dead prez Addresses Nas Ghostwriting Controversy, Denies Claims

dead prez also performs "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" and discusses "Dirty White Girl."

Controversy erupted last month when claims were made that Jay Electronica and dead prez ghostwrote portions of Nas' 2008 album Untitled. After previously speaking out on the allegations, dead prez's stic.man and M-1 revisited the claims during an interview with Shade 45's "Sway in the Morning," insisting that they did not ghostwrite for Esco but instead contributed ideas and production.

"Nah. Ghostwriting as far as someone saying ‘Come and write my verse for me?’ That didn’t happen,” said stic.man. “But we did get to work with Nas extensively on the Nigger album, the Untitled album, collaborated, co-writing hooks and doing a lot of production is what I did. That rumor just jumped out of somewhere, but it was bigger than us and it had nothing to do with what we did. We were just thankful for the opportunity.”

M-1 noted how rumors such as these can discredit an artist's integrity, especially if the rumors aren't factual. "It’s funny how something like this can discredit an artist, totally. Even just the rumor of this has this feel. I feel like it’s funny," he said. "Nas is a phenomenal artist. He’s been the cornerstone for definitely a whole generation, and his movement is strong, he’s amazing, he’s as brilliant as he’s ever been. No matter what, whether he collaborated with somebody, Nas is who he is because he is alive and doing what he’s doing. That shouldn’t even be questioned at all. The issue at all is trivial. I feel like in the face of people who are doing real things and making real contributions, let’s look at that.

Watch the interview below, as well as a performance of "It's Bigger Than Hip Hop" and a discussion on "Dirty White Girl."

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26 Comments

  • BRINGI

    who gives a fuck who ghostwrote for who, that aint my business just put out good music and thats it

  • chakkarabani

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  • Thugz Cry Too

    There's nothing wrong with having a ghostwriter or someone help you with song ideas and hooks (which to me is in the same vein as ghostwriting: calling someone in to help you with your lyrics); however, that automatically removes you from the conversation for best current lyricist (especially when it's not clear how much they were helped and how long it's been going on for). And by the way, regardless of what anyone tells you, not every rapper has help with their lyrics. Can you even imagine Royce Da 5'9" calling someone to the studio to pitch ideas to him? Eminem? Kendrick Lamar? GTFOH. I imagine it's a point of pride to those guys to know that they're spitting their own shit, 100%. But if Nas wants to have people brainstorm with him on song ideas, more power to him. I'm still gonna listen to his music, and nobody can take away what he's done or his status all-time (even though it now makes me wonder when it was he started getting help); but I'm not going to consider him one of the best rappers doing it right now anymore. But who cares right? This is just my opinion. If you feel different, more power to you.

  • onthefence

    sticman & chris bosh!

  • Anonymous

    "Didn't believe Nas needed a ghostwriter anyway" He needs a life coach.

  • truth

    man theses my dudes right here i see stic man all the time when he's in atlanta chillin round the shrine of the black madonna good people right there built with them in columbus ga too.

  • jg

    These are 3 incredible artists who respect each other and aint willing to trade in that respect over a media fueled rumor. Life is Good

  • Killem Dafoe

    Didn't believe Nas needed a ghostwriter anyway. dead prez and Jay Electronica are great artists, too. Fuck the mainstream bullshit the industry puts out and the lemmings that follow...

  • LoL

    They have cleared the air so much, it's becoming rediculous.

  • 2da9thpwr

    How come no one mentioned brother ali.

  • Bigger Than Hip Hop

    Dead Prez keeps it real clears the air, gets the rumors of Nas and keeps it moving... Personally i think stic.man way better than nas...

  • The_Observer

    Maybe Lupe should do a song with Dead Prez when is Dead Prez coming out with a new album? When is Sway doing one of those dope compilation and feature real lyricist ?

  • gfsddfg

    stop talking about this!

  • YEBO

    LOL, NOW EVERY NO NAME WACK ASS ARTIST WILL TALK ABOUT NAS AND PARASITING ON HIS NAME AND GHOSTWRITING CONTROVERSY? DEAD PREZ ARE JUST WACK AND AVERAGE RAPPERS, I WONDER WHY NAS GOT STIC.MAN ON UNTITLED ALBUM, ONE POSITIVE THING IS THAT HE BROUGHT OUT HIS BEST BEATS ON THAT PROJECT. NAS IS ONE OF THE BEST RAPPERS ALIVE AND I DON'T SEE THE POINT OF MAKING MUSIC WITH FAGGOTS HE USED TO MAKE. THERE ALE PLENTY OF BETTER RAPPERS AND BETTER PRODUCERS THAN THAT.

    • Thugz Cry Too

      @educateurself Blaiming the "white Europeans" for dead prez's lack of success is foolish, racist, and totally untrue. It's because they never once tried to cater to the commercial market, or go pop (pop stands for "popular", and their ideas are the antithesis of popular). I am a dead prez fan, and definitely consider them to be one of the illest groups to do it (even though their racist ideas are something I don't relate to AT ALL), though I admit I haven't checked for their music in a while. But blaming white Europeans/the Illuminati for their lack of success is ludicrous. Come on now.

    • Beez

      Let's Get Free is a CLASSIC...and I don't throw that term out there lightly. Plus they speak their mind and never caved to the industry!

    • fuckignorance

      U clearly don't know shit bout DP. These guys are probably the only group who really make that all black everything music. And since untitled aka nigger album is exactly that, Dead Prez are the perfect artist to work with. If you're black, do yourself a favor and go check Let's Get Free and their second album Revolutionary But Gangsta

    • educateurself

      Average ?? U aint never listened to anything other that "Its Bigger Than Hip Hop".... How old are you? You whole statement shows how lil you know about what is going on in hip hop, in the studios, and in the world. Dead Prez is the best underground group.PERIOD. the only reason they dont have a top spot is cause white europeans run the world and they speak out on that, hence why nas had stic.man doing production on his ALBUM, cause they are the true spirit of what Nas "pops" up for you. Read a book, you are not gonna cut it as a hip hop critic trolling the boards

  • Tbones

    Slow news day for y'all, uhh.

  • kush administration

    http://youtu.be/6eBTArXW31E

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