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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 at 10:52 am  |  42 responses

Layup Lines: Made You Look

You a slave to page in my rhyme book.

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    CAN WE GET SOME MORE NON OBVIOUS STUFF.

  • BlackStar

    “That’s the way you get Timberland’d up!!!” … This song is a banger and the beat is fire!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    I’m always up for some Nas!

    UNFROZEN, make a suggestion. They usually accommodate requests. Or would you rather be pleasantly surprised?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Greatest rapper alive.

  • http://www.slamonline.com tolo

    what about tear the club up thugs – push em off!

    or for you worldly yankee-doodles

    roots manuva – chin high

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Nasty.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @tolo, is roots manuva the same dude who did “witness the fitness?” That track was pretty nice.

  • forecast: pain

    Get some big L up in here!

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    nas is like…iron mike,messiah type. b4 the christ after the death, the last 1 left

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    If EPMD gave birth to a rapper, it would be NAS.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Nas is an amazing lyricist… how about some Jadakiss, Lupe Fiasco, or Bad meets Evil.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    DFRANCE, IVE MADE MANY REQUESTS, BUT SCHNEEZY CONTINUES TO POST 98% OBVIOUS NY STUFF. ITS BEEN GETTING VERY OLD.

  • Jeremy

    GOAT

  • http://counterkicks.com Quinned

    cosign JTaylor and hes still puttin out heat mans a legend

  • golden state

    THE REMIX TO HIS SONG IS FIRE!! LUDA AND JADA KILL IT WITH NAS

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    NAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSS

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    my favorite of all time. i still can’t figure out all the lyrics on illmatic after listening to it all these years. you need a surgical knife to dissect his songs.

  • Ali

    fire….

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    @albie… or google to find the lyrics…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    “Nas is Like” is still my favorite non-Illmatic Nas track, but this one’s up there too.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @niQ: that’s cheating =) i wanna be a true Nas fan and learn his song by listening to him.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I got every lyric to Illmatic memorized, I’ve listened to it so many times.
    Even went as far as looking up all the samples used on all the songs.

  • O

    Damn Enig, that’s dedication to an album. I can’t wait for his album with Common. I’m willin’ to bet it’ll knock Watch The Throne out the box…

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable

    Easily my fav rapper ever. There are times i dont listen to illmatic for a month or two and then i put it on and im just amazed all other again, insanely good album.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    it’s insane how bumpable illmatic is. most albums have no staying power, but illmatic, every time i listen to it, there’s something new i discover. it’s just too good. possibly the best hiphop album of all time. reasonable doubt is great, but illmatic has way more complexity to it.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Only nine songs and an intro, and yet you sit there and listen to it a lot longer than most of these 21, 22 track albums cause there’s no filler, there’s no tracks you impulsively forward cause they just “aight”.
    No, every track on Illmatic was a straight up classic.
    Check this – my wife’s baby cousin started dating this one kid, and she introduced me to the kid cause she been bragging bout how he likes 90′s rap and knows I love it too.
    So we get to talking bout rappers and albums, you know, the usual suspects like Pac and Big, Wu-Tang and them.
    I’m surprised by kid, honestly, cause he’s 18 and would rather listen to them over the likes of Lil Wayne and Drake and them.
    And then I bring up Illmatic and kid says he’d never heard it.
    My first impulse was to yell at kid “F*CK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!”
    But I know a valuable teaching experience when I see one.
    So I said “I got you” and the next day blessed him with a burnt copy of Illmatic.
    Kid’s mind’s been blown ever since…

  • O

    I can’t wait for the Nas and Common album. WIllin’ to bet it’ll knock Watch The Throne out the box!!!

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    O – not a single one of these collabo albums have been any good, so we’ll see.
    Obviously, Nas and Common are both superior MC’s, so I think it’ll come down to what direction they decided to go as far as production and lyrical content.
    If they get like 9th Wonder, Premo, Pete Rock, even some Kanye (hungry “lock yourself in a room doing 5 beats a day for three summers” Kanye, not the wack producer he’s kinda been lately) No ID and Just Blaze, it should be dope.

  • O

    You ain’t lyin’ Enig. Best of Both Worlds, The Firm, Watch The Throne – all trash. Firm probably had the most respectable but not by much. Like you said though, Nas and Common SHOULD be tapping some of the most gutta producers in the game. Unlike Jay and Kanye who let a bird named Lex Luger (what self respecting producer names himself after a suspect-half-assed wrestler??) produce H.A.M. I don’t think a single joint off of WTT can f*cks with Nas and Common’s “Gheto Dreams.” If that’s a sign of what’s to come, then i’m putting my bets down!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @Enigmatic: that’s a dope story on educating the youth. thank you.
    @Enigmatic & O: how’s Distant Relatives? I bumped it once in the car and somehow lost the CD. Not sure if i want to shell out another 13 bux for it. thoughts?

  • Kilo

    Nas is my favortie East Coast rapper and the best pure lyrist alive, hands down. And I still wanna here Bow Down on Layup Lines.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    @albei1kenobi – never heard that it. Honestly, last Nas album I bought is Hip Hop is Dead.
    Before that was It Was Written.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    @Enig C’mon, as a Nas fan you got to have the whole catalog bro.

    @albie Distant Relatives is definitely worth the price of admission, again. lol.

    I didn’t think WTT was that bad, its just that Kanye and Jay don’t have a long history of doing tracks together so the natural chemistry is not there. I would much rather hear a Nas and AZ album than one with Nas and Common.

  • O

    Distant Relatives was eeehhh. Disappointment. But I have pretty high standards as far as hip-hop goes. Remember, I think Wayne is overrated, Drake is average and everyday ask myself how the hell does Pitbull still have a career. As a proud Latino I usually support any Latino rapper that can get on and keep himself relevant, but Pitbull? Seriously? How?

  • realD

    WHO EVER SAYS DISTANT RELATIVES WAS A DISAPOINTMENT DOES NOT KNOW MUSIC HONESTLY, THAT WAS SOME WORLD WIDE UNIVERSAL ISH, IT WAS DEEP MUSIC, PPL NEED O TAKE IT IN

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    dfrance – just cause dude’s first album was a classic doesn’t mean I’ma blindly buy all his albums if I don’t think they’re good enough.
    Like Premo once said – “when it drops, if it’s proper – COP THAT!” (M.O.P.’ “Breakin the Rules”, a bangin’ joint).
    And Kanye and Jay-Z have been making music together for 11 years now, so you can’t say they don’t “have a long history” together.

  • O

    realD, Distant Relatives was a DISAPPOINTMENT! Did I say it was wack or bad or horrible?! It didn’t live up to expectations. It was decent, but decent isn’t great. I bet you think anyone who didn’t like Nastradamus or Blueprint 2 doesn’t know music either.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    @Enig, I don’t know about you, but I can only decide whether an artist album is “good enough”, AFTER I buy it. And what I meant was making music together as in the back and forth type songs that they tried on WTT. They don’t have a lot of those. They have songs that Kanye produced for Jay, or where Jay is featured on a Kanye song, but they don’t have a lot of songs they’ve done as a unit. I’m thinking along the lines of Red and Meth, or Styles P and Jadakiss.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    O, what were your expectations for the Distant Relatives album? Not looking to start an argument as there are no right and wrong when it comes to musical taste, I’m just curious as to what you were disappointed in.

  • SKITTLESO5

    How about some Big Krit…..Hometown hero…?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    dfrance – Nah, I got burnt too many times buying a wack album on the strength of a good single or because I liked the rapper’s last album.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    12:04 p.m. is not me…

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