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Encyclopedia > Hip Hop Is Dead (song)
"Hip Hop Is Dead"
Single by Nas featuring will.i.am
from the album Hip Hop Is Dead
Released November 2006 (U.S.)
29 January 2007 (UK)
Format 12" Single/CD single
Genre Hip Hop
Length 3:45
Label Def Jam/Ill Will
Writer(s) Nasir Jones
William Adams, Jr.
Jerry Lordan
Doug Ingle
Producer(s) will.i.am
Peak chart positions
Nas featuring will.i.am singles chronology
"In Public"
(2005)
"Hip Hop Is Dead"
(2006)
"Can't Forget About You"
(2006)

Hip Hop Is Dead is the first and title single taken from Nas' 2006 album of the same name. It is produced by and features will.i.am. It peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart,[1] as well as #41 on the Billboard Hot 100. Image File history File links NaS_Featuring_Will. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... William James Adams Jr. ... Hip Hop Is Dead is a 2006 album by American hip-hop artist Nas that was released on December 19, 2006. ... Look up November in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... January 29 is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The 12-inch [30 cm] single gramophone record gained popularity with the advent of disco music in the 1970s. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Def Jam Recordings is an American based hip-hop record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group. ... Ill Will Records is the Columbia Records imprint of rapper Nas. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... William James Adams Jr. ... Jeremiah Patrick Jerry Lordan (born 30 April 1934, in Paddington, West London died 24 July 1995 in London), was a British composer and singer. ... Ingle is best known for his work on the 1968 hit In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... William James Adams Jr. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... Template:Media Control Charts The Media Control Charts are the official music charts in Germany. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... William James Adams Jr. ... In Public is the fourth single from Keliss third album Tasty, performed with rapper Nas. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... See also: 2006 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2006 Record labels established in 2006 Ti // January – James Nicholl, drummer of Pay*Ola became ill and was admitted to hospital. ... Hip Hop Is Dead is a 2006 album by American hip-hop artist Nas that was released on December 19, 2006. ... William James Adams Jr. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ...

Contents

Overview

The lyrics deal with the idea of hip-hop's death as artistically viable music, as explained below:

Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game
Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business
It forgot where it started
So we all gather here for the dearly departed
Nas in the music video.

Nas clearly decries the idea that hip hop has gone the way of commercialization, pledging to stay true to its origins, as in the last line of verse 1, where Nas mentions MC Shan and MC Ren, by saying So nigga, who's your top ten, is it MC Shan is it MC Ren.. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Shawn Moltke is an American rapper who uses the stage name MC Shan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Nas also mentions NBA commissioner David Stern. The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... For other persons named David Stern, see David Stern (disambiguation). ...


Original samples

"Hip Hop Is Dead" contains samples of "Apache" performed by the Incredible Bongo Band, an instrumental song written by Jerry Lordan. It also contains a sample of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" a version performed by Iron Butterfly off the compilation album Days Of Flower Power. Nas previously used the same song but an interpolation performed by The Incredible Bongo Band on his 2004 single "Thief's Theme". Apache was a popular instrumental song written by Jerry Lordan and recorded by British group The Shadows in June 1960. ... The Incredible Bongo Band, also known as Michael Viners Incredible Bongo Band, was a project started by Michael Viner, a record artist manager and executive at MGM Records. ... Jeremiah Patrick Jerry Lordan (born 30 April 1934, in Paddington, West London died 24 July 1995 in London), was a British composer and singer. ... In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, released in 1968, is a 17-minute rock song by Iron Butterfly, released on their album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, occupying the entire second side of the album. ... For other uses, see Iron Butterfly (disambiguation). ... Thiefs Theme is a single by Nas, taken from his double album, Streets Disciple. The UK edition of Streets Disciple features a remix of Thiefs Theme featuring Rising Son, a British rapper who beat off over 5000 entries in a competition held by Sony Records for the...


Censorship

On the album, both original and edited, the lyrics have been altered to remove profanities and gun references. The parts of the song when he says the word "Nigga" is removed and replaced by other words, but it still keeps some words which are censored, including "Ganja". The original one can also be heard censored, when Nas says a profanity, the disc is scratched on words like "AK, Ganja, Nigga and Ass" but has less censores than the censored version, which blanks out the profanity. Some lines are changed into another line because it originally had bad words in it, when Nas says the line "Rich ass niggas is ridin with three llamas", it is changed to "Quick fast trigger fingers on the llama". Also when Nas says the line "Cuz we love to talk on ass we gettin" to "Cuz we love to talk on nasty chickens". The un-edited version can be found on file-sharing websites and various mixtapes. The main part of the song that is constantly changed is the hook. The different versions of the hook are: Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... See Shared resource for the conventional meaning of file sharing File sharing is the practice of making files available for other users to download over the Internet and smaller networks. ... The compact audio cassette brought homemade mixes of pop songs within the reach of the casual music fan. ... A hook is a musical idea, a passage or phrase, that is believed to be appealing and make the song stand out; it is meant to catch the ear of the listener (Covach 2005, p. ...

  • Album:

"If hip hop should die before I wake / I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK / Roll to every station, murder the DJ / Roll to every station, murder the DJ"

  • Single:

"If hip hop should die before I wake / I'll put/load an extended clip and body 'em all day / Roll to every station, wreck the DJ / Roll to every station, wreck the DJ"


But, for the MTV version, "clip and body 'em" is censored, along with words like "Smoke, Die, Grindin', hittin', Behind, Stick-Ups and Killings" and "crap".


Track listing

  1. "Hip Hop Is Dead" (Clean)
  2. "Hip Hop Is Dead" (Instrumental)
  3. "Where Y'all At" (Explicit)

Charts

Chart (2007) [1] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 41
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 25
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 48
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 25
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 35

The Billboard Hot 100 is the United States music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Hot Digital Songs chart ranks the best-selling digital singles in the United States, according to Billboard magazine. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known as Top Soul Singles, Top Black Singles, and Top R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Hot Rap Tracks is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Pop 100 is a songs chart created in February 2005 and released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ...

References

  1. ^ All Music Guide: Hip Hop Is Dead? All Music Guide/Billboard. Retrieved on December 6, 2006

 
 

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