Many rappers can rap: talking about their ice, cars, hoes, and such – anyone can do it. But what distinguishes a rapper from an MC is their ability to tell a story; for 3-4 minutes to take you on a mental ride through their lives and how they see it. To feel their emotions: elation or pain, bliss or remorse, concept records have pushed the artform ahead, as rappers have stretched the boundaries of imagination.
Nas – One Love
– This was the song that got Nas on the hip-hop light as it was his first major music video. Even Mobb Deep was up in it
Nas delivers Fox News a message to their headquarters. The message is a petitions signed by over 600, 000 people claiming that Fox News spews propaganda and has been racist to the Obama family and to African Americans. The prime target in this speech by Nas is that of popular Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly; O’Reilly and Nas had some beef before as O’Reilly got Nas barred from performing at a Virgina Tech memorial concert a few years ago – inciting that Nas was a ‘gangsta rapper’. So I am sure Nas jumped at the opportunity to stick it to O’Reilly.
Nas also disses Fox News and O’Reilly on his latest album ‘Untitled’ with the song ‘Sly Fox’
What is more alarming than Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, and the rest of the ‘reporters’ they have, is the fact that Fox News have a huge following, so Fox is effectively ‘supplying’ a ‘demand’. And if the ‘demand’ knows that the supply is fulled with hate/racist attitudes, then the ‘demand’ group really needs to be looked at it – and feared.
Universal must be very happy with this song because it is a single that they can actually promote and market – not saying that the new album for Nas titled ‘Untitled’ is bad; its just too geo-political-socially charged that I have a hard time seeing Universal Music Group pushing a lot of marketing dollars behind Nas’ latest effort.
This song features Keri Hilson (Timbaland fame) and is produced by Polow Da Don – hit producer of such hits for Rich Boy, Young Buck, Young Jeezy, and others. Nas’ albums usually don’t have big time producers such as Polow as Nas likes to go for the grimier, dark, and more somber beats.
Of course we all know that Nas was suppose to name his album ‘Ni****’ but that would be too hard to get retailers such as Wal-Mart and HMV to go along with such a bold and emotionally-charged word. To check out the ‘Ni****’ mixtape though featuring some album tracks and other material, download it free here: