Nas Used Ghostwriters For ‘Untitled’?

There’s been a lot of discussion going on over the past 12 hours or so about the legitimacy of Nas‘ raps on the Untitled album. You know, the one that was supposed to be called N****er. Yeah, so, here’s how the whole thing started:

For those that don’t know, Dream Hampton is a close friend of Jay-Z’s and helped him pen his lyric book Decoded. Also, she’s not referring to Hov in the above tweet but Jay Electronica, who along with Stic, of Dead Prez, apparently wrote a lot of the more revolutionary minded joints on Untitled.

Upon seeing those tweets, FWMJ at Rappers I Know sounded off about how he’s known about this for years. As some of you might know, he was the one that kinda-sorta broke Jay Electronica to the world as the two had apparently been close for a while. Thus, through their friendship, FWMJ learned of the whole ghostwriting thing, had his heart broken by it, and just yesterday opened up about it. You can read his essay about it at RIK.

As last night went on, Dream and FWMJ had a brief convo on Twitter about the matter:

And then Dream made the following point:

Now, I just want to know: what do y’all think about this? Do you think it’s true? Do you even care? Is it weird that this comes out now when Nas just revealed that Jay Elec was set to produce the entirety of Untitled? Let us know.

UPDATE: So one of the alleged ghostwriters, Dead Prez’s Stic.Man, came forward on his Facebook to clear the air about his involvement on Untitled. Read his statement below:

As far as the rumors about myself and jay electronika ghost writing for Nas, let me say this. Nas is one of the if not the most prolific original lyricist to EVER do it. My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say. Haters cant discredit that man’s genuis. Nas is the Don.

And now some more words from Stic:

Dream Hampton. I certainly don’t mean to call u a hater. I am just being brought up to speed about your tweet. I heard the “rumors” from other tweets and a few emails from fans. I still haven’t read your tweet. So my statement was just being clear on how I felt about the collab. That was a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most influential emcees to my own personal flow and craft. I can’t speak on what Jay and Nas collab was cause I wasn’t there and that’s there business. Both of those cats are awesome lyricists in my opinion. But for me I was just a white belt that answered the call for a session with a master of the craft. And I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing. Not because Nas “needed” me lol…Again I was just honored to get the call. Nas new album Life is Good is lyrically magnificent and his skills have always spoken for them self. So that’s just my view I respect that folks may field different ways about it. Just clarifying my position.

And I referred to it as a “rumor” because obviously no one of the people talking about it were present in the session. So people can sometimes think they know but weren’t present so they speak on what they think as opposed to being there.

4 thoughts on “Nas Used Ghostwriters For ‘Untitled’?

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  1. Nas still gets my respect because it’s his presentation that made Nigger such a great album. I’m usually the only one that feels Nigger was one of his best albums. But on the other hand I could make myself believe that I actually have a real Jay Elec album.

    The big thing about Nigger that screams Nas is the poor beat selection haha.

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    queens get the money is the best song both nas and jay electronica have ever made.

  3. Only hip-hop is there this stupid unwritten rule that you cant have “collaborators” or “co-writers”. People still wanna be naive. If the music is jamming as a result of co-writers, what exactly is the problem?
    Also, ‘Untitled’ is a mediocre album. It’s not like we’re talking about Illmatic, It Was Written or Lost Tapes.

  4. Who the fuck are these people? IMO there needs to be a lot more than a couple people (who are are all closely related) talking shit to prove it.

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