Immortal Technique Addresses Nas' Ghostwriting Controversy

Immortal Technique gives his two cents on ghostwriting in Hip Hop.

A few weeks back, renowned journalist Dream Hampton made an allegation that Nas employed Jay Electronica and dead prez's stic.man to ghostwrite songs on his 2008 album Untitled, sparking a debate about ghostwriting in Hip Hop. Immortal Technique weighed on the situation during an interview with Hard Knock TV after he joined the conversation on Twitter, stating that he knows many rappers use ghostwriters but feels the situation could have been more constructive.

"Listen, people always call me the KGB of Rap. I said that as a joke one time and people started saying it, because I know a lot about everybody else’s business," he said. "Part of the way that I keep that relationship and keep knowing about other people’s business is because I don’t put other people’s business out there. I know that a lot of people use ghostwriters. The only time I ever had someone else write something for me was a hook, that they were doing on it as well. It’s something completely different. I asked public, how do you feel about ghostwriters? Ninety-five percent of the people who wrote me back were like, if that’s not really you, then what the fuck? I don’t know about that situation. I can’t call that, it’s not my place to speak on another man’s business. If I wasn’t in the studio and I didn’t see it, then it’s just conjecture. Then I’m just spreading rumors, you know what I mean?"

Tech said that the conversation about ghostwriting should have been more progressive than it ended up being. He said that Hampton's comments weren't intended to be blanket statements about Nas' career, but that it gave the wrong message to those part of the dialogue.

"And I think what was so bad about that was that it was done in such a way where it was like someone was accusing Jay of something. And rather than addressing that, the person throw Nas under the bus. ‘Well Jay say what he feel, Nas don’t even say…’ It’s not her fault. I know she a good person. I’ve known her for years. But it was just the way it was said I think that set up this conversation to not be a constructive dialogue, but to be an accusatory, ‘You didn’t write anything.’ And that’s not what she said. She never said ‘You didn’t write Illmatic, you didn’t write I Am.’ They were talking about the last album, but like I said, because I’m not there, I can’t speak on that. Whereas anybody else, if they’re still willing to give you your opinion about it, you don’t know what the hell happened between them."

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104 Comments

  • techsupport

    I like that he spoke about this and gave all the points and perspectives. He def respected Nas enough not throw him under a bus. He's a legend, i honestly feel sorry for niggaz like this fag below me who are too dumb to understand that his life lessons could actually help you. oh well stuck in the hood forever. living through a window to the world on the net smh

  • LiquidCubanLinx

    I care about this dude's opinion on anything about as much as I care about Ja Rule's opinion on 9/11

  • djbvax

    I could listen to this dude talk all day

  • YIROSUN

    Fuck Immortal!He tries too much!Good music must be simplified for people to hear and enjoy!

    • ganjaroller

      @YIROSUN... You probably meant "he tries too hard"... Don't hate the man for being intelligent and hopelessly over your head.

  • subz

    whoever said we need nas and tech track, you damn right!!!, we need it asap. The interview is on point. This guy speaks on pint stuff

  • @kaydee1871980

    dope interview. i respect teck he always speaks his mind. would love to see him work with nas on a record

  • ThaGoodFather

    i agree with Tech, he's 100% on point throughout this entire interview except when he mentions the murder of Dolla. *allegedly* The cat that killed Dolla had a prior altercation with him in Atlanta & Dolla threatened to kill him. They ran into one another in L.A. at the Beverly Center & NO DISRESPECT to Dolla or his family but, the dude did what anyone that was threatened would have or should have done... in my opinion. If someone tells you to your face they're going to kill you & they're KNOWN for violent crimes/gun charges... what would you do the next time you saw them? Run, right? OR... if you're the type that subscribes to the "rather have it & need it than need it & not have it" theory, you'd probably have GSR on your hand.

  • Anonymous

    the realest dude out there ...... everyone needs to listen to his message. He is the truth and he is full of knowledge. Educate your mind youngin's put down the lil wayne and pick up the Immortal Technique

  • Anonymous

    wow this dude has a brain and hiphop still, unbelievable!!..can;t believe he exists

  • red and red

    Tech trying not to say the "wrong" thing. my dude was tippy toein. Nas is like god to the game. He can commission other artists to help him mold ideas.

  • Anonymous

    yeah this whole thing pretty much just gossip folks. nothin to see here. yall can click to a different page and forget this shit all happened now

  • joker

    I think Tech fell into the trap too. The accusation was completely false and dealt with weeks ago. The credits are on the on the album and anyone with the liner notes will know the truth for themselves. Dream doesn't need any caping. She deserves what little backlash she gets for her statement. I think that DX, OMAR, TECH, etc. should understand that fans know of the process and have the albums to cite the credited authors. Co-writers are NEVER ghostwriters. A known co-writer should know that.

  • Anonymous

    NAS IS THE KING AND TECH!!

  • Anonymous

    WE NEED A NAS & IMMORTAL TECH TRACK!! THAT WOULD B DOPE

  • 0ru8

    So all y'all bitches can't fuck me.

  • 0ru8

    I'm the illest nigga alive.

  • Fuck Detroit

    At least I never heard Immortal Tech making childish poppy sissyfied songs like "The Real Slim Shady" in order to move more units.

    • wreiad

      The point of the music business is to well, make money. When you have people like Taylor Swift and U2 raking in dozens of millions every year, it kind of looks bad when no one is doing that for hip hop. You know, getting people to pay to come out and see you in concert. If you respect hip hop, you'll want it to make those kind of inroads.

  • joem

    Immortal Tech does 2 pod cast with Joe Rogan and now he's being talked about heh..

  • Anonymous

    Roxanne Shante is dope!

  • SMH

    Fuck that dog bitch name Dream Hampton.

  • bomb1st

    dream hampton needs a Dee Barnes a** whooping!

  • MMG Uncut

    Rick Ross is the new black Jesus, not some dominican angry backpacker/ "Immortal Technique"= stagename appeals to rich white kids.

  • The_Observer

    Nas should have employed Immortal Technique on 'Untitled' as he's stronger than Dead Prez on political matters

  • Pirate7X

    Respect to Immortal. But Dream Hampton has a very interesting relationship to certain rap artists. She seems ready to big up whomever she's rolling with at the time. Ask Tupac, BIG, Heavy D, Jay-Z, D'Angelo, etc.

  • Handyyy

    Fuck Nas. He's overrated anyways. He wishes he could be half the gangster Lil Wayne. Su WU blood nation all day. Lil Wayne is a true gangster.Lil Wayne is the greatest. Fuck the haters!

    • ousie21

      He said Lil' Wayne... LMAO Who is probably the most unintimidating rapper behind Drake. He kisses his boss and wears jeggings!!!!! What part of gangsta is that!!!! S.P. Ghost the hardest!!! Nas is overrated......you must not have heard the music!!!! You are a LAME

    • optimus rhyme

      Is this the same Lil' Wayne that was showing us a band aid on his ankle from a skateboarding accident a couple days ago? LMAOOO!!

  • Anonymous

    So sum passed around smut bitch makes an asinine comment about Nas and its actually sum dum fucks who believe her...stic.man and JElec although they are dope in their own rights...they are NO WHERE NEAR NAS DOPE..not even close. Nas prolly told the bitch NO MORE DICK FOR YOU and she pouting...fuck her and her credibility...

  • Handyyy

    Lil Wayne is the greatest...fuck the haters

  • Real Talk 100

    Hiphopdx posts this non-story to muddy the waters some more. The question should be: WHAT IS THE TRUTH? Again the statement from Dream Hampton was the album was LARGELY written by stic and Jay. Stic man's account was COMPLETELY different, in fact, it's the complete antithesis, he said NOT ONE WORD that came out of Nas mouth was written by him or M1. This aint the fuckin Oprah show or the View, there is no gray area or middle ground where no ones feelings get hurt, but its this he-said-she-said TMZ yellow journalist bullshit that hiphopdx has allows the issue to linger out there like this. Either what Dream said is true or it is false, either what stic said is true or it is false. Period. But hiphopdx is not concerned about the truth, they like this funny middle ground where the controversy still lingers and meanwhile Nas legacy and reputation is being trashed on unconfirmed heresay.

  • Anonymous

    so what the fuck ar you spekking on fucking bitch!

  • dockevoc

    He has no opinion on the subject...thanks HHDX

  • Fuck Harlem

    To all you Immortal Technique, how does his dick tastes?!?! Y'all act like dude invented Hip Hop or something, damn, just because nigga is underground doesn't mean he's better than everybody else. Learn how to give props where it's due. Pac was mainstream as fuck and y'all still love that nigga.

  • ThaBlackGodX

    Just might be the realest shit posted on this bs site EVER and dumfucks still have the nerve to come on here hatin' still trying to defend Nas just because they are living in some alternate form of reality and have had their conscience's stripped away making it impossible for them to think for themselves or differentiate reality from fantasy, or the truth from a lie. Sad

  • Anonymous

    Niggas didn't complain when Shock G wrote haft of Tupac's Strictly For My N.I.G.G.A.Z

  • Anonymous

    He's right...She basically through Nas under the bus in defense of Jay-Z. If the ghostwriter thing was true Nas would have been exposed years ago. The woman is friends with Jay-Z, and on his dick...So she got a little emotional and reacted. She doesn't even know Nas personally and wasn't in the studio for any of the tracks. smh

  • Anonymous

    Tech a real mutherfucka...i love his music and i respect him as a human being and as a artist 2...this dude needs to get the spotlight

  • hate revolver

    Why HiphopDx, are you still talking about this ghostwriting controversy? This ended weeks ago and y'all are stuck on this topic? Why? Dream Hampton had an agenda and she did what she want to do. Question Nas' credibility. Everyone has denied it, so why still ask about it?

  • Anonymous

    Fuck Dream Hampton!!! Dumb bitch.

  • Phil A

    Tech brings up a lot of interesting points. I don't think the person that wrote the article about certain artists ghostwriting for Nas was basing it on facts. It was an opinion based article and that's why journalism has lost a lot of credibility since the emergence of the social media. Don't believe everything you read. You need facts to back it up and no one is certain if Nas used ghostwriters for one of his albums...period!

  • God

    Why does it concern gay ass fake ass Immortal Technique? "Hey Paris Hilton, what do you think about Mad Cow Disease" fucking pointless questions directed at pointless people and shit. Next we should ask Lady Haha about Curiosity, or a Priest about science.

    • milehighkid303

      @GEORGEL, I SHOULD leave this to Him because ULTIMATELY that's who you SHALL answer my brother, but let me let you in on a LIL secret about something.......HE exists bruh, and He LOVES you, I'll leave you wit that homie.....peace.

    • God

      Let me first thank the supporters. Now on to blind little sheep. First you asked why my opinion matters? Because apparently I'm one of the more popular comments, also Read the headline "Imorrtal Technique addresses Nas' Ghostwriter Rumor" unless this dude wrote for him he has no opinion. I can have an opinion cuz this article is effecting me. And lastly he's a fake ass person because he claims to want to open peoples eyes at the same time saying "buy my album" that's not making you less of a sheep, its conforming you into a sheep in his stable. And you confirmed the brain washing by defending him without seeing the stupidity. And lastly I don't need to be a "true Hip-Hop Head" I'm me and I like what i like simple.

    • georgel

      so God why does your opinion matter on this post when you dont even exist? Fake immortal technique? How is he fake, he is respected by any true hip hop fan.

    • milehighkid303

      My vote for comment of the year, lol. Co-sign.

    • Anonymous

      lmao yeee get 'em

  • Anonymous

    Immortal Technique always speaks the truth and keeps it 100 why cant other rappers be more like him and honest

    • bigSMALLcapitalLOWERCASE

      how do you know hes honest, i didnt hear him say you got ass raped by me last night and enjoyed it more than your dad did

  • MMG Uncut

    Who is this? WHy is this fool so angry and bitter? His last album prolly flopped, now he prolly considers joining MMG, sorry chump, doors are closed.

    • MMG Uncut

      Also i will give you all oral satisfaction till you romance explode in my while i put my finger in your anus. I am worthless next to immortal tech and i was thinking he was mc hammer so that was my mistake.

    • MMG Uncut

      I realized after my post I was indeed wrong.. Immortal Technique is one of the greater MCs of all time. I really regret thinking MMG was really all that great. The likes of this man, AZ, Scarface, and many others are significantly better than MMG could ever dream to be. Single bars from these greats destroy all that MMG has ever considered releasing.. I am turning my deputy badge into Rick Ross.. I am sorry guys.

    • god

      The stupid Children always feed the trolls not yet realizing its their job to get a reaction and play with emotions.

    • Anonymous

      feeding the trolls

    • HA!

      Do you acctually read what you type? Your name is MMG Uncut and yet your calling a real rapper fake? Go listen to dancing with the devil or freedom of speech and then we will talk. If you don't like that then you can go back to listening to whatever fake shit officer Ricky is pushing your way.

    • MMG Uncut

      so he a backpacker then? still looks gay and fake.

    • HA!

      Ha if you think Immortal Technique would ever join a major label then you are a fool. He is real hip hop, not some cookie cutter bullshit. Ross always spittin that truth right?

    • Anonymous

      hes an underground artist you dumb fuck. not every rapper is under a major label.. think before you type

  • lim

    tat was a real ass interview

  • BLACK

    GLAD TO KNOW THERES STILL PEOPLE WITH SOME TYPE OF SENSE

  • gun di liro

    Tech is right. It was a poor response from hampton, but at the same time a great diversion tactic from a Jay stan that worked. The net could have been discussing the lack of substantial content on Jay's albums, but she totally flipped it.

  • YEBO

    I LOVE SLAUGHTERHOUSE SO MUCH I CAN'T HELP MYSELF BUT GOTO EVERY POST AND PROMOTE THEIR ALBUM.. WELCOME TO: OUR HOUSE!!! IN STORES NOW! GO BUY IT.. WANTED TO UPDATE YOU GUYS I DROPPED MY OLD NAME YESSIR AND SO ICY BOII FOR THIS NEW ONE.. TO KEEP YOU POSTED THOUGH I TRADED MY YMCMB FAN CLUB PASS FOR A SHADY 2.0 ONE! PS I STILL HATE MY LIFE!

    • YESSIR

      I AM NOT ON VACATION!!! I AM ALSO WITH YOU!!!! SLAUGHTERHOUSE IS SO AWESOME.. I TRADED IN MY YMCMB CLUB MEMBERSHIP FOR A SHADY 2.0 ONE TOO!! YMCMBs BIRDMAN AND WAYNE SEX TAPE BLINDED ME TO THE TRUTH!

    • THE REAL YEBO

      STOP TRYING TO BE ME, THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE YEBO! I'M NOT YESSIR AND EITHER I'M NOT SO ICY BOII, I JUST POST MORE BECAUSE YESSIR IS PROBABLY ON HIS VACATION AND I WAS TALKING ABOUT NAS AND WAKA FLOCKA'S LYRICAL ABILITIES, DON'T BRING SOME FLOPHOUSE SUCKERS IN THIS PERFECT DISCUSSION, THE ARTICLE SAYS NAS ! ONLY I CAN BRING SELLOUTHOUSE EVERYWHERE SO PEOPLE CAN REMEMBER HOW MUCH THEY SUCK. I WANT TO TEACH YOU ALL, BECAUSE EVERYBODY SAYING SLAUGHTERHOUSE OR KENDICK LAME ARE GOOD MCS IS JUST RETARDED AND SERIOUSLY NEEDS HELP.

  • YEBO

    THE ONLY ONE WHO EVER GHOSTWROTE FOR NAS WAS WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, STIC.MAN AND THAT OTHER GUY ARE WACK, NOT ENOUGH TALENTED TO WRITE NAS SONGS (NOT EVEN THEIR OWN) I DON'T KNOW ABOUT ANYBODY ELSE, BUT FOR SURE, WAKA COPENNED SOME OF NAS BIGGEST HITS BACK IN TIME, WAKA IS LYRICAL AND GOOD RHYMER, IDEAL TO BE NAS GHOSTWRITER, I KNOW HE MADE IT AIN'T HARD TO TELL, FOR EXAMPLE WAKA'S FIRST ALBUM WAS TO BE TITLED FLOCKMATIC, BUT LATER HE CHANGED IT TO FLOCKAVELI BECAUSE HE DON'T WANT TO BRING UP CONNECTION WITH NAS SO PEOPLE COULD THINK HE GHOSTWRITES FOR HIM STOP BITCHIN AROUND, NAS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST RAPPERS ALIVE WIT GUCCI MANE, RICK ROSS, REBECCA BLACK, LIL WAYNE'S DAUGHTER, DIDDY, JUSTIN BIEBER, 2 CHAINZ AND SOULJA BOY

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