you're listening to one of the greats. For real.
Q. Which artist do you feel no one is talking about, but everyone needs to be up on?
A. Well, I'm from Detroit so I can't name just one. Everyone pretty much loves or hates Danny Brown by now. I'll have to say either Carlisle Von or Fat Ray. Von has had some records posted on this very site, & Fat Ray had a collaboration album with Black Milk called 'The SetUp' that niggas Nyquiled on. That shit's crazy.
Q. With Bad Meets Evil, Black and Brown, Elmatic, Random Axe, Success is Certain and the Slaugtherhouse EP all making waves, would you call 2011 a breakout year for Detroit Hip Hop?
A. I dunno if it was as much a breakout year as much as it was a defining year.
This year we kinda just kicked up a little dust & let niggas know where we stand. I won't call it a breakout year until Detroit artists chart high & their lives change. It was definitely a breakout year for Royce, because BME charted high, he received a plaque, Eminem unleashed that man upon the mainstream and he served notice that he was in the building. Now the dust has settled & everybody is back around their respective cauldrons brewing up some shit.
Q. Any chance you of and Big Ghostfase collaborating to review the next Drake release?
A. Naw, that's my man Ghost's lane. He's got an affinity for that shit. And just to clear up any misconceptions-I don't hate Drake. I never even met the nigga. I just think he makes Monistat Music.
Q. You're evidently a big football fan. Where do you see the Lions ending up this season?
A. Definitely a big fan of both the Michigan Wolverines & the Detroit Lions. I'm also a realist. The Lions are 7-3 with home games left against
GB, Chargers, & Vikings & away games versus the Saints, the Raiders, & GB again. In my opinion the best case scenario is some sort of split of thr last 6 games, resulting in a 10-6 finish & a playoff berth, which is what I'm hoping for.
Q. Anything else that the world                      fddfdsfsdfsdf needs to hear?
A. Fuck the world.
HH. Thanks for your time.
HM. Fuck you.

HipHopDX: You occasionally address this a bit via Twitter, so I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds, but how is your recovery progressing?

Hex Murda:  First of all, Big Proof and J.Dilla forever. I'm still fucked up. Still in a wheelchair, still can't talk normal, but still here. Fuck it.

DX: I often hear comparisons between where Detroit Hip Hop is right now and where New York Hip Hop was in '94: raw, gritty emceeing and production. Is that a fair comparison in your opinion, or is it a limiting one?

Hex Murda: I think that's a fair comparison. Especially the way some Detroit niggas rhyme. They really emphasize lyrics and the art of emceeing. Even some of the production can be traced through Dilla to New York based influences like Pete Rock and DJ Premier. Others are heavily influenced by early West Coast shit. But make no mistake, this is muthafuckin' Motown. Whatever sound they choose, they make it work. 

DX: How did you get started with ShowOFF Radio and Shade 45?

Hex Murda: I've known Statik Selektah for years and he wanted me on his show from the dumb shit he saw me tweeting. He uses a computer to give me a voice, and voila. I'm on your radio popping shit. Actually my dog Rude Jude, who I've known even longer than Statik, was trying to get me on his show the All Out Show, but Statik came with the MacGyver / Mission Impossible shit for me to be heard first. Shout out to my Showoff niggas. Statik, SammyNeedles, Valerie Lora, Wais P, Saybz, Bedlam, and Wreck. And to Shade45 Sirius/XM. Paul Rosenberg, Reef, Mills, Jude, Sear, Al Lindstrom, Tony Toca, Sway, Devi Dev, Evil Dee, Matt Fastow, etc.

DX: A few months ago, you and I shared on Twitter the somewhat unpopular opinion that the best emcee to ever come out of Queens is not Nas, but is in fact Pharoahe Monch. What makes Pharoahe such a talent, in your opinion?

Hex Murda: That nigga Pharoahe Monch is the total emcee to me. His lyrics and his content are on some astronomical shit. And his live show with Boogie Blind, [Mela] Machinko, Lenesha Randolph or Showtyme is awe-inspiring. You can definitely tell why he's one of the greats. I ain't the biggest Nas fan, anyway. As far as Queens emcees go, I would probably take Prodigy or Kool G.Rap over Nas. It ain't his fault; dog just can't top Illmatic.

DX: Speaking of Nas, I'd like to briefly turn to Elzhi's ELMatic. Many were skeptical of what Elzhi could bring to the table by revisiting Illmatic, which is often regarded as Hip Hop's best album, but it was met with considerable acclaim. What do you think made it such a success?

Hex Murda: Elzhi can rhyme his ass off, flat out. Niggas had to respect his otherworldly ability as an emcee. With that said I'm not a proponent of rappers re-doing other rappers albums. I don't give a fuck how you flip someone else's LP, its still that person's shit. There are very few emcees skilled enough to pull this off, Elzhi just happens to be one. I myself say leave the classics alone. I heard Ready To Die when BIG did it, I don't need to hear Yung Lil Generic Jones give it a whirl.

DX: When we last interviewed you, you had mixed feelings about Eminem's Relapse album. Did you think differently of Recovery?

Hex Murda: Eminem hit Recovery out of the park. Relapse only had about three records I really fucked with: "Underground," "Medicine Ball," and 'Beautiful." I let Recovery play in its entirety with no skips, and it stayed in the disc changer, along with How I Got Over and the Random Axe CD before it was released. To me, Recovery is the best Eminem album since The Marshall Mathers LP.  Understand this: when you're listening to Eminem you're listening to one of the greats. For real.

DX: Which artist do you feel no one is talking about, but everyone needs to be up on?

Hex Murda: Well, I'm from Detroit so I can't name just one. Everyone pretty much loves or hates Danny Brown by now. I'll have to say either Carlisle Von or Fat Ray. Von has had some records posted on this very site, and Fat Ray had a collaboration album with Black Milk called "The SetUp" that niggas NyQuiled on. That shit's crazy.

DX: With Bad Meets Evil's Hell: The Sequel, Black and Brown, Elmatic, Random Axe, Success is Certain and the Slaugtherhouse EP all making waves, would you call 2011 a breakout year for Detroit Hip Hop?

Hex Murda: I dunno if it was as much a breakout year as much as it was a defining year.This year we kinda just kicked up a little dust and let niggas know where we stand. I won't call it a breakout year until Detroit artists chart high and their lives change. It was definitely a breakout year for Royce, because [Bad Meets Evil] charted high [and] he received a plaque. Eminem unleashed that man upon the mainstream and he served notice that he was in the building. Now the dust has settled and everybody is back around their respective cauldrons brewing up some shit.

DX: Any chance you of and Big Ghostfase collaborating to review the next Drake release?

Hex Murda: Naw, that's my man Ghost's lane. He's got an affinity for that shit. And just to clear up any misconceptions - I don't hate Drake. I never even met the nigga. I just think he makes Monistat Music.

DX: You're evidently a big football fan. Where do you see the Lions ending up this season?

Hex Murda: Definitely a big fan of both the Michigan Wolverines and the Detroit Lions. I'm also a realist. The Lions are 7-3 with home games left against Green Bay, the Chargers, and Vikings, and away games versus the Saints, the Raiders, and Green Bay again. In my opinion, the best case scenario is some sort of split of the last six games, resulting in a 10-6 finish and a playoff berth, which is what I'm hoping for.

DX: Anything else that the world needs to hear?

Hex Murda: Fuck the world.

DX: Thanks for your time.

Hex Murda: Fuck you.

127 Comments

  • backstabthekingpin

    why you got a picture of him STANDING? lmfao i pity those who have been struck by god's fierce hand....but not this one

  • Anonymous

    lol Nas worst album is>than Jigga whole catalog.

  • LOIL

    "It ain't his fault; dog just can't top Illmatic." A rapper that can't top his best album? Surprising!

  • Anonymous

    Lol at Nas shitting on Biggie lyrically. Biggie will have Nas for breakfast lyrically any day. What I noticed here is how people confuse 'lyrics' with flow and rhyming. For example Pac is a far superior lyrist than Nas but Nas just flows and rhymes better. Biggie and Em also easily a better lyrist than Nas and he can never flow better than Biggie. Jay-z is not a better lyrist than Nas as Nas has a more varied lyrics with more topic range, theme and content compared to Jay's wealth themed lyrics but he makes better music compared to Nas and yes the Swagga of Jay is what gets him songs like Izzo, Hard knock life etc. Nas I reteriate is a great rapper and Hex should be mocked for his opinion but he is not even close to GOAT simply because he just can't make great music compared to the rappers I listed and neither is he better than any of them in the categories I mentioned earlier.

    • Anonymous

      You are on a trip down wonderland. Biggie had more humor in his flow and said off the wall ryhmes does not make him better, lyrically or more skillfull. Thats why all these rappers that are a few years up from Nas (including Biggie)have drawn most of their inspiration from him. I think Nas probably would have put biggie in his place just from having accumulated bit of real knowledge, reading books and having a much broader understanding of reality and a worldly view to add to his topics

  • Anonymous

    never heard of this faggot.

  • jr88

    relapse was dope but recovery was on another level....em is that dude....he puts his life on his records!...eminem is the only rapper now that doesnt need an rnb singer on the hook to sell...and he is the onlyone that spits 3 verses a song

    • @ jr88

      Isn't Rhianna an RnB singer? Eminem is the only rapper to spit 3 verses? You're stanning too hard buddy.

    • yo

      Which is why it's not true @ J. Coal. Em needs singing to sell the way he does just like other rappers. Remember Stan - well, that's like one of his most famous songs and guess what? It had singing, lol. Face it, singing on the hook helps hip hop records crossover, it is what it is...

    • J. Coal

      Maybe true. But his biggest singles for Recovery had corny singing on the hook. Even the main single from Bad Meets Evil had Bruno Mars of all people singing the hook.

  • Anonymous

    it aint his fault dude cant just top illmatic:sounds like somethin jay z will say in 2001

  • Anonymous

    hahaha elzhi did nt pull anything off his rhyme pattern on elmatic was the same as nas'

  • Anonymous

    a dude who likes kool g rap,prodigy and pharoahe monche but doesnt like nas is definitely a hater.

  • Anonymous

    just because he cant top illmatic he is not good....never heard of this dude but he must be retarded

  • anonymous

    haha i knew this would get all the internet nas fans panties up in a bunch... i dont understand why losers on the internet praise him so much i mean the guy can spit but he after illmatic he hasnt released anything powerful.... lyrical, ya but im talkin about material that just raised the bar.... MMLP > Illmatic in my opinion... eminems just better at using his lyrcism with a stronger appeal

    • Tommy Ramano

      eminem sed in the song till i collapse that nas is in the list of emcees better he is. check it out if u dont believe me

    • Anonymous

      Agreed..n dog wtf u taking about that the MMLP has no concepts and just talks about stabbing kim?? are you kidding u either are dumb or have only heard maybe 3 tracks off the album

    • Anonymous

      how can an album without concepts and lyrical ability that only talks about stabbing kim be a classic.fuck outa here

  • ArthurPlanks

    Marquise Porter is Detroit Hip Hop!!!!

  • Anonymous

    i think nas is better than Pharoahe Monch. personally never heard of dude till Rehab & havent cared//or heard since.

  • Anonymous

    Can't understand the agression here. First of all, it's his opinion. He could be right or wrong according to personal preference. I will say he is wrong but ya all stop taking like Nas is hip hop God and for those calling him GOAT, don't ridicule yourselves, he is not even close. Look! Nas is a great rapper, lyrically great and has a flow but rap has had and still has alot or artist who can rap and flow with great lyrics. What seperates the best is making great music and for all of Nas' rapping skills, he just isn't a great musician why he will fall short when compared to the class of Pac, Em, Biggie, Jay, DMX etc. I personally respect Nas but unfortunately his music just doesn't move me. I don't particular like Jay-Z but I can't deny him as an artist who makes great music and Nas can't beat Jay in flow and lyrics either. I mean how many songs from Nas gives you that times feeling anytime you hear it while at the same time appealing to the mass and not just his hardcore fans. Take 'Hail Mary' , 'So many tears' for example by Pac, 'Till I collapse.' by Eminem, Juicy by Biggie etc and compare it to Nas' best songs possible and he they can't touch the songs above and I did not even dig deep for those artist. The point here is Nas is a great lyrist but so was Big L and that just is not enough to hail him GOAT and shit on Hex's opinion. His hardcore fans will be all over but 1. Nas cannot touch hearts with his lyrics and story telling telling like Pac. 2. He can't flow like Biggie 3. He can't deliver insane lyrism with aggresive wordplay like Eminem 4. He doesn't have the swagger of Jay 5. He can't throw in punch lines as Big L. He is a great rapper but it ends there. Pharoahe is not better than Nas at any level in my opinion and I disagree with Hex but allow the man his opinion.

    • ..

      @anonymous 'Nas can't touch hearts with lyrics' So u speak for everyone now? Thats only your opinion

    • don eltron

      Cant flow like biggie.....he kills biggie lyrically what are you talking about....he cant spit a vivid picture like no other but you just left that out of your argument ..He doesn't have the swagger of Jay???? fuck swag what does that have to do with rhyming???...i just say this have yall niggas cannot get over the fact he made illmatic....so biggie can make LAD and it can be consider a classic(witch it is)...but when nas did mafioso it wasn't good???? thats bullshit

    • Anonymous

      Rappers aren't boxers. There is room to like more than one. But for all facts sake. NAS >> PM or HEX or any of the QB rappers he mentioned

    • Anonymous

      Jay-z bites biggie's lyrics and other rappers all the time and what does swagger have to do with being better at rapping.Nas is easily better than eminem I can not believe how someone can say that about nas he is a goat and a balanced MC like eminem but is better lyrically

    • Anonymous

      Nas is like all the G.O.A.T's combined into one, if you had an ounce of intelligence to make any sense in your arguement you would realize he has just about every attribute of all the above, and then some. Pay real attention to the catalogue and stop trying your best to downgrade one of the few real artist who can actually compete with mainstream culture without selling himself following silly trends

  • HipHopVet

    The Nigga you manage is a Nas dick rider fucking with Nas classics Elzi showed the world he is a NAS fan GTFO nigga!And what type of nigga sit up on twiiter and write hating ass shit about another man??? a gay ass nigga in a Wheel chair this was a meaningless interview..this nigga maken u niggas from the D look Bad..

  • gun di liro

    also, the mention of Recovery having no skips...smh/lol. not even gonna bother.

  • gun di liro

    the double standard that Hex puts out there is funny. Nas can't top Illmatic, but nowhere is mentioned that Pharoahe could not top Internal Affairs. Not even close. Why doesn't Hex mention that??? This while taking 8 years between Internal Affairs and Desire and another 4 years between Desire and W.A.R. I have no issue with him saying Pharoahe is better than Nas. Pharoahe is super illy and one of my favourite MC's. But to throw Illmatic in there to discredit Nas is dumb. Because of that album he's faced more pressure and scrutiny than any other. It's the unfortunate gift and the curse.

  • KoD

    I fuckin love Recovery but if this dude thinks Recovery is better than The Eminem show, he's trippin...

  • shark twain

    someone in the d is prolly using that thing as a ping pong paddle lol

  • shark twain

    peep the young berg chain lol!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ANY.... I MEAN ANY NAS ALBUM >>> RECOVERY

  • no time for worries

    Out of all the things mention in this guy entire interview the only thing worth a damn is him mentioning Nas. This guy is miserable and bitter and he should evaluate his life instead of hating on Nas all day on twitter. He should be more thankful for his life being speared but yet he spends time on twitter discussing Nas! Im glad Nas ignores the simple minded haters.

  • no time for worries

    Out and he should evaluate his life instead of hating on Nas all day on twitter. He should be more thankful for his life being of this guy entire interview the only thing worth a damn is him mentioning Nas. This guy is miserable and bitter speared but yet he spends time on twitter discussing Nas! Im glad Nas ignores the simple minded haters. Pharoahe and nas are both great emcees from Queens, along with LL Cool, Run DMC and many others.

    • Samuel Snead

      Ya i'm from Detroit and like the artists he manages except danny brown and some I don't know, but I don't know who he is and opinions are like assholes

  • Neppert

    The #fansdown movement doesn't really agree with all the good things said about Eminem. Tbh, a lot of the punchlines were a little corny, and the penis/poop/fastfood jokes have to go! www.youletthefansdown.com

  • Anonymous

    Relapse>>>>Recovery u dickface bastard. how can say medicine ball, underground and beautiful are the only good songs on relapse ? 3am, stay wide awake, deja vu, crack a bottle, bigpipes from bahdad, old time sake. Recovery was good too, but relapse is better, just underrated!

  • lol

    yea prodigy over nas...lol sit ur ass down fam

    • Anonymous

      lmmfao....prodigy cant top his verse from shook ones and right back at you, and h.n.i.c he doesnt even try to be better lmao

  • Anonymous

    Pharoahe is incredible but it took him like seven years for Desire to come out and another 3-4 for W.A.R. NaS has a much larger catalog, along with some of the most innovate ideas and concepts. Plus Pharoahe will never top Illmatic, or release an album similarly bar-raising. Pharoahe never lived up to his potential, although he's still one of the best alive IMO.

    • Anonymous

      Overall Pharoah is a great mc, still struggling to become a great artist. Unfortunatly the guy is saying some off landish ..ish!!!

  • The Mighty Arms Of Hercules

    You people are acting like little bitches just because dude prefers Pharoahe Monch over Nas? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and it's not like monch is wack or anything, so i he's not saying anything outrageous.

    • Samuel Snead

      True the man is entitled to his opinion and eternal affairs is so slept on. Nas has better overall work than pharoh does. Nas best album is better than pharohs best album and nas second best album is better than pharohs,eminems,and mobb deeps. U can make a case for infamous over any nas album but i will take illmatic if i was stranded on an island with one choice.

  • Anonymous

    And atleast we don't use that wack slogan as an arguement in support, "men lie, women lie, numbers don't"

  • Anonymous

    In all Truth and reality only wack mcs have stans... Nas music can honestlyspeak all for itself...

    • Anonymous

      Nas music can speak all for itself!!

    • Anonymous

      NaS has the worst stans ever. For like a month if you went to Jay-Z's "The Takeover" song on youtube and looked at the top comments, it was something like NaS is better then Jay-Z and Ether killed 'Gay-Z'. Good MCs have stans too... NaS, Eminem, 2pac, Biggie, and Rakim all have stans.

  • theworldismine

    Pharoah and Prodigy over Nas?? Gtfo

  • daddy

    Just out of curiosity, do alot of you Nas fans actually own a physical copy of his albums including Illmatic? Also, what did you all think of Elmatic after you listened to it? btw its amazing how Hex beat the stroke and managed to live.

    • Anonymous

      Illmatic,It.Was.Written.Iam....Stillmatic. hiphop is dead. untitled. & Streets disciples. i havent found the others in area

    • yodaddy

      Its nice to see that there are real genuine fans out there that act civilized, even on the internet. Props to all 3 of you for offering your input. Yea, Elmatic is incredible. I own a few of Nas's albums (physical copies).

    • wu4lyf

      I'm a Nas fan. Imo he's the GOAT. But I'm not offended when people state their opinion - I don't care what other people's favourite emcee is and I understand that it's completely subjective. I don't go around bashing other emcees and calling them out. However what does annoy me is the fact that so many of these dickridiers aren't actually real fans anyway. I own all of Nas's catalogue and have been to concerts. These fucking 'fans' demonstrate such little perspective on the culture and industry and don't even have a good knowledge of the music they profess to liking.

    • Anonymous

      I don't own a physical copy of Ilmatic, or It Was Written, however i have purchased them on iTunes and I'm probably going to get the physical copies. I do have the physical copies of Stillmatic, The Lost Tapes, and Distant Relatives. As for Elmatic, I thought it was an incredible mixtape. Will Sessions really did an incredible job on the production, and Elzhi didn't make it sound too much like the original. Elzhi's lyrics were very good (especially for a free mixtape.) The only problem was Elzhi's delivery and flow are bad (In my opinion.) Still a great mixtape.

    • yessir

      Yes, I own an actual copy of Illmatic and a few of his other albums, unlike alot of these fake Nas stans on here. Elmatic was cool and Elzhi was showing respect on it. Im sure alot of these stans havnt heard it, including Pete Rock's shout out.

  • So Icy Boi!

    who? Drake > Detroit & New York swag

  • G MON

    Thats was the gratest ending to an interview i've ever seen. ahahhaahaa

  • Papa Don

    Hex murda is my brother and i salute him for this interview Scream at your boy Hex on twitter @POPTHADON

  • mario

    GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE THE BEST RAPPER TO COME FROM QUEENS IS LL COOL J....LL TOOK RAP TO A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL WHEN HIP HOP WASNT FULLY MAINSTREAM YET...........HE MADE RAP BECOME A COMMERCIALIZED SUCCESS AND BOUGHT THE FEMALES INTO IT AND GAVE THE FORMULA DIDDY DRAKE AND SO MANY OTHERS USE!!!!!!!!!!!PHAROAH MONCH VOICE IS ANNOYING BUT HE IS TIGHT, IF I HAD TO SAY ANYBODY BESIDES LL IT WOULD BE REV RUN ....GIVE FUCKIN PROPS TO THE PIONEERS COCKSUCKERS

    • yuranidiot

      your so dumb. like hex is gunna say ll is the best outta queens. come on son...can you see him EVER listening to that shit?

  • Anonymous

    Nas dickrides are the worst next to mac millar fans.

  • Jay

    HHdx, stop posting these crappy articles. Who is this guy? Nas is in the category of Jayz Big, Pac, Em, and Pun. This guy lost all credibility, therefore shouldn't be published. You have been turning out wack article. This one is probably the worst of all wack articles. I may have to find another site. Yours is fading.

  • Wu-Forever

    This guys a POS, fatass with his stupid oversized Transformers pendant hanging off a 20 dollar chain. I understand if you think Pharaoh is better than Nas....thats your opinion. But to say the reason is because "never topped illmatic" is straight up ignorance! Thats translating into saying the rest of his catalogue is wack. G-Monny Below e put it perfectly, all these people dickride what others say about Nas, just like they dickride what others say about Jay-Z or Drake. That Drake album is fucking pussy but yall just say the same damn thing "he aking money, thats his lane, good for him!". Yall let that fool climb to the top of the charts with that bullshit, smh. As for this Hex bastard, try listening to IWW, Stillmatic, Gods Son, The Lost Tapes you idiot. Thats whats wrong with hip hop nowadays, nobody can make their own "educated independent opinion" they just go along with everyone else and what they are saying before even checking out the catalogue. I bet dude says Nastradamus is the weakest shit ever and hasnt listened to tracks 1-10 which showcases some of the best lyricism from Nas'. Fuck this guy and the rest of you that just hate with ignorance and cant come up with an educated opinion for yourselves

    • dj nemesis

      ^^WHOEVER WROTE THIS,SHUT THE FUCK I ACTUALLY PREFER IT WAS WRITTEN THEN ILLMATIC NIGGUH

    • dj nemesis

      Stfu! You dickriding scum. Hex has done so much for hip hop yet you call him out for wearing a transformer chain!?(that was speculated to have been jacked from young berg) You need to get nas dick out of your mouth and open your eyes. Illmatic was classic. After illmatic he had hit singles but no whole album after was comparable to It.

    • Wu-Forever

      And you guys are giving this fag a pass because his buddy jacked a transformers chain from yung berg??? Fuck outta here, you coons

    • Onyx

      Stfu! You dickriding scum. Hex has done so much for hip hop yet you call him out for wearing a transformer chain!?(that was speculated to have been jacked from young berg) You need to get nas dick out of your mouth and open your eyes. Illmatic was classic. After illmatic he had hit singles but no whole album after was comparable to It.

    • DX Fam

      Um, you realize that's Yung Berg's chain that was jacked from him by Trick Trick, right?

  • seek the truth

    Nas is WORLDWIDE & this person is a local Detroit hater. Shout out to Nas and Pharoahe two true hip hop KINGS!

  • G-Monny

    People who say that Illmatic shit haven't even listened to Illmatic or any of his other music...They just hear people saying "Oh Nas has sucked since Illmatic" and they dick ride it. If people said Illmatic was wack he would be saying it's wack. It's the same with the beats...Nas' beats are no worse then Ludacris, or 50 Cent or TI or whoever on average.. Don't buy into what these corny, random, follower, dudes are saying. The difference between Nas and other emcees is that he grows on every one of his albums. He always manages to think up new concepts and new topics to touch upon on every LP..While also remaining lyrical. No other rapper in Queens or otherwise does that. Nas could go back to Illmatic if he wanted to, but what the fuck would be the point? Illmatic is the story of what it was like to grow up in NY around that time...That time period is over now. It's not like a Cuban Linx where he can keep popping out sequels, because it's not a fucking concept album...It was an album about life in that era. When people say shit like that it kills me because I know if Nas was trying to make Illmatic's every album after Illmatic no one would buy his shit and people would complain that Nas is boring and stuck in the 90's. People just love to complain about Nas...I think it's because he's too good...People want to see him fail, they want to see him have flaws. Having so much talent is a gift and a curse..

    • Anonymous

      NaS only has 3 classics... Illmatic, It Was Written and Stillmatic. However Jay to me only has 2: Reasonable Doubt and the Black Album (BP's lyrics just weren't good enough and i found 3-4 tracks skippable) HOWEVER, if you weigh out their catalogs they are about equal, so Jay-Z wins because he has more albums. Now the BEST catalog... I couldn't answer. Most people that have a good catalog only have 3 or less albums so they can't really be considered. Jay and Nas both have a fair share of eh albums.. Even my favorite rapper Eminem hasn't been that consistant (Encore sucked, Relapse was good but nothing incredible.) It's hard to say..

    • mon

      Nas has the best hiphop catalog in the industry. Most of his albums are classic LPs. Jay Z only has about 3 classic Lps, most of his stuff is so dated. He compromised a lot trying to feature other artists. Those artists are so corny now, that it pains me to listen Jay Zs early albums. Reasonable Doubts is the only album I listen to regular basis. On the other hand, I listen to most of Nas's albums because they are timeless.

    • Larry G

      Co-sign! The people who try to uphold Nas to Illmatic standards have not grown as individuals. Nas as and artist and a man has progressed and evolved since then. Illmatic was about a specific time and area in Queens, New York. Nas told the story about what he experienced, as well as, seen at that time living in Queens. Nas is a well known international hip hop artists, his life is totally different from the 17 year old kid that wrote Illmatic. The Nas haters/critics need to get over it! Nas has moved on to even more exciting times in his life/career!

  • Anonymous

    It Was Written >>> Illmatic.

  • realtalkhiphop

    This Hexmurda guy uses any chance he gets to HATE on Nas! Nas probably NEVER even heard of this FAT FUCK! Phoroahe Much praises Nas ALL the time. Nas has surpassed Illmatic years ago...IWW! Haters try to use Illmatic as a clutch as if Nas has NOT done anything great since then. This Hex person doesn't even know why he HATES on Nas as much as he does...especially on twitter! A lot of these industry dudes are ENVIOUS of Nas and his success! Jealousy is for the WEAK MINDED!

  • Animus

    This interview is full of truth.

  • Wow

    Pharoahe Monch is ill but not better than Nas and his voice isn't as ill as Nas's voice and his lyrics aren't better than Nas's either. Eh. It's an opinion and I can respect it but still a pretty off opinion. If your a huge Nas fan mostlikely you grew up on Nas or he is/was all your listening to on certain days Nas's music hits the heart hard. "Black Girl Lost", "I Can", All of Illmatic, Untitled, all the songs on Distant Relatives with Damien Marley the list goes on. R.I.P J. Dilla and Big Proof

  • Alex Zubarev

    The girl is cute

  • I Gave You Power

    The Nas dickriding on this is beyond disgusting, you all should be fucking ashamed for stanning another grown man like that. That's coming from a fan.

    • Jet

      @I gave you power: Co-sign. There's no excuse for dickriding. Dude had some great moments but you have to give props where props is due. We aren't even talking about best rapper in ny. I wonder how the stans would react to that!

    • Anonymous

      It's not about being a stan, it's his delivery of truth and actual music, while being in this industry years ahead without dissapointing your core fans, plus a catalogue that is untouchable, if your a fan of the good old fashioned mc and original hip hop. While i have alot of respect for pharoah and his talents, i don't think Hex's opinion is a very good one

  • Brooklyn

    LMAFO Recovery is masterpiece.... but Nas' Nigger album was just ok! GTFOH with that bullshit. He just hoping Em listening so he get a feature!

  • Sowrdz

    Pharoe over Nas?? It's an opionion.... A bad on, but an opinion. Hex played Recovery without skipping a beat>??? Nah - that's when I released he just dick riding and saying some shit to sound special!

  • d

    and for hex that his opinion every body got one like ass hole.

  • d

    no body dick riding but go on youtube and type pharoahe monch vs nas and be the judge it a close one

  • MP

    Just because somebody doesn't think Nas is the greatest, fuck'em?! Why you "dick riding faggots"! A person can't have their own preference when it come to emcee's? A person can't feel different?! Some of you clowns are pathetic to me just for those type of responses...smmfh!

    • anelka

      Thats not d issue, d issue is abt having educated opinions not biased and ridiculous ones. If he feel Pharoe is better then so be it. The he follows be saying hes not a fan anyways n its not his fault, dog cldnt top illmatic, hw stupid can a nigga get?

  • The Militia

    *Enter the legion of Nas dickriders* I slyly agree, Monch has hardly ever failed to dissapoint lyrically from albums like Stress - The Extinction Agenda to W.A.R. He always manages to make me listen close for subtle genius lines, rather than being force fed. Nas couldnt follow through from illmatic which was perhaps his biggest crime. He let money, women, beef and fame get in the way of following up on a classic.

  • war22

    if ur from Detroit and u dont fuck with Hex ur nothing..nothing

  • 2Da9thPwr

    I like Hex Murda, he seems like an intelligent dude. Most of the stuff in this interview had me rolling. I agree with him Drake does make Monistat music and Pharoahe is the greatest emcee to come out of Queens.

  • Anonymous

    How the fuck did he just diss NAS? fuk this guy

  • Rival X Jordan

    Fuck this nigga.

  • Anonymous

    I stopped reading when he shitted on Nas...stop being a dickriding fag and biggin' up the white boy saying Recovery is a masterpiece and then shittin on Nas...You stupid fat f*ck...no wonder you are where you are..god don't like ugly...moron

    • @"goon"( in quotation marks)

      You're whole argument is he hemmed up yung berg?what are you retarded?my 3 year old niece can hem up yung berg?and trick daddy is 60 with lupus..plus he was rushed in Detroit..I aint never heard of Hex traveling to MIA so kill that noise..This hamburger eating,pork fried rice with 18 chicken wings ordering,milkshake chasing hasbeen who never was has no biz dissing a legend...this dude is asscheeks...and so are u and any other homo who catch feelings..

    • yves st lance

      @goon: That is why his fat & unhealthy ass had a stroke...fat ass BULLY! Nas could give two shits about this herb ass nigga!

    • goon

      u know what happend to Yung Berg...Hex and Trick happend...so shut up bitch respect a real g

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