CNN Calls Nas Hip Hop's "Finest MC"

The Cable News Network Explains why it thinks Nas is the GOAT.

Many media outlets have thrown their hat into the "who is the greatest emcee?" ring, but now CNN can be added to the list.

In a recent piece, CNN's Eliott C. McLaughlin writes that Nas is the "greatest lyricist of all time," and in fact interview God's Son about that particular distinction.

"It's wayyyyyy, way, way too early in our lives," explained Nas. "It's great to put a list together, but don't take it too seriously because your list won't matter 10 years from now or 15 years from now. It'll be a different list."

In the op-ed, McLaughlin weighing Nas' subject matter ("I've been called everything. Gangsta rap. I've been called conscious rap. You know, everything. Whoever feels like calling it whatever they want to call it, that's on them."), as well as Nas' commercial success (Nas has nine number one albums, behind only Jay-Z, and seven of which have gone platinum).

"Don't blame me; blame our wonderful country, America," explains the Queensbridge emcee. "And you can't even blame America. It's life. Blame life. I talk about life, and I make universal music with an American style -- and that's what I do," he said. "I know one thing: People put too many labels on music."

Read the piece on Nas here.

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315 Comments

  • cyrilstradamus

    nas he is the goat the real goat!

  • Anonymous

    im working to take that title

  • Anonymous

    "And now I smile like a proud dad watchin' his only son that made it..." #Bar

  • bizzalls

    Damn, they're right!! Fuck Jay Z! He ain't the best! Nas is!

  • Anonymous

    to say the least there words are just nice

  • 19

    nas like the rick ross of back in the day exepct todays music is worse large proffesor still underground and make music with essesnce the essesnce is what make it feel like classc hiphop perfect rhymes , crazy rythem and dope beats

  • 19

    COMERCIAL RAP HAS NO ESSENCE learn lyrics nas not the greatest

  • the don

    Tupac Nas DMX Jay Z 50 cent

  • the don

    Im glad to see that CNN know what they talking about. Im 20 and i knoe that Nas deserves that spot. i was just listening to ether too.LOL

  • Anonymous

    Nas= Possible candidate for G.O.A.T. Today's Nas= Overrated as fuck.

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, what does CNN know about hip hop? Next thing you know Mad Magazine will call Kendrick the most gifted rapper of our time.

  • #teamjarule correction

    *And NAS flopped all the time until he made a song with Ja Rule few years ago.

  • #teamjarule

    CNN are probably too high to realise that Nas will never be hip hop's finest mc. Y'all dumb people considering overrated Tupac to be GOAT. That title is ALREADY taken forever by Ja Rule, he wrote all of Tupac lyrics, probably he even created Tupac from clay, one will never know. And flopped all the time until he made a song with Ja Rule few years ago. Wake up people, all we need is JA RULE and MORE JA RULE. Free Ja Rule #teamjarule

    • bizzalls

      "realised." Probably some Canadian faggot. The same lonely, loser faggot who has been trolling about Ja Rule for 5 months now. Dude, what are you honestly getting out of making bullshit up about Ja Rule everyday saying he's the best and shit like that? Why don't you get a muthafuckin life for real, you're a sad piece of shit...

    • Anonymous

      "realise" ^ the Queen's language

    • Anonymous

      dat must be ja rule writing dis lol

    • hjk

      LMFAO one of the best Ja rule troll posts ever "probably he even created Tupac from clay" classic

  • Anonymous

    good music in foul places , soul tape 2 , life is good

  • hector

    _The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

    • Anonymous

      "This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it." ^ what's your point? I like IWW better, and Ghost did his thing on "Fishscale". And it was KGP. Surprising how none of you see the Erib B & Rakim connection with Nas' early career.

    • Jasper

      NA SON you're wrong. Kool G. Rap himself said he discovered Nas. I think you'll find the article on this site.

    • Anonymous

      Wu wear you damn liar. Who is that on youtube speaking on it? Superb's twin brudda? smh The nigga never did no damn 10 years. Yeah he did time years ago. But not a decade. Ghost is that you trying to save face?

    • wu wear

      Lord Superb been in jail for 10 years and GFK done dropped mad dope albums since then. Supreme Clientele's lyrics have no meaning whatsoever - self admittedly by GFK. So perhaps he did have some help writing a bunch of lyrics that make no sense and have no meaning...I mean how could he possibly have crafted such gems as "My raps is like ziti, facing me real tv, crash at high speeds - strawberry kiwi" without the help of a American Cream Team cast off?

    • NA SON

      It was actually Large Professor, and why do they need to go back to their debut albums? People grow up, have bigger responsibilities and times change, why go backwards with the music?

  • hector

    ...The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

  • hector

    !The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

  • hector

    :The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

  • hector

    ..The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

  • hector

    ~The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

  • l u m p

    Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitter and gold I unfold the the scroll, plant seeds to stampede to globe when I'm deceased. By then the beast arise like yeast to conquer peace leaving savages to roam in the streets Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun Trick my Wisdom, with the system that imprisoned my son Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly I'm grungy, but things I do is real it never haunts me 85% OF THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WONT GET IT. THELUMPBEATS

  • l u m p

    Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitter and gold I unfold the the scroll, plant seeds to stampede to globe when I'm deceased. By then the beast arise like yeast to conquer peace leaving savages to roam in the streets Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun Trick my Wisdom, with the system that imprisoned my son Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly I'm grungy, but things I do is real it never haunts me 85% OF THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WONT GET IT. www[DOT]youtube[DOT]com/watch?v=jJfAgtmc78c

  • l u m p

    Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitter and gold I unfold the the scroll, plant seeds to stampede to globe when I'm deceased. By then the beast arise like yeast to conquer peace leaving savages to roam in the streets Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun Trick my Wisdom, with the system that imprisoned my son Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly I'm grungy, but things I do is real it never haunts me 85% OF THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WONT GET IT. www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJfAgtmc78c

  • l u m p

    Through the lights cameras and action, glamour glitter and gold I unfold the the scroll, plant seeds to stampede to globe when I'm deceased. By then the beast arise like yeast to conquer peace leaving savages to roam in the streets Live on the run, police paying me to give in my gun Trick my Wisdom, with the system that imprisoned my son Smoke a gold leaf I hold heat, nonchalantly I'm grungy, but things I do is real it never haunts me 85% OF THE PEOPLE WHO READ THIS WONT GET IT. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJfAgtmc78c

  • REAL MC'S DON'T BRAG

    Debating over lists is pointless, it's all down to personal choice. Lord Finesse, AZ, Big L, KRS-One, Ghostface Killah

  • Anonymous

    what happened 2 l l cool j now he been puttint out hits 4 years what nas has 4 albums l l has 1 a year since he came out

    • DrebinSlevin

      Nas has 11 albums you asshat narcoleptic clown bum. LL hasn't made an album in a while. Hasn't made an album that can be called good in even longer.

  • Anonymous

    "still be up for a grammy and have a record that was number one for a couple weeks" Life is Good wasn't #1 for two weeks. I can't do your homework for you, kid.

  • Anonymous

    "don't know who Papi Mason was" I didn't realize I was talking to a drug lord here. You operate out of Miami, or from the living room in your parents house?

  • Anonymous

    "Is that why he is up for the grammy this year??" Grammy's don't mean a thing anymore. It's a token nomination and even a star struck fan such as yourself knows this.

  • wu wear

    Album for album ain't nobody fucking with Ghostface and Scarface.

  • Anonymous

    It'a all about personal choice. and what type of rap you like, there is no greatest.. follow at noles506

  • ark

    Nas, the greatest of all time. Fuck a teenagers' opinion.

  • D-Dwili

    Gift of Gab is a spectacular rapper. Nobody considered him in their top tens?

  • Anonymous

    1.tupac 2.biggy 3.nas/jay-z 4.eminem 5.andre 3000

  • Anonymous

    nas only! fuck 2pac

  • @tonybakercomedy

    I love how everyone argues over who is the greatest when it's all opinion based. So there's never any right or wrong choice. Nas happens to be my favorite MC based on his catalog so when people pick him as the GOAT I just nod my head in agreement. Yes I think he is better than Jay, Pac & Big. And when your 10th album solo album is one of your best works there's something to be said there. "Life Is Good" was one of the best albums of 2012. Nas = Longevity.

    • WORD!

      Yeah, everyone can have an opinion, but few have an intelligent and factual opinion. That's what is good about the article. I well written article by a JOURNALIST, not bias blogger on payola or dick riding magazines and radio stations. What l find amazing is that Nas went 7 albums platinum with no #1 singles. People like him for his music, not persona or swag. Just him being him making the music he wants. But you can't tell this young dudes nothing.

  • Roman Cooper Is Retarted

    "Hip Hop's Finest MC" Thought he was R&B's finest MC.

  • VEST

    People mostly black people love to hate on nas why is it because he reminds you of how much of a black zombie you are and you ghetto prisoners need to rise above all the madness wake up your still dreaming look way deep inside yourself discover the diamond inside find your wealth cause everything eventually comes to an end so you gotta savor the moment cause time flies dont it.Man if you assholes only knew how far ahead of his time and these so called best mcs he is you would see what very few people see in nas he is the best 5 classics illmatic,it was written,stillmatic,lost tapes,life is good ans every album has a different feel to it 700 souls in me each channeled in from past and present times heaven shines light on those innocent to how the world goes. peace im out

  • Starmani

    Nas is greatness...but i dont know if hes the best all time. Jay-z, Tupac and BIggie would have somethin to say about that. Mostly Jay ya know

  • T

    Dice game by apollo brown and guilty proves hip hops better than the 90s STAND UP

  • YEBO

    FUCK EVERYBODY WHO WROTE OVERRATED TUPAC'S NAME IN THIS DISCUSSION, HE WASN'T EVEN TOP 10 WHEN HE WAS ALIVE, I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT ANYBODY WHO CONSIDERS HIM AS THE BEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME HAS MORE IQ AND COMMON SENSE THAN 50 (NOT ONLY CENT). BACK THAN, EVEN SNOOP DOGG OVERRAPPED HIM ON THEIR SONG. NAS IS MORE ACCURATE CANDIDATE FOR THIS POSITION, MAYBE HE IS NOT THE GREATEST, BUT HE IS IN MY TOP 10 ALONGSIDE WITH LUPE FIASCO, WAKA FLOCKA FLAME, KANYE WEST, GUCCI MANE, LIL WAYNE, DRAKE AND WIZ KHALIFA.

    • Pez

      well given the other rappers he listed it sounds like a fucking joke. 2pac had tons of classic songs, he had substance too unlike these shit rappers today

    • n.N

      @ Pez no this isnt a joke. Pac was quantity over quality. 10.000 Pac songs are about: smoking weed, drinking henessey, my thug in jail, thug in heaven, thug in the club, thug in the shoestore etc.

    • Pez

      this is an obvious joke, right? 2pac died at 25 and still has new shit coming out, Eminem didn't even come out until he was 26. Tupac has to be considered one of the best.

    • JP

      Pac has done more in just the 5 years he was in the game than any other rapper. You can compare catalog, record sales and critical acclaim. Aint nobody trying to make a hologram of you're favorite rapper. Five years from now most of these new school rappers wont even be making music. pac, BIG, Nas and Jay been in this discussion for almost 20 yrs

    • hjk

      Since WHEN are Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West bullshit rappers?

    • Anonymous

      hahaha, is this a joke? You realy got a top 10 list with that bullshit rappers.

  • For Sure

    Nas is the greatest rapper ALIVE. period

  • Anonymous

    Nas said it himself aint no best I could drop my top 20 but its some subjective shit that being said theres certain rappers who would never make that list because they are just that wack or that average im talking the new crop of rappers who everyone is dickriding just because they are young and new faces and spit over trap beats which everyone seems to think are hot ps. alot of people are saying CNN are wrong without even saying who they like best

  • Looga

    ...and the internet hip-hop community just had a collective orgasm! GTFOH son! Nas is dope but not the greatest of anything. 2Pac, Eminem and a whole bunch of others rank miles ahead of Nasir in terms of influence.

  • T

    Rakim's better than Nas and i cant think hes the greatest either

    • Pez

      Nas didn't take it to another level, everyone knows Rakim changed the game, Nas is influenced by Rakim

    • Anonymous

      that why i think he could be better ... hes kinda basic but its like 99% perfection

    • Nah

      Rakim was good, but Nas took it to another level. Rakim can't fuck with Nas. It's like Bill Russell being called the best basketball player and not Michael Jordan. Jordan took it further and added more favor and skill to the game. Rakim's flow is one dimensional, punchlines while Nas has different flows.

  • 66..m

    Fuck CNN. Nas is dope but def. not the greatest. He isnt consistant and a phony. Listen to his fake gangster rhymes. He act if he was some big shot drugdealer.

  • Anonymous

    every one of the top ten mc's have whack songs

  • Diddy

    tupac is the biggest phony in the rap game fuck tupac he aint bout that thug life he a bitch ill piss in his grave while his bitch ass mom gives me brain SUR 13

  • Anonymous

    Nas is the only one who deserves this!! 3 Decades of good LP's no one else can compete!

  • YESSIR

    Real Bloods in LA (Compton) respect Wayne and got his back. No real gangster respected Pac. Thats why they terminated his bitch ass for being a fake ass loud mouth. YMCMB!

  • Nick

    2PAC is and always will be the greatest rapper of all time by far Lyrical Content - 2PAC beats any other rapper, his music was so meaningful, the themes of most of Tupac's songs are the violence and hardship in inner cities, racism, other social problems - PAC WINS Voice - 2PAC had the greatest voice is rap, it was perfect, he can be angry and agressive in Hit Em Up and Changes, then soft in Dear Mama. MTV voted him 09 of the best voices in music ever, michael jackson was 10th - PAC was ahead of every other rapper Lyrical Skill - Yeah pac didnt have the greatest metaphors, it's easy to have skillful lyrics when your rapping about cars, sex, money, sex , cars, PAC told stories and rapped about real important topics, and he didnt try to have skillful lyrics, also the greatest rapper for lyrical skill is eminem. and 2pac beats him on every other catogary Greatest Lyricist - Pac haands down, other than his lyrics having great meaning, PAC made 400 songs in one year, he writ and recorded the songs in The Don Kiluminati in 7 days, people will great metaphors in there lyrics take YEARS TO MAKE THEIR 'CLASSIC' Albums fukin idiot Greatest Person - PAC

    • Anonymous

      hes over rated always liked his agressive material more than then the commercial and im pretty sure most rappers hold there bars back so thery dont surpass pac fuck changes

  • That Nigga In His Basement:

    You SHEEP are being spoonfed lies and evil! Jay-Z has been quoting The Notorious B.I.G. as a method of brainwashing you DRONES to follow his sick demon worshipping cult of elites know as Izcalldhomagenikka! There are such OBVIOUS signs proving this man is nothing but a puppet for the elites! First, notice how he says oeSo I'm inspired by music and I'm a fan and a historian." My old college history professor called himself a historian. That ol smug ass nigga wouldn't shut up about his career. That dude actually gave me a D on my final. D is for Doritos. My research shows Shawn Carter's favorite flavor of Doritos is Flaming Nacho. FLAMING. Don't you mindless sheep see this scientifically proves Jay-Z only plans on consuming your soul with his music so the elites can feed it to the highest demon they worship, Yalljushaytinohnjigga! These are pure facts and research! Seek the truth FOOLS! WAKE UP

  • Taylre

    NO WAY NAS THE GREATEST WE NEED UNIVERSAL RAP

  • Anonymous

    dont even bother making a list the best is coming in ten years

  • Anonymous

    nas not the greatest dont even think iv heard the best yet its a science

  • Kingz

    Nas too real, Nas true king!!!!

  • Anonymous

    ITS FUNNY THIS NIGGA BEEN HATING CNN SINCE FOREVER AND THEY OVER HERE GIVING PRAISE

  • Anonymous

    just like Pac said "Fuck Jay-Z!!!"

    • Anonymous

      Nas stans obsessed with Jay, can't even keep them out of their dirty mouths on an article that praises Nas as the GOAT. Damn, yall inferiority complex is something else.

  • Mook

    they meant physically, quoting him as having the "nicest butt in the game"

  • Cee

    CNN? lol, the fuck does cnn know about hip hop? those old white fucks wouldn't know real shit if it pimp slapped them. IMO Nas faltered after Illmatic which was successful largely due to Large Professor. I personally listen to underground emcees who would never be included on that list but the generally accepted list is 1. Rakim 2. KRS then it's interchangeable between Tupac, Biggie and Nas. Nas is looking a bit older in that pic, the game now primarily belongs to the young emcees who unfortunately suck, Nas is right about 1 thing, hip hop is dead.

    • taylre

      see hip hop backwards large professor should have been huge

    • Anonymous

      LOL. Nas fans are so ridiculous. CNN is an authority on Hip Hop all of sudden because they sucked off Nas. If they would've said he don't belong in a GOAT discussion, they would say that they don't know shit about Hip Hop.

  • gsonii

    Most overrated of all time. I mess with dude but since people have diluted lyricism to the point where only your quotables matter let us call it like it is. His quotables are all simple stuff said eloquently. Life Is A Bitch Then U Die- simple shit said eloquently. Sleep is the Couusin of Death- Simple shit said eloquently. I could go on and on.

    • ^

      You're a fucking idiot. Kill yourself, bitch.

    • gsonii

      Any of you guys that think I am a fool just because I tell you that your savior Nas is not the greatest need to learn some respect for the truth. Also, it is sad that you boys have allowed lyricism to be reduced to who has the best quotables. Sad bunch of retards you guys are. Lately I been really wanting babies so I can see a part of me that wasn't always shady - 2PAC PAC has quotables and New York hated on him and still hate on him as a lyricist. Where are Biggies quotables. Nas is not the most overrated of all time, Biggie is but Nas is extremely overrated if you are saying he is the best. Next, just because you are a good lyricist does not make you the best, there are other elements of a rapper. Nas hardly ever really raps well, he is more of a speaker over beats. Finally, Nas has little impact for all of this supposed greatness. If he is the best example of lyricism being the most important factor then lyricism is not that well respected. If he was really the greatest he would not have to say Hip Hop Is Dead. He would be such a great example that no-one would ever make a song unless it is lyrically superior.

    • Beez

      Nas lyrics have thought and insight behind them. That is the real litmus of a lyricists. Today everything is based on IRONY, and the lines that are considered hot today, are BASIC THINGS WE SAID IN FREESTYLES in the 90's. Pay attention to what I just taught you. These 2 chain-type lyrics ("wordplay" lol)- "I'm so rich, chocolate mousse" kind of sh*t would barely keep you in the cypher!! The Cousin of Death line you mentioned has depth and breadth beyond most lyrics, which is why it's such a well-known lyric, and you likely simply wouldn't understand. Nas is a man, there is going to contradictions and different things he says and does along the way, which only make him better, because it shows he is expressing his thoughts and emotions. When you grow you up you'll understand. I don't care if you're 50 you are a mental midget

    • Doublespeak

      The very word eloquence means powerful and effective language you dumb fuck. When you have a 4min song do you think it's possible to write at a Nietzschean-level of complexity? Even the likes of Franklin, Freud, MLK, Gandhi, Churchill, et al. all had sound bites, which are essentially "quotables" of the oratory. So genius, please give us some lyrics from ANY genre of music which are not "quotable", but simultaneously resonating...?

    • gsonii

      Your skin is the travelling bag of your existence. Nas All shit I like but just simple shit said eloquently.

    • Anonymous

      rap is all about simple shit said eloquently and for the record az bodied godson on that record

    • Daniel

      If you kill a nigga today, they life forever so I planned it out smarter, there'll be no martyr

    • LMFAO

      Dude, first off, life's a bitch then you die was the hook AZ wrote, and second of all, the next quote is from Illmatic as well. Now taking in account that they are from his first album and you can't quote any other shit means a: you're a youngster and have no knowledge of dude's catalog, legacy or QUOTES. You just sod yourself out. Mad bc a dude is acknowledged? The jealous are troublesome to others, but a torment to themselves. ~William Penn

  • JP

    Nas has been in the game for twenty years and his name still always comes up when people argue who is the greatest. Hate him or love him not many rappers can say that. Even other rap greats give Nas his props. Rappers who don't have that kind of longevity in the game aren't even in the same category unless they're dead

  • Anonymous

    wait, he has seven platinum albums?

  • Anonymous

    RICK ROSS TRASH, WAYNE TRASH, DRAKE TRASH, WIZ TRASH, MAC MILLER TRASH, MEEK MILL TRASH, GUCCI TRASH, WAKA FUKA TRASH... NAS may not have more dollars than these wack rappers, but I assure you he would murder everyone of these trash clown rappers. Nas is the greatest lyricist of all time hands down, eminem, jay z, rakim, biggie, big L, pac are all dope to dont get me wrong, but Nas LYRICS are totally out of this world the thought that goes into it is in-depth and gets zoning.

    • Anonymous

      I agree they are all trash ... i supported Nas this year and bought a copy.... thing is he is probably one of the best around still but back a few years ago him and Jigga and all the MCs that think they are the best really werent shit in their hay day...

  • Anonymous

    NAS IS THE GREATEST

  • Anonymous

    LMAO at eveyone hating on Nas. He must of macked yo MRS HA HA

  • Anonymous

    when it all set and done kendrick lamer gon be the BEST

  • Anonymous

    illmatic = classic. iww = super dope. i am = had some of the best and worst nas songs at the same time. nastradamus = trash would be an understatement. stillmatic = good, but crazy overrated. god's son = half dope, half trash. street's disciple = worst double album in history, forgettable as fuck and poorly executed. hip hop is dead = defines boring mediocrity. untitled = fell off right after the intro, started to gain again fire with america and blended into trash right after it. distant relatives = worst outclassing of a rapper by a foreign artist of all time. life is good = pop trash

    • Anonymous

      Pop Trash? dude, except for Summer on smash, that album was raw. Loco-motive>>>>than any of the hardest shit you every co-signed. Shit, the intro harder than your life son!

  • Eye Control

    Dude is officially up there for most overrated of all time, NOTHING about what's he's doing is special in any kind of way, whether artistically nor rapwise. GTFOH with this dude even being in the consideration for the GOAT title for a 9 track album where the best producers of that time played a bigger part than him, nobody with so much inconsistency will never be the greatest of anything. If you think he rhymes good, I can only tell listen to some underground rappers.

  • Ricky Rozay

    most of these rappers aint real niggas. Word, Nas bankrupt never was a drug runner, Lil Wayne aint no blood, Jeezy aint no BMF, 50 a snitch, Game a stripper, 2pac a ballerina. None of these niggas real you guys. If they was all real they all be dead now. Like it or not Ross is the new biggie. BAWSE!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    The thing is nas still sounds the same as he ever did and has no diversity of styles. jayz rips it in a variety of styles to any beat and adds different twists to his rhymes. nas is trash and has never stepped up his game to be able to hang with anybody let alone jayz. Hence the reason he hasnt had a hit since 2006. nas will NEVER be on the charts again

    • Anonymous

      wat are you talking about nas is one of the most versatile emcees ever he created his own complex ass flow its kinda hard to explain but the cadence is unique jay-z dumbing down doesnt make him versatile 2nd of all nas has explored various subject matters the life is good album talked abut his estranged ex wife and his daughter rather than shady dealings with columbian kingpins. Distant relatives was an afro-centric piece of genius. Stillmatic had rewind and was almost par with illmatic. Nastradamus and I am well they had a few poor tracks but even then they were better than what's out nowadays they also had alot of bangers like Nas is like, Family to name a few...

  • 121

    Ok let's face it, nas back in the day had a few good songs, but come on dude just admit that your new shit ain't saying shit. I still believe slim shady is a better rapper, performer and business man than nas.

    • Anonymous

      Both of you are fucking idiots.

    • Anonymous

      It's funny with these Nas stans, they will slam other rappers for their content (or lack there of), only to turn around and praise something like IWW with tracks like Take It In Blood where he drops some rhymes over a hot beat rambling about absolutely nothing.

  • HOVA

    Jay-Z = uncontrollable hustler's ambition, networth of 450 million, 14 Grammys, 11 number 1 albums, beautiful wife and family, countless historical verses and performances, huge influence. Nas = horrible flow, uneven discography, several failed sellout-attempts, wifed two whores, broke, pays child support for a daughter whose embarrassing him on twitter, works with Young Money after accusing them of destroying Hip Hop, stops working with his weedcarriers because he's in fear of getting destroyed on a track, goes from the africa-loving social empowerer to the violent, drug-dealing, crime-glorifying don, signed to his arch enemy to be left 4 commerical dead.

  • Kizman

    Paid in full > illmatic

    • Anonymous

      man, hhdx has comments from the 90's popping up? Still heated that Nas was named the new Rakim back then? Even though he went his own lane? And Rakim acknowledges him? And Nas acknowledged him greatly? Yeah, your name says it well. Kiz man.

  • Joe

    I got a question.. Who gives a flying fuck about who CNN says is the best lyricist/mc/rapper/hip hop artist whatever the fuck?... Honestly? who the fuck is CNN to even make that call? isn't that some bullshit that a urban magazine would print or something?... Making a big deal out of nothing.. if anything I'd say Nas is the best story teller in rap.. no doubt, but from just lyrical/rhyming/rapping skill alone nobody fucks with Eminem.. his subject matter could be dumb as shit but his rhymes and flow are fucking incredible, never heard anyone else that can flow so easy.. If we're talking wit/punchlines/methaphors then I'd give it to Joe Budden.. I hate the majority of his songs but that muthafucker is witty with the rhymes, he's definitely different.

    • Anonymous

      I can tell you never really listened to Budden. He can definitely fuck with Nas when it comes to storytelling.

    • Anonymous

      Joe Budden was all over the websites stating how Life is Good was the album he was bumping when it came out...

    • Visualiza

      Joe Budden over Nas? Wtf are you on? Even Budden wouldn't co-sign this. Has Budden dropped any classics? Illmatic? Platinum records? I gave you power> anything Joe has done.

  • Fuck Queensbridge

    Nas ain't shit anymore and you pussy ass niggas just won't admit it. This ain't 2001; dude fell the fuck off. Y'all bitch niggas keep talking about that Ether shit but at the end of the day ask yourself: who's the most famous? Nas or Jay? Who sold the most records? Who got the most Grammy's? Who's Beyonce's husband??? Cause I'm pretty sure it ain't Nas.

  • kennyken

    nas isn't the illest anymore. he has great lyrics, but those albums are subpar....admit it people....

  • Ricky Rozay

    Niggas on here be stupid sayin Em the goat. Em ass sold out to pop music after Eminem show. He aint have nothing hot. Only thing that nigga done is pop music. He was doin shit with Pink and Rihanna proves that Em went pop. The white boy had 2 good albums and then went straight garbage. Recovery was pop and Relapse was straight ass, stop hoppin on his dick cuz he white. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    nas is the illest emcee in the 90s but he aiite now

  • Anonymous

    "sooner or later we'll all see who the prophet is"

  • Really

    Really...you cant compare MC's accross eras... 80s 1)Rakim 2)BDK 3)Kool G. 4)KRS 5)Slick Rick/Chuck D 90s 1)Biggie 2)Nas 3)JZ 4)GFK 5)Big Pun/ Eminem /Scarface 2000s 1)JZ 2)Nas 3)???? 4)???? 5)????

  • Real Talk

    When it comes to lyrics, Eminem is hands down the best ever!. 1-Eminem 2-B.I.G 3-Nas 4-KRS-One 5-Big L

  • Anonymous

    (and it ain't nas. It's lil B. Lil B deserves to be at the top of the list)

  • Anonymous

    There is only one BASED GOD

  • Anonymous

    fuck outta her !! dude is nice but he does not come to my mind when i think about who's the finest mc

  • Blaqprint

    Killah Priest all the way

  • Anonymous

    Randy Savage WTF are you talking about

  • randy savage

    The big industry secret is that Kool G. Rap discovered Nas,not MC serch. Why? Because G. Rap was writing for him. This is why you'll never hear nas in his "nasty" illmatic form again.Just like how ghostface will never spit how he did on supreme clientele. Superb wrote all that. And ghost doesn't deny it.

    • wu wear

      Agreed, GFK is my favorite MC, so for him to have a 'ghostwriter' on his only album with lyrics that literally have no meaning is fine by me.

    • Anonymous

      Hey "dogshit" your name suits you. You proved his point dumbass. All those post illmatic albums aren't classics. G Rap is the "nasty" nas. Like Hellrazah said: "Your favorite rapper got a ghost. LOL at you dickriders. DJ Premier also said that "group home" were dope emcees. LOL!!

    • Anonymous

      lol cosign i had to look apollo kids and malcolm x up on rap genius to decipher the code ghostface was talking in, hes still one of the greatest emcees though

    • wu wear

      Supreme Clientele's lyrics predominantly make no sense whatsoever

    • Dog Shit

      Okay, let just say he was writing for him when he was signed. So what about It Was Written, Stillmatic, Life is Good. Where was Kool G Rap then? And how come DJ Premier said Nas wrote and rapped NY state of mind in one take. Why don't shut the fuck up with all that bullshit.

  • Enough already

    Some people analyze shit to the point of microscopic exhaustion.. You can go around in circles forever.. Just like who you like..

  • Anonymous

    It's not the hip hop community's job to keep Nas relevant. It's 2013, and Nas simply can't compete with the likes of Wayne, Drake, Ross, NM, etc. It's a cycle, and unfortunately most of the older rappers are on their way out.

    • -

      thats bullshit Life is good was doper than the Carter 4, God forgives and i don't and whatever album drake has made lately (i don't listen to drake so i really don't know or care to)... Wayne is an older rapper he's been around since the 90s..

    • sam snead

      Most of those artists get a large amount of sales due to ho's and followers that won't listen to you as soon as u are not on the radio. How is Nelly's career or Jah Rules career now that they are not on the radio. I have messed with some Ross and I messed with some Wayne before Carter 3 but most of these artists do not have longevity to be in the biz 20 years and still be up for a grammy and have a record that was number one for a couple weeks

    • sam snead

      Is that why he is up for the grammy this year??

  • Anonymous

    "he lived on a block with ruthless Dons like papi mason" So lol

  • JRich

    Silkk the Shocker an Lil Zane are the best to ever do it

  • all due respect

    We live in an era that a rappers' bank account or the hip hop forbes list determines a rappers greatness...it is terrific.to see a creative lyricist such as Nas receive praise from CNN because the hip hop community loves to hate on this man for being human. What God has created...NO man could ever destroy. Continued SUCCESS Nas and remain humble...GOD is on your side!

  • Anonymous

    Were are all the Nas stans that were acting as proud mainstream rebels before? Now yall sucking off CNN?

  • Anonymous

    Nas has five number one albums... It Was Written I Am... Hip Hop Is Dead Untitled Life Is Good

  • Anonymous

    All of sudden a mainstream media outlet like CNN turns into a credible, relevant, knowledgeable source on Hip Hop for praising Nas. If they would've said something bad about him, yall would say: "CNN doesn't know shit about Hip Hop". The fuckery Nas stans display on a daily basis is unbelievable.

    • Hate

      The problem is that there is too much hate in hip hop and bias opinions that lack facts. Hip Hop blogs and magazines and non of them make valid points about hip hop because it's either they're getting paid and lack of true journalism. How can a hip hop site ran by someone who grew up just listen to eastcoast rap or just Jay Z argue when presented a well written article by CNN of all media outlets.

    • Anonymous

      Fact is they didn't. Whatsup with all the if, ands and buts. And no ifs, ands and buts. The fact that articles like this continue to come out and point Nas as the greatest lyricist is enough to point out the fact Nas' is one of the best if not the best. But you trolls always hate. Its all good tho

  • ...

    It wasn't the cable network, you dumbass.

  • Sam Snead

    Its always been for me an argument between Pac&Nas, but Nas has had to do it way longer and grow unlike Pac though its not Pac's fault. Nas has also always been a lyrical giant. 1) Nas-lyrics,story telling,longevity,conscious, cons-sometimes thinks he can save the world, doesn't always pick best beats,sometimes not enough bangers on album 2) Pac-voice,bangers,real life shit, cons- weak vocab, didn't have to do it that long 3) Jay-z lyrics,flow,bangers,longevity. cons-self pretentious, over hyped, 4) Biggie-lyrics,story,bangers cons-not long at all in the game, says a decent amount of stupid shit 5) Eminem-lyrics,storys,broad appeal. cons-not enough real shit,has became pop on purpose when before he came out of left field and made his own lane,stupid hooks

  • yes

    CNN (WORLDWIDE News) is given Nas the RESPECT & HONOR the bias hip hop community has been denying Nas for years. The bias hip hop blogs, magazines & fans can NEVER deny Nas GREATNESS because the world already knows that Naisr is the GOAT!

    • ^^^Idiot

      Big Dummy, that why they wrote the article? That's the best explaination you dumb ass could come up with? That CNN needs to look cool? You know the always has articles about rappers? Think! It's not illegal yet.

    • Anonymous

      Ask anyone from the MTV crowd TODAY and they'd all say Eminem or Jay. People mistake Nas's longevity for greatness, and that's fine. He had alot of success before, and clearly his music spoke too enough people who still cite his work, but to me CNN is only trying to look cool. See, we like rap too. Much like how ESPN is now integrating hip hop into its sporting topics with guest rappers and music sound bites before commercials.

    • TRUTH!

      You nailed it. You can hate or love Nas, but what you said is the honest truth. People be hating too much on the obvious. And it's sad that CNN has to do it for the hip hop community.

  • rbgwarrior

    with all due respect, i just don't get how cats can have g.o.a.t list and have predominatly '96 and up mcs on there, as if hip hop started then....i, personally don't have Melle Mel, Grandmaster caz, or kool moe dee in my top 5, but they have to be acknowledge and respected. its as if you make g.o.a.t list in the nba and dont mention russell, chamberlain, robertson, etc...its pure lunacy and shows your lack of knowledge on the subject without further ado, my shit is as follows: 1. krs one 2. rakim 3. big daddy kane 4. wise intelligent 5. nas btw, you dont base goat list off sales!!! that dont mean shit...unless youre willing to add mixalot hammer vanilla ice to your shit.....uhuru

  • Anonymous

    Eminem & Nas are the GOAT..2pac for his passion and influence is on the list too. Jay Z is top 5 for his flow and longevity but well below the aforementioned artists! Biggie shouldnt be on any list at all! He died young and only made 2 albums, the fact he died the way he did shouldnt mean we put him on a pedestal! (if that was the case then Big Pun is arguably top 5)....Anyways, lists are bullshit lets just enjoy the beauty of the music these artists have given us and continue to provide us with!

  • Anonymous

    yeah well what do you expect Capone and Nore are from the same projects as Escobar

  • Anonymous

    "Dude spit rhymes and make songs based off experiences" Lol You mean about supposedly being a mafia don, and being rich beyond belief? I'd say Jay walked the walk and talked the talk more than your pal Esco.

    • Anonymous

      I guess Jay Z walk the walk by having idiots still believing he owns the Nets when duke only owns 1/15 of 1 percent of the Nets. But the way Jay-Z rhymes you swear he owns majority of the Nets. And Jayz has always been a dude who over exaggarate shit. Dude got everything and he still be lying in his raps.

    • Anonymous

      Im sure Nas experienced some sort of mafia Don type shit around the time It was Written drop.(putting Drugs on his block) I don't expect you nerd niggas to understand that Nas grew up in one of the most ruthless Projects (QueensBridge). Infact the biggest projects in the world. You listen to Nas from Illmatic to It was written dude was ruthless himself. In his early music he explains how he puts work on the block, and later on in his music he explains that he isn't doing that type of shit no more. But you would have to listen to Nas to understand that shit. Dude was about that life.

    • Anonymous

      he lived on a block with ruthless Dons like papi mason

  • Anonymous

    "People need rappers to teach them life lessons? Really?" Of course not, but if you recall it was Nas who went all deep and sleepy on most of his albums. Maybe he wanted people to know he had a deep vocabulary, or maybe he was preparing to be on Jeopardy. We'll never know.

  • Anonymous

    "After Jay re-sold that album. When it first came out it was gold like Illmatic. Nas just now dropped illmatic again after 20 years" To date, RD's sold over 2 million. Plus it charted 2 singles. Nas had 5 singles off Illmatic, none of which charted well. I'm surprised it went platinum.

  • Top 5

    Em is the best Lyricist ever and 2pac is the Greatest HipHop Artist ever, Nas is the number 5 HipHop Artist ever.

  • anon

    here's my top five: 1. Fuck your list 2. fuck your list 3. fuck your list 4. fuck your list oh yeah and 5. fuck your god damn list

  • slick

    cnn the news channel? i'd respect it more if capone n nore said it

  • Anonymous

    Nas is nice with it no doubt & putin work with classic albums records. To each his own but Eminem is da best to me. Just cuz he got da lyrics & da album sales (I know he's white but other white rappers havent sold anywhere near Em's sales). Nas is in my top 5 but there's a couple rappers who I think are better..It's hard to judge but Nas is really nice & no doubt 1 of da best dats ever did it

  • Jay

    NAS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE ALL TIME GREATS... THAT'S FOR SURE...... HOWEVER....... WHEN DID CNN BECOME THE AUTHORITY IN HIP HOP MUSIC AND/OR CULTURE????? THIS IS A JOKE RIGHT??? IT'S LIKE WORLDSTARHIPHOP.COM GIVING AN EDITORIAL ON THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR CONFLICT OR SOME SH*T.... LOL

  • Anonymous

    All this Nas' talk after the football game ima go threw his whole catalog today. Well except Nastradomus and Street Disicple. I wish i had those albums on my phone too. Those albums were aight.

  • Anonymous

    "Is it "Oochie Wally Wally" or is it "One Mic"? Is it "Black Girl Lost" or shorty owe you for ice?" Case closed.

  • Anonymous

    GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that. I do music to help change the lives of others so what you'll get from my music is all POSITIVITY! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH8K577h8N4

  • Shane

    Good for Nas, I loved his new album (except that swizz shit). Just heard "it was written" yesterday, i don't get the hate loved that too.

    • Anonymous

      It was written was better then illmatic to many. Just some people thought he would put together another illmatic album. But none of Nas' Albums are the same. Even Stillmatic was totally different then illmatic.

  • Anonymous

    "u mad nas' debut was more groundbreaking than jays" Reasonable Doubt sold more.

    • Anonymous

      After Jay re-sold that album. When it first came out it was gold like Illmatic. Nas just now dropped illmatic again after 20 years.

  • mahid

    that's CNN, fine however for me it is eminem

  • Ja

    CNN should have mentioned Ja Rule as the G.O.A.T. of rap and even the music industry as well.

  • Dame Dash

    Fuck Jay Z and his fanbase.

  • Anonymous

    Say Nastradamus was wack but still better than your favorite rappers worst album: Encore BP2 500 Degrees 14 Shots To the Dome Strcitly for My Niggas Seventh Seal Wanr and PEace Vol 2 Made 808 and Heartbreak Lasers

    • wu wear

      Made was not Face's(brad)worst album. Ghostface and Scarface don't make ass albums TRUEST SHIT EVER WRITTEN ON HHDX

    • BP

      wtf Relapse shits on Encore that stuff was straight doo-doo. Nastradamus > Kingdom Come tho

    • Anonymous

      Encore was better then Relaspe and Blue print 2 was better then Kingdom Come. Shit Blue Print 3 was better then kingdom come.

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah Nastradamus was better the Relapse and Kingdom Come. Relapse and Kingdom come were bigger disappointments then Nastradamus was.

    • Anonymous

      Nastradamus was NOT better than Relapse and Kingdom Come.

    • Anonymous

      Real shit, Nastradomous was Wack only cause it was a disappointment. SHe was better then all those bull shit as albums. Don't forget to put Relaspe and Kingdom come on there.

    • Anonymous

      Made was not Face's(brad)worst album. Ghostface and Scarface don't make ass albums

  • Anonymous

    Jay is nice but looses big time on content.

    • Anonymous

      Hay last Anonymous, nerd nigga pull out the facts and i will believe. One Love shits all over Can I Live. Can I Live would't make the directors cut on Illmatic. Stop sucking Jay-Z dick family. To Compare Rick Ross to Nas. Wow you really sucking cock. Nas real name, Stage name get it right. How did Shawn Carter name himself Jay-Z. Oh he named himself after Jaz-O. I guess Kendrick Lamar should write about his own life then, cause he told stories about other peoples lifes.(Sing for me, Keisha song) I guess Pac was wrong to make Brenda got a baby. Nas came into the game with Tragedy Khadafi Style. Wow you sucking mad dick hating. Well at least we all know Jay-Z came in the game with Nas' style and Nas' is younger. This aint Jay-Z versus Nas tho. Just stop hating on Nas making lies up. Can i live please nigga.

    • Anonymous

      You're the idiot here. Nasir likes to talk about shit he has never experienced on his own, I guess you also like Rick Ross? What's there to like about this fake ass nigga talking about other people's lives? Say what you want about Jay, at least he's talking about his own life and not some made up mafioso bullshit. Jay created the introspective hustler Nas wanted to be all his life. Can I Live contains more substance than Illmatic as a whole. And Nas came into the game using Tragedy Khadafi's style.

    • Anonymous

      These idiots really believes Nas tries to teach lessons. Thats like the biggest myth ever. None of Nas' albums(besides maybe Untitled) thought idiots like you lessons. Dude spit rhymes and make songs based off experiences. He aint teaching no lesson that how i know niggas don't pay attention to his music. Dude paint vivid pictures and his music is sort of like watching a short film. Jay-Z came into the game using Nas style.

    • Anonymous

      True. People need rappers to teach them life lessons? Really?

    • Anonymous

      Jay realized that it was about entertainment, not giving people history lessons. Nas may have had deeper content, but it was boring content, hence his album sales dropping while Jay remains platinum every time out.

    • Anonymous

      *insight my bad.

    • Anonymous

      See, this is where people exaggerate, Nas content ain't even THAT different. In fact, Jay was the one who filled alleged soulless themes with inside and emotion.

  • Anonymous

    This has to drive Lil Wayne fans nuts

  • Anonymous

    the related article caused this

  • QB

    Nas is the GOAT! Every album of his is a classic! Nastradamus > Reasonable Doubt, OB4CL, 36 Chambers, ITANOMTHUB, The Chronic, Doggystyle, The Infamous, Liquid Swords, Slim Shady LP, Ready to Die, All Eyez on Me

  • yeaaahh

    Nas is great but no one, and I mean no one is better than Eminem!! Flow, storytelling, lyrics, passion, rhyme schemes, and most the most important thing which is making good songs. You can call me a Stan but I don't give a fuck. Eminem = GOAT

    • Anonymous

      Lets be real Eminem sucked after the Eminem Show. Everything after that were trash or nothing special. Even the Recovery was mediocore.

    • yeaaahh

      You must not have read where I said I don't give a fuck if you call me one. You can't win with you idiots. If you're a fan, you get called a dick rider; if you don't like something, you get called a hater. Shut the fuck up!

    • Nooooo

      You a Eminem stan, get off Em's dick.

  • Anonymous

    Who gives a fuck what CNN thinks? Nas will never be better than Kool G Rap, Rakim, Raekwon, Ghostface,KRS One, or Erick Sermon. This nigga was a huge sellout with that It Was Written and I Am and Nastradamus. Him and Jay-Z will never be GOAT material. Two overrated fuck niggas who make sellout music. Oh Life is Good wasn't sellout? Then what do you call Summer on Smash and him making songs with Wayne and Nicki Minaj

    • Anonymous

      Lost tapes was definitely a classic. Lost tapes might have been better then Stillmatic. God Son was close to a classic and Distant Relatives could also be considered an classic. Depending on if you like that tribal real shit. But Lost tapes was a masterpiece.

    • digga

      and what is sellout music? this is rap in general now. all of it sounds the same and everybody do songs with everybody now. in fact nas and kendrick had the most originality this year (along with joey bada$$)

    • digga

      and i forgot the lost tapes

    • Anonymous

      @OG, totally disagree with rakim being better than nas. nas has surpassed him in all fronts. lyricism, delivery, concepts and selling plat. rakim is a legend but come on, rakim hasn't made a good album without eric b. and u know it. nas has made at 4 classics (illmatic, stillmatic, it was written, and life is good. life is good is gonna be in that category. nobody in hip hop can make a record like this. shit was so revealing and honest) and still influences these rap cats today (along with jay z of course). and i agree with the statement about it was written being better than illmatic cuz i tend to listen to it was written more than ill. his rhyme patterns were so verstaile on that cd. he stepped his lyrical game up. why some people didn't like it at first was the ablum had an actual concept and was consistently all the way through. lyricism was on point. i gave you power is one of the best songs he ever made

    • His catalog is untouchable lets be real

      It was written was better then Illmatic from the opinions of most people i know. Illmatic just gets the media credit(and well deserved cause it change the game)But It was written made alot of rappers change into that Mafioso style but in the 90s. I Am was solid and consistent thru out and Nastradamus had some bangers with commercial failures.(Life we chose, project window, last word, Family, god love us hood niggas were bangers) Only person Anony. named who catalogue is fucking with Nas' is Ghostface. But lets be real, Ghostface aint lyrically as nice as Nas.

    • OG

      Raekwon made songs with Rick Ross, and Eric Sermon is no where near as good as NaS. Although I agree that NaS, is no where near as good as Rakim.

    • rocco

      yeah n thts y ur anonymous u clown, nas s up there with the best of them, next thing u r gonnatell me 50 cent is better smh

  • Robbin Tanks 4 Ammo

    I agree 100

  • LOL

    I just came here to see the JAY Z stans be mad.lol

  • RealHiphop360

    Nas humble G.O.A.T as ever! Jay-z and em stans fall back!

  • Fuck Nas

    Nas stans are worse than Eminem's. Sellout ass nigga.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, they couldn't appreciate: "Rappers I monkey flip 'em". LMAO. All of Nas' later projects shit on Illmatic lyrically, which is a whole lot of lyrical, miracle bullshit about nothing.

    • Anonymous

      most people dont know how good nas is played illmatic back in highschool and ny sate of mind got dissed they couldnt hear his lyrics

    • ETK

      but what's even worse than both are obnoxious hipsters calling out entire fanbases

  • Fuck Queensbridge

    Doesn't matter. Jay > Nas still.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, have a look at all these desperate Nas stans jacking off to to this. I thought the opinions of mainstream outlets on Hip Hop didn't count? Yall some ridiculous hypocrites. A few months ago yall were saying Grammy's ain't worth a damn, but since Nas has been nomitated yall bragging about it? Quick to dismiss something when it descredits Nas, but favor it when supports him. How's it like adjusting standards weekly for yall idol?

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z stans mad now. Lol

    • Anonymous

      "Hip Hop has to thank God for Jay-Z" - Nas. But enjoy this rare W, it's been a long drought since the release of LIG.

  • WELL WRITTEN...

    It's sad to me that it to CNN of all media outlets to state the facts as they are than any hip hop site could ever had. Most of these site have RECORD COMPANIES PAYING THEM TO SUPPORT THEIR ARTISTS E.I. RAP UP, RAP RADAR to name a few. All these hipster site like Complex have a decent list to save their live because there is too much politics involved. But the article was well written that it's hard to make "REAL ARGUMENT AND VALID POINTS AGAINST and not just hating. These so called hip hop journalist might hate on an artist because he refused an interview or doesn't pay them.

  • AKAKAK

    this is true. nas says the most complicated shit and its always easy to hear and understand too.

  • ESCORBAR SEASON

    No question Nas the greatest!!!....erbody talking about the Don!!!...even cnn!...SALUTE

  • Anonymous

    http://www.datpiff.com/pop-mixtape-player.php?id=m7d02ebe

  • Hip Hop please

    " Nas, finest MC " This could be true, cause he's one of the best Just don't tell the HHDX-trolls, they may think otherwise

  • chin lee

    When its comes to creativity (Book of rhymes, Gave You Power, Rewind)subject matter, content, lyricism and staying real and true to the culture..Nas wins hands down. Other rappers just cant match his catalog.

  • Anonymous

    its not easy to rap about the things nas raps about and not sound corny...dude is a beast

  • themnewguy

    couldn't agree more. ain't no rapper on the planet today as sick as nas

    • Anonymous

      @QB The Cool is a classic too and arguably Lupe's best album.

    • wu wear

      5 am recycling pick up > Lasers

    • BP

      @QB weak yourself nigga.. F&L2 is right up there behind LIG, putting F&L2 and Lasers in the same range is laughable and just proves you ain't ever thought much of him to begin with, to which I pity you but its iight Nas is better but in terms of lyricists/subect matter, they can both be used in the same sentence

    • Realhiphop360

      I agree his subject matter, flow, diversity and consistency surpasses any of these dude out here!

    • QB

      @anon Lupe dropped two back to back weak ass albums.. yeah Nas has his share of flop lps, but Lupe has MAYBE one classic album.. F&L. Lupe hasn't done enough in his career yet to be compared to Nas.

    • Anonymous

      I guess you never heard of Lupe Fiasco. "Form Follows Function" >>>>>>>>>>>>> Nas' entire smart dumb catalouge.

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