CNN Names Nas “The Greatest Lyricist of All Time”

Nowadays it is very easy to dismiss the value of lyrics in the rap game but as we know that, there are still artists out there that try to convey real messages, such Nasir Jones. CNN apparently took notice as it shows a big deal of appreciation for Nas's contribution to pop culture by naming him “The Greatest Lyricist of All Time.”

Let’s begin with a disclaimer: Nas doesn’t endorse the following sentence. But he’s the greatest lyricist of all time. Those words were carefully chosen: “lyricist” over “rapper” or “hip-hop artist;” “greatest” instead of “most successful;” “all time” rather than “today.”

With “Life is Good,” Nas dropped his ninth No. 1 hip-hop album since 1994. Seven of those have gone platinum, which places him second among rappers only to Jay-Z with 11. (We’re not counting compilations or collaborations here, only original solo efforts, and yes, Tupac Shakur had nine, but five were posthumous releases.)

And that, friends, is the crux of the debate: hot lines vs. hot songs. No one would deny Hova his dap, but it seems he has said, in both word and action, that it’s tough to top Nas.

Read the entire article here. And while you're at it, also have a look at HYPETRAK's Top 50 albums of 2012 where Nas's Life Is Good is ranked at #3.

By: Petar Kujundzic / News / January 7, 2013 / 3845 Views
  • ThisSideSaysWayUp

    Before it gets crazy in here, just ask yourself, Which MC
    has a verse that can really compare with this? :

    "So I comes back home, nobody's out but Shorty Doo-Wop
    Rolling two phillies together in the Bridge we called 'em oo-wops
    He said "Nas, niggas cold be busting off the roof
    So I wear a bullet proof and pack a black trey-deuce"
    He inhaled so deep, shut his eyes like he was sleep
    Started coughing, one eye peeked to watch me speak
    I sat back like The Mack, my army suit was black
    We was chilling on these benches where he pumped his loose cracks
    I took the L when he passed it, this little bastard
    Keeps me blasted and starts talking mad shit
    I had to school him, told him don't let niggas fool him
    Cause when the pistol blows the one that's murdered be the cool one
    Tough luck when niggas are struck, families fucked up
    Coulda caught your man, but didn't look when you bucked up
    Mistakes happen, so take heed never bust up
    At the crowd catch him solo, make the right man bleed
    Shorty's laugh was cold blooded as he spoke so foul
    Only twelve trying to tell me that he liked my style
    Then I rose, wiping the blunt's ash from my clothes
    Then froze only to blow the herb smoke through my nose
    And told my little man I'mma ghost, I rose
    Left some jewels in his skull that he can sell if he chose
    Words of wisdom from Nas try to rise up above
    Keep an eye out for Jake, Shorty Wop, one love

    This is pure brilliance, not because of its complexity, but because
    of its simplicity.


    Wu Tang is for the children

  • Riff Raff

    What does CNN know about Nas or rap in general?

  • kbut…

    I've always thought One Love was the least impressive song on Illmatic to be honest (yes I mean least, not most, least).

  • whatever

    I see more potential in Joey Bad, Earl, and Kendrick. Illmatic was very great, but he hasn't made shit close since.

  • Le Spleefre

    Read the full article. Apparently they know a lot

  • ThisSideSaysUp

    Just post a verse. . .

  • carterxking

    His Name is Lupe Fiasco, he obliterates all you could possibly mention... "Put You On Game" "Little Weapon" "Streets on Fire"... etc. Do not speak on lyricist if you dont speak on Lupe.

  • Mohan Guaranteed

    yea, THAT lupe.

  • carterxking

    The depravity between reason and foolishness is far too wide on this cite. Respect the King.

  • Mohan Guaranteed

    i don't like that cnn thinks they have the final say on this.

  • Hazem Askar

    Most of your arguments are addressed if you take the time to read the article...

  • FU

    Are you kidding me? It was written, I am, and Stillmatic are all classic and he still remains relevant with his new album.

  • :3

    i heard about this guy his more of a myth he goes by the name of jay electronica ever heard of him?

  • ▲DarkStar▲

    People clearly didn't read the article. So stop throwing out other artists.

  • ThisSideSaysUp

    The majesty of this song comes with its ability to
    illustrate a the romance of Street Life, but at the same
    time impart its vulnerability and sorrow so seamlessly.
    This had never been done before in hip hop.

    In the way that Francis Coppola directed the first
    Gangster film to make the antagonist and protagonist
    the leading character with such extreme emotion.
    This takes clarity of vision, maturity, and uncanny

    Not to mention he was the first rapper to restrain from
    littering his pages with metaphors, which were all
    the rage in '92. All while using his voice as an wind
    instrument to weave an additional melody throughout the
    song, where most rappers were using their voices as additional
    drum patterns fighting the beat.

    Its really just amazing.

  • okay,Freud

    You use this word 'depravity'. I do not think it means what you think it means. Pseudo-intellectual ass...

  • Meyer Wolfsheim

    Disparity, old-sport, disparity.

  • Drmwlk13

    Jay Electronica ......Wale .....Lupe......?

  • B

    Twilight Zone, nuff said.

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  • ali

    You idiots arguing thatvnas is not the best

  • ali

    Lupe is fine but to me he is not spitting anything innovative