Nas Talks The Rise And Fall Of Ringtone Rap

Nas bemoans the Chingy era of Hip Hop, but says that ultimately, natural selection made sure only the real survived.

For Hip Hop purists, the ringtone rap era of Hip Hop was an artistic dark ages that gave witness to the sudden rise and fall of one-hit wonders like Mike Jones, J-Kwon and Chingy. Now, one of New York's finest weighs in on why the "pop fluff" era of rap came and went so quickly during the 2000s.

In a recent interview with former manager Steve Stoute at SXSW, Queensbridge legend Nas discussed his hatred for the "Chingy era" of Hip Hop. He explained that while ringtone-driven rap did hurt Hip Hop culture, it also gave real emcees a timeout from the business side of music. He explained that because the standard of music was so low at that time, established acts didn't have to worry as much about competition, and that ultimately, natural selection weeded out the lesser emcees.

"I have to be totally honest, I didn't feel anything about Chingy or anybody else's success during that time," he explained. "Tell you the truth, it kind of gave me some time off. Time off to not have to keep coming and coming and coming. It just balances things - you can't have everything…it is messed up for that real stuff when the pop-fluff stuff is everywhere; that does damage to things. But when you have faith in the artists that you love, you know they gonna pull through and bring something to the table."

Check out the full interview over at Billboard.

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155 Comments

  • da1

    Lets talk about the rise and fall of nas rap

  • Rap is gay

    Fuck this bitch Nas fuck his ambitions his muzik his friends and his whole bitch made family

  • Anonymous

    Ringtone rap is as strong as eva what you on about????????

  • jason

    with the economy the way it is im shocked that the hardcore shit isnt back on the rise soo quickly. i mean gas is high and the world is in shambles yet everyone is sooo turn the other cheek and soft. lol

  • mic

    J DILLA produced this? wow! I mean when I heard this mixtape I was blown away...pause http://snd.sc/wDFDmt

  • Race Bannon

    How are you going to compare Nicki Minaj to Chingy??? Nicki is an artist, she has a lot of good songs..."Dear old Nicki", "Blazin", "Fly", "Last Chance"...She has more good songs then bad....Unlike Chingy who only made terrible club music. Nicki has skills...I don't give a fuck! Nas is 100% right to work with her and diss Chingy. Not everything that's mainstream or popular is automatically wack. Nicki's mixtapes/album have a lot of good joints.

    • Anonymous

      chingy is a billion times more listenable than nikki minaj and chingy fucking blows. nas is a little broke hoe, rich broke nigga like nicholas cage doing whatever he can to get paid NOW. what a way to go out. niggas like pac would slap nas, pac read him right, nas is a talented dude, but a weak little bitch.

    • Roger Rabbit

      Um are U an idiot Nicki Minaj is club music dumb ass her shit is always played in the clubs Damn do U go out are U a Lil Kid but it don't matter anyway both chingy and Nicki Minaj is wack commercial bullshit only the strong survive bitch why you think legends like Nas, Common, The Roots, Wu-Tang Clan are still dropping dope music? Dumb motherfucker learn your Hip Hop

  • mic

    J DILLA produced this? wow! http://snd.sc/wDFDmt

  • Anonymous

    Stop it (in Mike Ditka's voice)

  • Anonymous

    Why yall so mad at this man? Don't be upset cause he still in the game 20 years later and the other dudes couldn't hold up. It ain't his fault he's that talented and they were not. Still movin units in 2012..where Chingy and the Franchise Boyz...lol

  • Carmen

    my check's late again.

  • Mikeyant 11

    Nas is one of my favs, but I dissagree. This ringtone rap era is still going on today. Hip hop sucks, too many rappers want to be pop stars these days. It's not all the artist, some are still making good quality music, but they are the last of a dying breed of mc's.

  • Anonymous

    I read all these comments and its safe to say...there are a bunch of IDIOTS in the world...lol. I can't believe you dumb fuxx. This guy only job is to make music...and thats it. His opinions, beliefs, personal life don't mean anything....just the music. And yall take his words to heart like he's your daddy. Grow up. Everybody got flaws and say stuff they dont mean. Oh, he didn't say what you wanted him to so yall get upset??...so JUVENILE. Damn teenagers. And if you're not a teeny bopper....you probably should KILL YOURSELF!!!...for thinkin like you do.

  • Anonymous

    Nas is "The Ring Leader" behind ur favorite Death.

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  • Huey Newton

    HELL...He cosign ODD FUTURE....SMDH!!! WAKE UP NAS!!! DON'T LET THE INDUSTRY TURN U OUT LIKE A $2 HOE.

  • Anonymous

    You lames pick apart every little thing Nas does...and he still doesn't care what you think. TRUTH

  • Doubl Negative

    I never took umbrage with all these jiggy one-hit wonders, because ultimately they're just a blip and have rightly been relegated to hip-hop's dubious footnote. It is exasperatin' though, to listen to emcees I once admired follow these idiots' footprints and release garbage, wack R&B records, Nas included. Other artists whose recent material lacks the quality of their former work are Snoop, Em, Busta Rhymes, Hova and Fat JJoe. OC's Time's Up, Jeru's Come Clean, Cube's True to the Game, Extra P's Fakin' the Funk and EPMD's Crossover sound more relevant and pertinent now, than at the time oof their release.

  • So Icy Boi!

    Nas musik iz low quality. Lil Wayne iz tha best rapper alive. fuck Nas. swag

    • hellno

      its so funny how people still cant recognize trolls on this site.

    • Roger Rabbit

      @So Icy Boi Lol wit a name like that i can tell your like 15 what would U know about music Lil Boy if you ever say Lil Wayne is the best Rapper alive again in your like i will hunt chu down bitch kids like U is why Hip Hop is wack now Lmao confused little boy U think Lil Wayne is Hip Hop? GTFOH! Fuck all of Young money Fuck Hip Hop Nowdays.

    • Anonymous

      So icey dude is the biggest Nas fan....this lil dude on every Nas post...#closetFan

  • dm

    nas is now doing the current sell out shit. working with young money for easy checks selling his old fans short dropping trash. nas is a schitzo. multiple personality disorder. christian, muslim, atheist, satanist. dude is a shape shifter, incredibly gifted. too bad hes got no backbone. spineless, wimp. signing with jay-z, then jay-z bounces and leaves him rotting on def jam. working with nikki minaj tyga and drake to pay his slut wife back everyone advised him not to marry. nas is a weird dude man. his QB niggas cant get him on the horn but hes on a new young money joint every cpl weeks. all my favorites sold out, minus 2 or 3 rappers. rap sold out, the steet power was bought by corporate greed. sad shit.

    • Anonymous

      Who did he sellout to...U?

    • Huey Newton

      As much as I respect Nasir's music every since Live At The BBQ wit Main Source and being a true Hip Hop head since Kurtis Blow, I totally agree wit you homie!!! Nas is not the same anymore. I know people gotta eat, but damn! I wish real MC's will go back to the true essences of Hip Hop like it use to be. Politics play a big part in the demise of Hip Hop. Alot of our favorite MC's either took the boule or dead.

    • EL

      Clown.....who from QB can't get Nas on the phone? Also ask them who is responsible for helping their careers. I hate when people talk about things they have no clue about. Leave the personal shit aside....

  • Smh

    I'm throwing away all my Nas CD's out the window.

    • Roger Rabbit

      If U throw your Nas CD's out the window ill beat cho Ass don't get mad cuz he's telling the truth look around idiot he's right listen to what the man is saying Lol you need to throw away all your young Money CD's them shits is wack SMH...

  • NEW YIDDY

    Hey Nas I glad you decided to be "totally honest" 10 years later. Can't wait for 2022 to come around so you can be "totally honest" about the music from 2012 instead of your running quote "Hip-Hop is in a great place right now".....smarten up Nas...or just say what you feel cuz alot of other people feel it too like this dude http://snd.sc/wDFDmt

  • HUEY

    yeah you cute, but donlt let that shlt get to ya head........pop lock drop it...i loves it

  • Anonymous

    Why does this site completly ignore Jon Connor?

  • cheres

    We got 100 comments and Jay z ain't one

  • Taylor TooTrill

    This is not true. If only real rappers survived, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Wacka Flocka, Mac Miller, and tyler the creator's faggot posse would all be DEAD.

  • dazeone

    My fault forgot to mention Ghostface, Phonte....been listening to Blu old stuff Meek Mill, Action Bronson, and Torae.....real Mc's....Common even fell off

    • Roger Rabbit

      How Did Common fall off? The Dreamer, The Believer was a great comeback album one of the best of 2011 quit smoking crack kid Common one of the best all time.

    • Peterwheat Straw.

      Who ever plays FLOCKA's music has no standards about themselves. They are ignorant.

  • dazeone

    Lyrically Nas be dropping heat but he hasn't had a good alblum in years or for that matter consistently put out good songs....the olny established artist that has been consistent is Jadakiss...period...

    • Anonymous

      word, there's rappers with much lesser skills dropping waaay better albumms. nas can't put his potential to use.

    • Anonymous

      very true. nas still nice but his LPs been wack since stillmatic. gods son was weak. streets disciple sucked. hip hop is dead was overhyped and a letdown. untitled was a huge failure. nigga made pop singles and changed the name under label pressure. damian marley shit was wack. damian marley is a hack, nigga is legendary in name only. nas came lazy. been like 10 years since a dope nas album yall. maybe this is the one. wouldnt get my hopes up. nas is the best rapper that makes the worst LPs

    • Anonymous

      I admit jadas the man but he ain't been too consistent himself. That last cd wasn't that tight. And a lot of people disagree with me on this but I thought kiss of death wasn't that good kiss the game goodbye was better.

    • nat

      bitch stfu untitled was great n so was hiphop is dead..stfu u just dont understand a smarter type of hip hop cuz you're stupid...burr bitch, read a book

  • YESSIR

    MY NIGGA TYGA BUS GOT SHOT UP A FEW PEOPLE GOT HIT BUT THEY RIDING LIKE SOLDERS. IT AINT A GAME OUT HERE REAL NIGGA SHIT. WE GOING TO HAVE THEM BLLODS HUNT THEM DOWN YOU KNOW BIRDMAN A 5 STAR GENERAL AND SHIT 13 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG

  • lol

    The hell is this guy talking about, theres still the same corny bubble gum rap, in fact he has been working with some of them in recent years. This guy is always contradicting him self

  • mark

    he only says this because chingy can't do anything now but you notice soulja boy the biggest example of ringtone rap you could possibly have he doesn't mention because he i still somewhat known

  • Whatevas!

    It's funny how all these haters talk shit about Nas, but yet some of what they say is true. Nas has been hypocritical lately & I personally think he hasn't put out a solid project since 2002. I'll be the first to tell you Nas is one of my favorite lyricist of all time, but that doesn't mean I have to like every song, lyric, feature or album he has done. Nas is merely a man & not some god that should be worshiped. No rapper should be. I'm excited to hear his new album though. I like the singles he has put out. Regardless if he's album flops or not, if I like it, imma listen to it. I could care less of what people think of my personal taste in music. What's funny, is either you're a dickrider nowadays or a hater. So it seems people end up being trolls cuz they don't want to be considered one or the other, it's sad really. One day you little kids will grow up & realize it doesn't matter what other people think of you. You listen to what you want & don't pay attention to what others think. Regardless if that's Nas, Lil Wayne, Chingy or whoever. Fuck all this nonsense about Nas' personal life. I honestly don't give a damn if he owes money & if he thinks working with Nicki is gunna keep him relevant. Just give me music, & I'll decide if it's good or not.

  • Wes Groove

    It's a shame when your over 30 and can't use a couple of big words.

  • Wes Groove

    There is no conscience hip hop out here right now, if an artist was a real conscience brother or sister they woudn't get too many spins on the radio because of all of these rappers talking nonesense about things that do not matter and has no importance. Why is it that the number one artist on our black radio stations have songs about selling dope, and banging women, and gang banging. How are thses clowns at the top of the charts with really nothing to say. Rick ross, lil wayne, jeezy, jay-z, kanye, nikki minaj, 50, none of these clowns are helping our communities they are only adding to the B>S These are artist that have no substance that are at the top of the charts. they are Ignorant and the world is laughing at our black communities and the ignorant music we put out. Some idiot would say "they gettin paid" the devil has no problem making 20 rappers rich to keep 20 million ignorant.

    • HUEY NEWTON

      So True!!!

    • Anonymous

      BIG Krit homie

    • Anonymous

      Nasty ain't ignorant music? 'Can't y'all, see that he's fake, the rap version of TD jakes Prophesizing on your CDs and tapes Won't break you a crumb of the little bit that he makes And this is with whom you want to place your faith? I put dollars on mine, ask Columbine When the Twin Towers dropped, I was the first in line Donating proceeds off every ticket sold When I was out on the road, that's how you judge Hov, no? Ain't I supposed to be absorbed myself? Every time there's a tragedy, I'm the first one to help They call me this misogynist, but they don't call me the dude To take his dollars to give gifts at the projects These dudes is all politics, depositing checks they put in they pocket, all you get in return is a lot of lip And y'all buy the shit, caught up in the hype Cause the nigga wear a coofie, it don't mean that he bright Cause you don't understand him, it don't mean that he nice It just means you don't understand all the bullshit that he write Is it "Oochie Wally Wally" or is it "One Mic"? Is it "Black Girl Lost" or shorty owe you for ice?' Truest rap lyrics ever.

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  • &...

    straight up. I fucking hate Jay-Z but get this. Nas sold out too. Just no one bought in

  • Anonymous

    Very contradictory. Nikki Minaj isn't ringtone rap?

  • G-Bee

    Of course with "the real" he means people like Nicki Minaj, right?

    • Anonymous

      Nicki has good songs too, i don't like young money, but still i think if Nicki wanted Nas on that Song, it will be prety good, we saw Nas on Lil Wayne, Tyga albums, was these songs a bit ringtone? Realy hoping as Nas Said, this is his last album on def jam, hopefully he won't sign with Young Money...

    • Anonymous

      Right. He's talking and working with the same rappers he was willing to throw under the bus a few years ago when it fitted is public image, now he's broke and irrelevant he's sucking everybody's dick to get a little bit cash before his next album flops. If your music doesn't speak for itself, you need these kind of gimmicks. But don't worry, the delusional stans will never admit it.

  • raffael77

    Ridiculous prick.

  • Anonymous

    another shit nas interview that makes his high level of delusion even more noticeable.

  • Jew Tang

    Nas sucks. His music isn't even good enough to be a ringtone. All these big word rappers think their shit don't stink but when their cd drop it sell about 8,000 the first week. Matter of fact wasn't he on a DJ Khaled song? Hypocrite for life.

    • Anonymous

      do yourself the favor and get acquainted before you spew dumb ass shit. Please., and when you do, make sure not to front As you listen, just listen.

  • Anonymous

    Says a guy who proudly works with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Tyga. Nas is the biggest human contradiction of all time.

  • Anonymous

    Nas talking about the shit he tried to do himself with It Was Written, I Am and Nastradamus?

  • Bad Boy Killa

    Niggra aint had an album in years do he consider himself surviving? Boring azz monkey.

  • black melancholy

    chingy is not a ringtone rapper

  • jack johnson

    was reminiscing about ol' ringtone rap myself. I think it died when the quality of cell phones went up, noone needs some lame ringtone when they have an iphone that can hold 1000's of real quality songs

  • Up North

    Ringtone rap is still here unfortunately. But, Nas is 100% right about natural selection. Most of these hacks can't stand against the rising of the tide. Alot of cats who claimed to be balling yesterday are broke today and a distant memory. We still have alot of wackness running around but natural selection will take care of them too.

  • Anonymous

    The people that defend the music industry are the same people that think the government has your best interest at heart. Indoctirnated, insipid fools. Ignorance must surely be bliss. Good thing my IQ is at a peque level. I couldn't fathom living like some of you semi-literate idiots

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  • GTS

    I wouldn't say the Chingy/Nelly era was the Ringtone era....It was when the southern artists started to get really popular... Examples of ringtone rap songs: "Knuck If you Buck", "Lean With It, Rock With It", "Party Like A Rock Star","Crank That", "Booty Dew", etc It started with Houston rappers like Lil Flip, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, Chamillionare who weren't all that bad...But their popularity led to rappers from other parts of the south coming into the game at taking over....Most were country bumpkins from Atlanta... They dominated the market from like 04-09 with stupid ringtone jingles, then vanished....That was probably when hiphop was at it's worst. The dark days aren't funny over though...We still have people like Waka Flocka doing those types of songs...And Lil B...Which is more of a satirical type of thing on his part...

    • Anonymous

      Naw East Coast and West Coast rap fell off thats the reason why the south came in. I blame it on the East and West if they would have been making hits....that bull shit would have went away. Plus did we forget about chicken noodle soup and Mims...they're from the East Coast.

    • Dutty South

      Southern rap got popular in the mid to late 90's with Master P and Outkast You fuckin moron. East Coast rappers aint made good music since.

  • HipHopDX

    Ringtone rappers didn't die out. Text messages ruined the Ringtone era. Niggas send around 200 text messages a day--they have to have that shit on silent.

  • Anonymous

    http://soletron.com/blog/2012/03/19/deadmau5-collaborates/ dopeness

  • John

    Hearsay is inadmissible but that's garbage, what is said in this article. That's just garbage.

  • ASEE

    Flo Rida is currently number one seller on iTunes Rap/HipHop list. I mean it's obvious that we're in an era now that appreciates more indie artists but the most popular hip hop is still ringtone rap. Sidenote: I think it's possible that the rise of post-Eminem white rappers has helped move the general hip hop public away from ringtone rap because white rappers can't fucking make "Chingy rap". That's not to say that they can't make shitty music, but they don't make the style of music this article refers to.

    • Anonymous

      Not really because if anything it made ringtones more popular....eminmen brought more white kids that didnt know anything about real hip hop so just jumped on anything that was hot. Im black and we dont pay for shit like ringtones...lol.

    • Anonymous

      Thee Tom Hardy and Asher Roth moved the fans away from ringtones? Poor usage of the race card young man.

  • Anonymous

    call 603 471 3487 to get your dick sucked bruh trill shit

  • YESSIR

    OH YEAH THE TOP RINGTONE MAKERS ANYWAY WAS: 1.50 CENT- IN DA CLUB 2.JEEZY- GO GETTA 3.LIL WAYNE 500 DEGREEZ 4.NAS- I KNOW I CAN

  • Reel Talk

    "ring tone rap" started when the South started taking over, a la Franchise boyz, Soulja Boy, those "partly like a rockstar" cats, D4L. That was Mid-late 2000's. Nas was putting out music. It just wasn't hot. Plus he had an album in 2002 and 2004 and then in 2006. Where was this "break" that he was talking about?

  • Reel Talk

    Man Nas be OFF sometimes. Chingy came out in 2003. That is NOT when "ringtone rap" took over. The following albums were out in '03: Jay-Z The Black Album Nas - God's Son (Dec '02 release) "MADE YOU LOOK" was SUPER ill Fabolous - Street Dreams Ludacris - Chicken-N-Beer TI - Trap Muzik 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Trying Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

    • jack johnson

      you're right Chingy's time in 03 wasn't when the ringtone era was at its peak, i think that was in 06-07 when t-pain and soulja boy etc came out. at that time t-pain even said he made songs for ringtones. But in 03 it was in that era, that was when they would make crappy phone versions of the real songs and everyone had to have the latest ringtone version on their phones, coz back then most phones didn't have enough memory for the full versions of songs or proper versions, so they made 6 second phone versions played in the cellphone style, Chingy's song was during that era

  • Anonymous

    rack city isn't ringtone rap? No hate to Nas, but that shit is still going on.

  • Anonymous

    i think the ring tone rap brought more diversity..I mean i like driving with some mike jones on, and I also like one call away from chingys album, i use to have that on repeat! But I also listen to Nas, nas cant do ring tone rap if he wanted to hahahah.

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    "I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH CHINGY OR ANYONE ELSES SUCCESSS"- NASIR JONES Haters just want to complain Nas could careless about the invisible haters commenting on the blogs.

  • YESSIR

    NAS HAS A VERSE ON WAYNE ALBUM NAS HAS A VERSE ON TYGA ALBUM NAS HAS A VERSE ON NICKI'S ALBUM NAS HAD A VERSE ON ROSS MIXTAPE. NAS RESPECTS THAT REAL SHIT THATS YMCMB AND MMG DOING. THAT'S REAL RAP. IF YOU SPIT HOT FIRE AND PERSONIFY HIP HOP HE IS DOWN TO WORK ON YOUR ALBUM 13 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG

    • jack johnson

      you forgot Lil Wayne had a verse on Nas last album "Distant Relatives"

    • Anonymous

      you are honestly the most pathetic person ive ever come across. Even if what you say is all a big joke, how often you post and how its always in caps its just pathetic. Those faggots dont even know you exist, get a life dude, THEY DONT GIVE 2 FUCKS ABOUT YOU.

  • jr88

    there is nothing wrong with nas working with these artist but the man said he doesnt like ringtone rap and pop rap...these are his words, not mine...i know its a business but these are his words man....lol...

  • Anonymous

    one clown posting under 10 fucking names, get a fucking life bro. Im not sure if I missed it but what song did nas do with ms minaj ? not saying it doesnt exist just saying i havent come across it. Ad much as i hate wayne a lot of people dont and a lot of people will say hes lyrical (again not my oppinion) so for nas to work with wayne its a business move. Hes hugely popular, everything his shit is on sells and this rap shit is a business. They day nas sells out is the day he uses auto tune, wears skinny jeans. You mindless fucks need to realize this business side of this shit and calm down. If you determine who sold out based solely on doing a few songs with some whack rappers than i dont think there is 1 person in the industry who hasnt.

    • Anonymous

      Typical Nas stan response. When will you fucking fools learn to apply the same rules to every rapper out there? You don't like people calling out Nas for doing this wack shit? Then shut the fuck up next time when another rapper does it.

    • Anonymous

      i agree, by most peoples definition jayz sold out, raekwon sold out, biz markie sold out eminem sold out dmx sold out so on and so on. if he starts using auto tune and trying to make lolipop like singles thats when he sells out, a lot of people will argue wayne is lyrical, nicki is from new york and for a girl a lot of people cwill say she can spit plus shes real hot right now, its just good business, after 10+ albums of mostly consistant shit, you cant say nas sold out cause he did a couple of songs with whack rappers.

    • Anonymous

      It's called selling out cause money rules everything

    • Anonymous

      ..Sports owners don't get players they hate. Businesses don't do business with their rivals or some shitty business. That's bad for business. ========================= Lies young man, the most frequently used cliche is don't mix business with pleasure. Apple hires many Microsoft former employees. George Steinbrenner had no emotional attachment to Reggie Jackson. Business, win championships, sell merchandise, move units. It is truly amazing how so many of you are so fast to speak about corporate business knowing you have never had any type of experience in it.

    • Anonymous

      Spot on assessment Mitch.

    • Anonymous

      Pay attention dude the Nas nicki collab was announced days ago he's on her album. If you'd look there's an article about it right next to this one. Also if some1 says they hate a certain type of music then do music with those people that make that music then their completley stupid. Saying its business is BS. Sports owners don't get players they hate. Businesses don't do business with their rivals or some shitty business. That's bad for business.

    • Mitch 3K

      the song with nicki exists, it will be on her new album come april i agree tho, its not a huge deal, i cant stand young money but i dont throw temper tantrums when artist i like fuck with them, nas can do what he wants so long as his own album doesnt sound like some YM fluff shit

  • IDK

    Since when "Ringtone Rap" ended? I thought it's still being played through the radio as of right now o_O

    • IDK

      Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up for me

    • GOd

      The difference is. Most of us have smart phones with Apps to make ringtones. So while it still is profitable to sell ringtones it is a highly diminished market since Smartphones came into popularity.

  • Anonymous

    Nas man I don't know what to say man how can you say you wasn't feeling the ringtone rap but hook up with niggas that does worse music. I hated the shit too but then you collaborate with nicki. Negro please!

  • GOD

    Where to start... First and foremost. Chingy was not a one hit wonder. And like most hiphop fans. He's my dirty secret. I'll be like "Chingy sucks" but ill still listen to him. Secondly Nas was always ill but he has always been a hypocrite. "Kill niggas, but love them as well" he has to realize Hip-Hop like Rock, Metal,Pop, or even Country has that time in the genre where crap music was being pumped out. Like I said, I'm a Nas fan but saying he hates Ringtone rap is like Ghostface saying he hates disco. It's a matter of taste. 12 year olds love easy lyricsso they can rap and sing to the radio, let people enjoy what they like.

    • GOD

      Point is. You like what you like. Ghostface could listen to Lady Antebullum or however the names spelt, the fact is. He likes it and supports it. Me being a hip-hop fan doesn't mean ima like Gospel. In fact ima strongly prefer what i connect with.

    • Anonymous

      what? i bet ghostface does hate disco..and disco is whack as fuck

  • YESSIR

    YEAH THAT RING TONE RAP IS OVER ALL THATS LEFT IS THEM REAL RAP NIGGAS LIKE YMCMB. DRAKE WAYNE NICKI TYGA RUNNING THIS SHIT THAT REAL HIP HOP. NAS RELALY MESS WITH YMCMB BECAUSE ITS REAL RAP YOU SEEM HIM ON THE TEAMS ALBUMS CARELESS WORLD PINK FRIDAY ROMAN RELOADED CARTER 4 13 LETTERS YMCMB OVOXO MMG

  • DutchWeazel

    ''The Fall Of Ringtone Rap'' Yeah! That means Nas minus YMCA swagrappers

  • jr88

    nas will kill your favorite artist but i hate rappers that are in interviews and say "i hate pop hip hop" but then they work with nikki , or that they hate fake rappers but then they work with ross! nas hassold out...not because he chose to work with fake and pop artist but because he by his own standards is everything he hates now

  • Swag

    Give it up Nas! You'll never be up there with Wayne. You're the reason why hip hop is dead right now.

  • resl talk

    Nas brings out the insecurities of the less fortunate. Nothing Nas said was hypocritical...he was honest.

    • Anonymous

      Kill yourself, you fucking bitch. Life has no purpose for you, cause Nas will continue to shit on his fans for the rest of his life.

    • Swag

      Stfu faggot. You would probably suck Nas's dick if he pulled it out right in front of you. LOL bitch ass nigga.

  • wow

    man this site's community turns on everybody. Is there going to be anybody left they are going to like? Though I do agree that Nas is being a fucking hypocrite...he didn't rappers like Chingy, Mike Jones, M.I.M.S. or J-Kwon...good neither did I, but I also hate Nicki and Tyga and Lil Wayne...to me there's no difference between them the two groups of names I just listed...yet Nas has made songs with the second group...

    • Anonymous

      haha = prime example to the stupidity of nas fans. bet most of them listen to him hoping to get educated because they fail daily in life.

    • GetEducated

      @haha Nas is quoted in the fuckin article (a quote is the sentences at the end of the article (the thing u were reading on this page about Nas) that contain two little tic marks hanging in front of the beginning of the first sentence (group of words ending with a dot) and at the end of the last) saying he hated Chingy and that whole group. Dumb ass

    • @haha

      you are a fucking moron, I'm going to go ahead and make an educated guess and say that HE DIDN'T LIKE THOSE RAPPERS...considering at one point Nas didn't like 50 or Young Jeezy, there's no way in hell that he would like Mike Jones, J-Kwon, or Chingy...and nobody liked M.I.M.S. Get a life faggot, apparently you don't even know how to spell the word, "Hypocrite", you fucking moron.

    • haha

      When did Nas express his dislike for said rappers? I think people like you are the problem because you have NO clue what your talking about. You people are born haters...(having anger towards everyone reaching success) you don' even know the true meaning of the word hypocrit.

    • Swag

      Because Nas is a hyprocritical faggot.

  • Yes

    Nas has one of the corniest voices in rap. He's a sell out piece of shit and only amateur kids dickride him as one of the bests when he isn't even close skill wise. The guys that dickride him are usually nerdy pseudo-intellectual hip hop fans that think they know all about hip hop and haven't been exposed to real lyricists. Nas is weak and not consistent at all. (besides releasing a bunch of shitty albums that his stans dickride).

    • Mr Flamboyant

      @Yes And just because you stand by something stupid as hell means you're what? Stupid as hell. Go try to shave a live bear in the woods with your clothes covered in honey.

    • Yes

      @Reach4TheStars Go watch your cartoons and shut the fuck up like a good little bitch. I still stand behind the fact that Nas is a sellout piece of shit and his fans are a bunch of dicksucking homos.

    • reach 4 the stars

      But your weak ass is sure to check out every post that mentions Nas. You are more of a dickrider for Nas than you claim his fans are. Weak minded people like yourself will always waste your time & energy criticizing Nas because you are unhappy with your own life. Keep using your energy to check for Nas.

  • Swag

    Fuck Nas. Who cares about him?? He's shit and has always been shit.

  • Anonymous

    aint this the same nigga doing songs with nicki and tyga

    • Anonymous

      so what if he did songs with nicki and tyga..im not a ymcmb fan and i dont see whats wrong that?its not like nas featured on rack city or starships

  • Fuck Nas

    Nas is a fucking sellout.

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