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XXL Mag. Article: Why Does the Internet Hate Nas...??
 

 


Why Does the Internet Hate Nas?

There was a time where Nasir Jones was heralded as one of the game’s lyrical prophets, but somewhere along the lines fans’ allegiance shifted


I love the Internet. I hate the Internet. I can’t imagine life without it. I wish it didn’t exist. I know more because of the Internet. I know less because of the Internet. More. More. More. More. At times, it’s too much more for my mind absorb. (Word to Mos Def.) More than anything, it’s here to stay.

The Internet is powerful. It can mobilize the people. It can help elect Presidents. It can sway public opinion. Even in hip-hop music. And I say that because I can’t remember another MC’s legacy being affected more by the Internet than the rapper Nas. When the Internet became the dominant taste-making force in hip-hop—let’s say 2005—Nas was a transcendent icon. Nowadays, mostly because of the Internet, he’s a punch line—the terms “Nas Lost” and “Smarten Up Nas” have entered the hip-hop lexicon through their nauseous, juvenile overuse on rap blogs. Honestly, I really don’t get it.

I need help understanding what he lost and why he needs to smarten up. Let’s take a look at his career. His first album is probably the best rap album ever. In all, he’s released nine studio albums. Two went multi-platinum, five just went platinum and the other two went gold. It’s not Eminem numbers but it’s not too shabby. Okay, so it’s not because he doesn’t sell records. Got’cha.

Artistically, he’s made some missteps. Sure, Nastradamus was pretty wince-worthy but I can’t dismiss an album that features this verse:

Black hoods, cops and projects
Sewers flooded with foul blockage
The gutter’s wild and every child watches
Chains in top locks get ripped off hinges
Doors kicked off, drunks stagger off Smirnoff, wipe your beard off
Crippled dope fiends in wheelchairs stare
Vision blurry, cause buried deep in their mind are hidden stories
Bet he’s a mirror image of that 70′s era
He’s finished for the rest of his life, till he fades out
The liquor store workers miss him but then it plays out
So many ways out the hood but no signs say out
Mental slave house where gats go off, I show off
n*ggas up north, prisonology talk, till they time cut off
You should chill if you short, prepare deep thought
To hit the street again, get it on, get this paper and breath again
Plan to leave something behind
So your name’ll live on, no matter what the game lives on


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That was from “Project Windows.” It’s an incredible record on a wack album. Want something more recent? 2008’s “Queens Get the Money” was better than most rapper’s careers. In fact, this one line (“I’m Huey P in Louis V at the eulogy throwing Molotovs for Emmett”) was better than most rapper’s careers. Okay, so it’s not because he makes s**tty music. Got’cha.

What am I leaving out? Right, that battle. He said some nasty things about the most universally beloved rapper of all time. I think that a lot of fans turned on him afterwards. In the late 1990’s, I think there were millions of fans that loved both Jay-Z and Nas. Post-“Ether,” they all took sides. And you just have to look at their respective SoundScan numbers to see who has more fans.

Oliver Stone’s Nixon is one of my favorite movies. And when I think about Jay-Z and Nas, that films comes to mind. Despite being elected to two terms, the 37th President of the United States was the most despised politician of the late 20th century. (Okay, maybe Joe McCarthy.) In the film, a dejected Nixon looks at a portrait of his political archrival, the 35th President, John F. Kennedy and mutters, “When [the people] look at you, they see what they want to be. When they look at me, they see what they are.”

I think that is one of the reasons for the revisionist history going on regarding the Jay-Z-Nas battle. [“Takeover” and “Ether” were both incredible records. One guy, however, went on the radio and apologized and then a year later rapped in a song, “For even in defeat there’s a valuable lesson learned so it evens up for me.”] Fans look at Jay-Z and it’s what they want to be. Who wouldn’t want to be a gazillionaire married to Beyonce that still makes huge pop records and is always the coolest guy in the room? Fans look at Nas and they see a guy who has problems with two baby mothers, a guy who gets drunk on the night his son is born, a guy who perhaps doesn’t work as hard as he should. I know someone like that. So do each and every one of you.

Please share your opinion in the comments. Do you agree with me? If so, when did this shift happen? Does Nas get a bad rap?

Hey, it’s been a lot of fun blogging this past week. I’ll see you guys soon. —Thomas Golianopoulos


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 7 years ago '10        #2
Blue GM 247 heat pts247
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didn't read....

slow day in the interwebs huh?
 7 years ago '09        #3
BrooklynStiles 82 heat pts82
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nas lost



its not hate, its just fun to make fun of that n*gga
 7 years ago '09        #4
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nas lost is just a joke most people still respect Nas for real that is why he wins most of the polls on boxden
 7 years ago '09        #5
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Nas Lost is a joke, nothing serious


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 7 years ago '06        #6
Blah 17 heat pts17
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nas lost

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 7 years ago '10        #7
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 thegoldenhero said:
nas lost is just a joke most people still respect Nas for real that is why he wins most of the polls on boxden
Pretty much.
 7 years ago '04        #8
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The Internet doesnt hate Nas.... Haters hate Nas... But thats what haters do...
Nas----Living G.O.A.T...

Everyone that comes in the post and say Nas Lost is stupid and their favorite rapper is b. pumper...
 11-23-2010, 07:08 PM         #9
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XXL lost and the TS lost too
 7 years ago '09        #10
Lupe Hunter 77 heat pts77
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 7 years ago '05        #11
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...Seen Nas Lost & Smarten Up Nas and Started Laughing Like XXL Be Watching Boxden Too Much
 7 years ago '05        #12
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good thread... then take off the "th" and its a good read...

anyway tho..

i'll admit.. i picked jay-z side when it happened.. me and my friends at the time couldnt even fathom how anyone thought NAS could have won...

but lookin back... NAS WON... ether was ether...

but when you jay-z and u KNOW what u doin to appeal, when u dont show emotion, when u methodically think things out.. u win..

when u NAS.. and u doin s**t based on personal belief, passion, and emotion (sucker for love)... u lose....

especially online when n*gga on message boards with no face can say anything they want... im sure u n*ggas dont act like this on facebook..


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 7 years ago '05        #13
JaiMega 
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Had a spark when you started now you just gawbage.
 7 years ago '08        #14
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Nasir keeps winning, now he has articles on magazines about what the lames do with him online


You Lost Haters, where is your article about Nas wasting his time on you????

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 7 years ago '05        #15
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 7 years ago '05        #16
Corleone 
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that comparison with Jay as Kennedy and Nas as Nixon was on point in my eyes
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JaiMega 
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Nas just needs to stop messing with black girls from now on, he just doesn't know how to pick em right like Jay did.
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 11-23-2010, 07:51 PM         #19
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on the net emo nerds only like em, joey, j coles and anything thats not mainstream
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I mean take a look at what most boxden fans like?

People that like to be posting that s**t, either be young boys, lack depth, are Jay-Z fans, their taste in music is just very basic or they just some lil b**ches. Not a critism, just what it is.

Nas isn't that mainstream dude and he doesn't change his s**t to try and keep relevant with this new wave of fan.

I mean this is verse is very bold, he could give a f**k about you lames:

Don't buy my songs, y'all don't roll with it
Coming to concerts singing hoe'ing s**t
f**k y'all lil' lil' hoe b**ches
I don't need y'all, I'll go gold with it

Real f**kin talk.

And check this statement out:

"Who wouldn’t want to be a gazillionaire married to Beyonce that still makes huge pop records and is always the coolest guy in the room?"

POP RECORDS. Thats what Jay-z does, so of course he gonna have more support the n*gga is pop. Just check his recent greatest hits album ....

Nas is anti pop lol.

He doesn't need the backing of half these n*ggaz, he has a strong fan base.

Stay mad
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