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It’s pretty easy for me to come up with at least one reason a day that Bill O’Reilly sucks, thanks to Keith Olberman, but when someone, like, say, Nah Right gives me a reason, I really pounce. Here he is making fun of Nas for “peddling the ‘N’ word to children.” I won’t bother to refute his arguments because they are self-evidently dumb.

But you know what I really hate? The way that conservatives have turned the whole “N word” thing around on black people. As if Bill O’Reilly is the sanctimonious protector of race rights and Nas hates black people because he uses the “N word.” Because Fox News isn’t racist. Anyway, here’s a little comedic gem of Bill O waxing poetic about Nas’ inability to sell records and all the ways in which this is promotion for his album. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt, Bill, but why are you so upset? Is it because he uses the “N word?” Or because he eviscerates you on that album?

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…if this weren’t such a dumb review. Seriously? Illmatic “very nearly lived up to the hype?” What world is this guy living in? Illmatic had virtually no hype and took a while to build up to any kind of commercial reception. Nonetheless, it is widely acknowledged as, at the very least, one of the top hip hop albums ever, and I would contend that it is the best hip hop album ever. Also, that Nas used the album title to try “to renew interest in his career?” Yeah, because Nas is a pretty marginal figure in hip hop these days. I guess when you release something provocative it puts the white folks on edge [full disclosure: I’m white].

Fortunately, he gets eviscerated in the comments section, which brings a smile to my face. I like this one a lot: “You working for fif huh?” He must be.

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In the dizzying two and a half years of innumerable mixtapes and feature verses that led up to the release of Tha Carter III, there was such an inflation of expectations that it seemed unlikely that Lil’ Wayne could release anything that would live up to them. Interestingly enough, Wayne’s release had almost the opposite result one would expect from such an intensely hyped release. Rather than be disappointed by the album for not being perfect, fans started to promote this admittedly good album as Wayne’s classic, despite its inconsistencies.

Unfortunately for Lil’ Wayne, his bid to release a classic has been upstaged barely a month later by a release from the pantheon of artists he is trying to join. Nas, of course, has been approaching Wayne’s challenging task of creating a classic from the opposite direction, having tried, fruitlessly, to live up to Illmatic and having the onus of recreating it on him ever since its release. It is safe to say that Nas will never make another Illmatic, but he has just dropped the hip hop album of 2008 that most deserves to be called a classic.
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In case you wanted the whole thing, here’s the new Nas album. Although I’m guessing that will be up for about a minute. That’s okay, though, because at least you can buy it at Wal-Mart since it doesn’t have a title. But maybe he wants you have it:

Probly, huh? So fucking exciting. We already like some of what we’ve heard. More thoughts forthcoming.

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Nas — Queens Get the Money

I’m pretty sure Kyle linked to this yesterday, but most of those zShare links got taken down, unfortunately. I like this track a lot though. Really cool production, and Nas brings fire as well.

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