CNN Says Nas Is "The Greatest Lyricist Of All Time"

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 5 years ago '06        #1
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CNN Says Nas Is "The Greatest Lyricist Of All Time"
 

 

Nas is good, but CNN thinks Nas is damn good. In a story titled "A case for Nas, hip-hop's finest MC" the news outlet defends its stance that the man born Nasir Jones is "the greatest lyricist of all time."

The story cites Nas' longevity, he turns 40 next summer—and the the gift of rhyme, of course—as one of the main reasons for the lofty praise, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

With "Life is Good," Nas dropped his ninth No. 1 hip-hop album since 1994. Seven of those have gone platinum, which places him second among rappers only to Jay-Z with 11. (We're not counting compilations or collaborations here, only original solo efforts, and yes, Tupac Shakur had nine, but five were posthumous releases.)

It also ties Nas with Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion or whatever his name is, and it puts the Queens native one plaque ahead of Eminem, Too Short, OutKast and LL Cool J, all of whom belong in the greatest-ever discussion, as well.

As for the inevitable, "What about Tupac and Biggie?" question, Nas acknowledge the greatness of the late rap icons. "I just think Biggie was something else. He was the Hitchcock of this thing, man," Nas told CNN. "He told you a story. There was a seriousness that came with it that can't compare with nothing."

The "Cherry Wine" rapper added, "I'd probably be better if they were still around. I think I'd be a lot better."

If you're a true rap fans you've already thought of that line from Jay-Z's "Where I'm From": "I from where ni--as pull your card, and argue all day about who's the best MC's, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas."

And as for Hova in this debate, according to CNN writer Eliott C. McLaughlin, the Brooklyn MC is most definitely skilled, but only has the edge on Nas when it comes to business side of the game:

Here is where that "lyricist" v. "hip-hop artist" distinction becomes important.

Jay-Z said it best himself: He's not a businessman; he's a business, man. When you consider 11 of his albums have sold at least a million copies -- seven of those 2 million or more -- as have his four collaborations, two with R. Kelly and one each with Linkin Park and Kanye West, it's as if Hova is King Midas, but with platinum.

He's a hit maker extraordinaire, maybe the world's best, but that doesn't translate to best lyricist. Jay-Z acknowledged as much on "Moment of Clarity" when he rhymed, "If skills sold, truth be told/I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli."

Even in dissing Nas on "Takeover," he explained why he had sampled Nas' lyrics on "Dead Presidents": "So yeah, I sampled your voice; you was using it wrong/you made it a hot line; I made it a hot song."

Not a bad argument at all. Let us know who you think is the "greatest lyricist of all time" in the comments.


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 5 years ago '10        #2
TheMindOf 21 heat pts21
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Oh... CNN..

Well that changes everything, seeing as they're known for their profound hip hop acumen.











 01-06-2013, 09:21 AM         #3
Drone 
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Who cares what CNN say. Can't take anyone there seriously.
 5 years ago '12        #4
Laronla 426 heat pts426
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I respect it. I don't think Nas can see Lupe in that department though
 5 years ago '04        #5
BackBlock_OG 34 heat pts34
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I think Hov's GOAT, but I agree w/ CNN.
 5 years ago '04        #6
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I don't really know if we should say " CNN says" since it's just ONE guy who wrote the article

I dont mind the opinion but rather how they got to their conclusion

so let me get this straight, this guy who wrote the article thinks Nas is the greatest because

- Pac and Big died too early to be considered ( even though Pac released more material in his short 5 year span than 95% of rappers do in their entire career)

-Eminem debuted too late to be compared with Nas so Nas takes precedent because of his seniority which they pass on as longevity.

- They say Jay can't hold a candle to Nas because all he does is make "catchy hits " and says Jay even admitted it when he said " you made it a hot line, I made it a hot song"


I can respect someone thinking Nas is the GOAT but this guy's criteria and justifications are all over the place and the article is very poorly written, it's like CNN just let some random high school blogger write this.
 5 years ago '12        #7
You Hater 1447 heat pts1447
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 Laronla said:
I respect it. I don't think Nas can see Lupe in that department though
k!ll yourself
 01-06-2013, 09:50 AM         #8
Satire 
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CNN is right
 5 years ago '10        #9
A.Dot789 1053 heat pts1053
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Since when did y'all care about what CNN says...
 5 years ago '10        #10
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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 Laronla said:
I respect it. I don't think Nas can see Lupe in that department though
dp u mongos actually believe the sh*t u type
 01-06-2013, 10:02 AM         #11
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And CNN had the greatest news coverage of the Gulf War of all time


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 5 years ago '10        #12
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 Laronla said:
I respect it. I don't think Nas can see Lupe in that department though
Stop It.
I'm a Lupe stan at heart even I can't cosign that sh*t Wasalu ain't touchin Nas.. Sorry.


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 5 years ago '04        #13
Skammy Gee 17 heat pts17
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 5 years ago '04        #14
evl_z4y 
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Them fools just tryin to revive Queens

they forgot about Popavelli
 5 years ago '12        #15
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 psylence2k said:
I don't really know if we should say " CNN says" since it's just ONE guy who wrote the article

I dont mind the opinion but rather how they got to their conclusion

so let me get this straight, this guy who wrote the article thinks Nas is the greatest because

- Pac and Big died too early to be considered ( even though Pac released more material in his short 5 year span than 95% of rappers do in their entire career)

-Eminem debuted too late to be compared with Nas so Nas takes precedent because of his seniority which they pass on as longevity.

- They say Jay can't hold a candle to Nas because all he does is make "catchy hits " and says Jay even admitted it when he said " you made it a hot line, I made it a hot song"


I can respect someone thinking Nas is the GOAT but this guy's criteria and justifications are all over the place and the article is very poorly written, it's like CNN just let some random high school blogger write this.
Exactly...I mean Nas is my fav as well but the article doesn't really have any merit behind it.
 01-06-2013, 10:48 AM         #16
Minister 
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1 win, 84,658 losses
 01-06-2013, 11:19 AM         #17
Jeezydasnowman 
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haha CNN lies you guys dont know that?

 01-06-2013, 11:22 AM         #18
Hotboy1982 
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 Krypton said:
Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z (from '96 to '03), Canibus, Rakim, Cormega, Black Though, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Chino XL, Ras Kass, Big Punisher, Kool G Rap > Nas. He's not even the greatest lyricist from QUEENS.
i agree with everything expect for cormega chino xl
 5 years ago '09        #19
UrbanEnterprise 62 heat pts62
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i thought this was known already

Nas is the greatest lyricist ever

not the greatest hip hop artist though
 5 years ago '07        #20
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Nas the GOAT
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