Jay Electronica took to Twitter last night and flat out denied that he ever wrote lyrics for Nas. Well, to be completely accurate he said Nas “never has and never will need a ghostwriter” and I think it’s safe to assume that most resonable people would interpret that as a denial.
Nas is one of the Greatest Ever. never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man’s pen and legacy is without question.
— ℒℴѵℯJay ELECTRONICA (@JayElectronica) August 15, 2012
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.
“…I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing.”
That statement is certainly open to interpretation. We all know alot goes into the creation of an album, and lines and choruses and ideas get contributed from different sources and there’s nothing wrong with that. And stic’s right, none of us were in the studio sessions, so we don’t know how it really went down. So that should be the end of that right?
As a Nas fan and a fan of Hip-Hop, those denials are enough to make me feel better than I felt yesterday about all of this fuckery. But as a realist, I would hope that one of these Hip-Hop “journalists” is going to look into this further. The reality is, there’s a million reasons (legal, political, financial) that Jay and stic would deny ghostwriting and I’m having trouble coming up with even one good reason why they would publicly admit to it. And not for nothing, but these are serious allegations coming from a couple of people who have in the past proven themselves to be credible. You don’t just throw around these kind of accusations about one of the best MCs ever if there’s nothing at all to it, right?
The last thing that we, as fans, want to believe is that one of the greatest ever used a ghostwriter so when Jay and stic say they didn’t write for him, we want that to be the end of it. The probelm is, that most of the people who are supposed to question this shit (bloggers, writers, magazine editors) are also dickriders fans and they’re more than happy to take whatever denial somebody offers as gospel. Particularly in this era of the internet there’s been an unfortunate tendency to suck dick first and ask questions later, if at all.
Let’s keep it all the way real, niggas were posting that clip from the Big Boy show yesterday as if that was concrete evidence that nobody ever wrote for Nas. “Oh, well if Nas says he didn’t use ghostwriters than that’s the end of that”. Except that’s not the end of that, because of course he would deny it on live radio, who wouldn’t? Nevermind that the interview clip was uploaded to the internet days before dream sent out her infamous tweet.
Personally, since this shit is out there now, I’d like some more information. This is Nas we’re talking about here. Is anybody going to look into this shit and get to the bottom of what dream claims she heard and what fwmj says he was told, or are we all just going to accept shit at face value? If both of them are lying, or misrepresenting what they know, or just plain wrong, then that will come out and Nas will be vindicated. On the other hand, if Electronica wrote “Queens Get The Money”, then the world will have the facts and at that point we can debate what it means to The Little Homie’s legacy. Either way, there’s more to this story and I’d like to hear it.
UPDATE: stic.man goes into explicit detail with VIBE about him and M1’s role in the creation of “Sly Fox” and “We Are Not Alone”. This is really the kind of clarification I was looking for on the topic.
Previously: Did Nas Use Ghostwriters on Untitled?