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Is Nas The Greatest Rapper Or What?

Nas should be crowned the greatest rapper of all time. Three 5 mics albums, classic. Who else has stayed longer in the game, and still consistent, still delivering mad flows.

A lot of people would say, what about tupac and biggie. Let us leave sentiment aside, those two rappers were in the game like 3-4 years before they died and became immortalized. Think about it, if they were alive, would they still be waxing strong? Would they still be dropping relevant albums? Nas has dropped 9 albums since his debut (illmatic) in 1994. All going gold and platinum, you check on the facts.

I know people would say Jay-z is better. I do not doubt that jay-z is a better business man, and sales more album than nas, but ask yourself, can jay-z go bar for bar with nas. He just makes better commercial songs. When it comes to the lyrics, nas would murk him. Everybody know that, but they know a lot of people want to relate with jay's success in the rap game.

Jay-z knew he had one road block to cross in 2001, that was why he went at nas. He had everything, but knew he had to kill the sleeping lion, but the lion happened to put a dent in his career with "ether".

A lot of other rappers know nas is the d don, ask lupe fiasco, ask common, ask jadakiss, jarule, kanye west, dj premier, eminem, the game, all this rappers, one time or the other hae made remarks in the tune that is the greatest rapper. Even jay-z knows that. In one of his old songs, on his second album, he rhymed, "I'm from marcy, where people park cars and argue who's the best rapper, biggie, jigga or nas.

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Nas is my favourite Rapper..Illmatic my fave album!..I love consciencious steez!..Hiphop Mami!<3

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biggie smallz, were u haman or god? damn! u still amaze me. r.i.p 2 da god of rap.

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This is 2012 and this argument is still on...this is to show you there is truth to my claims. Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip and Common, individually at seperate times said Nas is the greatest rapper ever.

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Man I've beat you loads of times

I was looking the other day

At all the old rap battles nearly as old as mother's day

And they all end with my rhymes, and not yours

You give up eventually, I've got proof and it's pure

Like you did just then

You told me to kiss my own a*ss

You can't diss me when

You won't do it in a rap

Cuz you didn't rap back

And when I pointed it out

You still did nothing

Couldn't think of nothing huh?

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you must have a limeted amout of rhymes,

cause it sounds like your saying the same thing everytime.you can't match my grind,

i deflect your whole flow with one line.you have some seriously pitefull raps,

who you think your fooling with that?before you grab the mic your probly hittin the pipe and smoking some crack.

your rhymes make sound high. you need to be to reach me cause im im too fly.you think your a cool rapper?

i'll make you go bye bye with a black eye, and bloody nose.keep your mouth closed. you aint enough to beat me, you know how it goes.

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Is that all you can say?

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kiss your fu**cling a**ss goodbye.

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Hey! stop begging me to stop cuz i wont.

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No I want a reply to my other rap

The one where I says you weren't nothing like Nas

You think you bad

You nothing but a chav

And you're a dirty little bich who talks about coc*ks

Homie if I was you, I'd feel silly and I'd stop

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Go suck nas coc*k

Trust me I got wat it takes

Imma kill yah if you keep takin

Im make yo ma dog, bitc*h now keep barkin

Imma murder you as*s with ma killa instinct

Imma take you to class

Teach yo as*s how to spit a good rhyme

But I gotta go but imma fuc*k yo as*s another time

Spit a line

It yo flows, against mine.

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what the fuc*k is this lady talkin about? “go figure” my as*s

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You think you're like Nas

You're nothing like his *ss

And I ain't like you

I got my own style

You wanna fight me?

Ring my mobile

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YO Nas is out wit his brand new single,

makes me want to mingle,

wit da guys in the industry,

be the first from the NL on BET,

but everywhere i see,

gay*s like RAZ DOG tryin to be as good as me,

go start a group wit lil weezy cause ur ryhmes r too easy,

some people will think that ur good,

but youd get shot if ever came close to me,

id hunt u down like an avanlanche,

no matter the circumstance,

me hittin u is a 100% chance,

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Just take your time,

to compose your ryme

The Nas got skills

That pay the bills

Dont need no pills

Got the "Flo" that kills

Go ahead and write your will

Im gonna plant you on the hill

You better go ahead and call a moderator

Im about to chew you up like an Aligator

The NL got my back

Cause your sh**it is all whack

Throwin mad lyrics cause Im in my prime

Ya think your gonna need some more time

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Yo Nas

I'm better than yo *ss

You spit you're lyrics but you can't spit fast

My lyrics'll make you wanna slit wrists with glass

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Nas is definitely one of the greats. personally he is my favourite rapper of all time but sentiments aside

The top five greatest rappers of all time, in no particular order, should be

Biggie smalls

Big L

Eminem

Nas

Rakim

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Actually jay-Z is the greatest. Illmatic on the other hand is one of best albums ever made.

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Nas is a legend, best of the rest.

I've gat this dudes albums from Illmatic to Untitled.

I even got Lost Tapes, QBs Finest

His video anthology DVD, On tour DVD name it.

I fell in love with Nas from the days of Illmatic, since then i've been hooked.

They will never be another Nasir Jones, never !!

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Nas can take his time when he's writing the sh*it

But he can still spit it fast when he's trying to spit

Anyways I was just playin

I'm a fan of Nas

More than I can say about your motherf**ucking *rse

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some rappers are good and some are better nas is a rap god and biggie a rap angel, then u can call pac the god of

war may b dmx and game in his army but it all falls back too ZUES (NAS) baba oooo, big is good but even u all know

lyrically no one stands next to NAS, please if u think i do not know what i am saying why is illmatic still one of the most

respected rap albums ever made (only NAS has 2 albums in this cat not BIG not PAC only NAS) and why are we not

talking about any other person, that alone should mean there is

truth in that nas na Baba oooo

ALL HAIL KING NAS OOOOOOO

even google said, The most dominant rapper out of ,

368 x 400 - 21k - jpg

www.lastfm.de

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he said and i quote, "tell me a rapper i dint influence" He has respect for the game, He has he lirics str8 4rm hell dis guy is the illest rapper living.

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Nasty Nas! No doubt is an icon in this game. Escobar no doubt is a force to reckon with in the hip-hop world. but unfortunately, i belong to a few of us that love commercial rap of which Nas is an anti-Christ of. In the book, The richest man in /babylon, the king wanted to know why the rich get richer. How come when millions is ditched out in awards and contracts, it revolves back to the rich. The answer he was given was to consult with the richest Babylonian of that time by the name Arkad. Is Nas the Arkad of rap in our time?? Food for thought i'll let you do the dishings.

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There is no rap legend like nas for me.

Nas is KING

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WELL NAS IS JUST GOOD.

I MUST SAY HE IS A LEGEND, IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT I MEAN GO LISTEN TO 1 MIC BY HIM

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Nas is King

As long as longitivity, conciousness and real creativity is concerned.

don't forget he's called 'The Second Coming of Rakim' - For being the only rapper to beat rakim's internal rhyming and syllable word play making him the Best Lyrist/Music Poet

'The Illiest MC' for producing the only album 'ILLMATIC' to be made an educational approach to human life and behaviour by 9 scholars spearheaded by eric dyson.

The Greatest MC of all time- Kanye West enthroned this after been rated the no.1 artiste of the year 2008 for being his main source of inspiration.

The Greatest of ever hold the mic- because his got 4 classics with only one getting 3 MIC rating from the source the rest all got 4 Mic's and above.

Rap Messiah 'for his Illmatic classic which get birth the advent of Hardcore Hip-Hop

and lots more. I'll keep you informed as I get more results from researches

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I just have a problem putting biggie up there with nas and pac. I even prefer kool g rap to biggie.

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Life After Death was average?? Are u out of your mind??

If u don't like BIGGIE, i am kool with it.

Just mention 2Pac or Nas or Weezy and leave the late veteran alone. . . . aiight??

No rapper in the world can match Biggie Small's lyrical supremacy. . . . .

Canibus actually said the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th.

Thatz enuff credits from a great rapper himself.

Nas compared to Biggie?? Even Nas(himself) would slap your face for such blasphemy!!!

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Biggie makes a classic.

His next album is average.

He gets involvd in a publicised beef with tupac.

He gets killed.

Then all of a sudden, he becomes a legend?

I have a problem with that. I believe d beef and his death made him more famous.

You dont have to die by d bullet to be a legend. Thats why we have LIVING legends. And NaS is one.

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Point of correction AdeCisco reasonable doubt never eva went paltinum in its first week at all it wasnt a number 1 billboard album so say the truth and don't lie to credit JaY z because he's always lost

From HOT 97 were he lost the King of New York to

Vibe magazine were he lost 79-31 against eminem and u call him the best rapper

I'ld rather call Kanye that than Jay Z

As four Nas he got 4 5mics album and he is the only rapper who has accomplished that

Best lyriscist and greatesr rapper of all times is waht he is NASSSSSSSSSSS

Go read up Eric Dyson and 9 otha scholars there are researching and developing a an educational approach  afta Illmatic

The first for any musician eva in the history books

Nas

He's just to ill for little' homies like ya

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has anyone here ever listened to big l that guy is sick the guy throws so many puunchlines around and if you ask me hes better than nas

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I need Fela's jumbo sized weed to make me agree with you on this.

It's an abomination dude

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U know nuthing about RAP music. . . . .Biggie should be compared to Jay-Z??

Pass the spliff you smoking to the LHS, dude!!!

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He's one of the greatest . . . . . . . . . He's a POET!!!

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  ''illmatic'' ain't one of the best hiphop albums ever to be maid,it;s simply the best album to ever come out of the hiphop community,coming ou at the 18,he gave the hiphop scene sth that was to last forever,''forevermatic''many at times the hiphop community had wanted to confer the crown to nas,but he's alwayz bitched out,i even watched him say pac is greater than him,but when u look at the achievements,i found it hard to place any one ahead,he's sth i regard as a complete artist,no weakness,he keps seeing things clearer as he's getting older,pac had a kind of syndrome that was analyzed after his death,it had to do with fame sth like he let the fame get to his,and i fault u when u said he was watching his back 24\7,there was a story back in the dayz that pac didn't care about his life that much, times at night clubs he would sneak out leaving his bodyguards searching for him for hours,he failed to understand that  hiphop ain;t a do or die thing,he gave his life because of his insecurity,nas understands that it's all about skillz,that what counts nth how many u slay or how many times u gat shot,i would ever do shits because this cat did,music ain't supposed to be greater than what it is,pac took every thing going in the studio serious,and to me that ain;t keping it real,he was too blind to look into the future and see what it would look like,lyricwise nas is greater,i would give it to pac with it comes to characterwise but that same poo killed him.

    concerning biggie,i think he should be compared to jay-z cuz he ain't on the same level with pac and nas,the only rapper alive that i can compare to nas currently iz AZ,lyrically he's somehow near nas.

                                           nuff said

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comot jare

go dey talk your man u

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I realised that but NAS himself would SLAP you hard for making such comparison.

Biggie Smallz?? He had the best flow and his art of story-telling is second to none!!!

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The greatest rapper of all time died on MARCH 9TH. . . . .THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. is the greatest rapper EVER.

To the cats alive, my list goes:

Eminem

Canibus

Nas

Jay-Z

Jadakiss

DMX.

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Let me reply as quickly as possible cos I'm in a hurry.

'Illmatic' is one of the greatest hip hop/rap albums ever. But mind you, we're talkin' bout the greatest rapper here, not the greatest album. . .

Please explain how 'It Was Written' was directed to Pac? Some peops have argued that 'If I Rule The World' took an indirect shot at Pac, but it's not clear how this is the case. Remember Pac even rapped on the same beat and dissed Nas on it.

FYI, Pac whupped Nas up big time in 'Against All Odds'. I'm not aware that Nas replied or dissed Pac ever.

One thing I can quickly tell you is that Nas has always held Pac in high esteem. Do your research, he respects Pac a lot. Even after he dissed him. You would agree that Pac was a restless guy. And somewhat paranoid. Watched his back at all times. Felt misunderstood by a lot of cats. So he dissed 'em. Nas was one of 'em.

But then in case you do not understand me, Nas is a very great rapper. He's awesome. Got a great deal of content. And he has worked hard to get where he is. But I just think Pac's got more legacy, more influence, more presence, more dexterity.

I'll be back later. . .

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@ bamsyle

hom boy,before we start this points sharing proper,i'd love to ask if u've really checked out ''illmatic'',i knw it's old but tell me what u really think of the album,not what peeps think,but ur own review of the lp,i'd love to inform u that ''it was written'' was directed to pac,before pac replied with ''all eyez on me'',thu nas was too young to be given a thought back then,still pac was too scared to call out his name like he did to big, like they say ''skillz counts more than willz'', halla

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Nah I didn't breathe down your neck homie.

You said "in an ideal world Nas should be the best lyrically but that is not the case here".

Lyrically? Maybe I didn't really understand what you meant. I thought you meant to say "financially". But if really you mean 'lyrically', then i still disagree.

I'm a Nas fan too. But IMO, Nas ain't as lyrically drugs as Pac. Nas is deep no doubt but not as deep as Pac. A lot of peops have argued that Pac is overrated. I don't agree. Pac in his days said thangs that'll outlive him for many years to come. His words are way too heavy to be downplayed. Nas atimes can employ very complex themes. Like he rapped a song from end to the beginning - not vice versa as should normally be. I mean, which rapper does that?

But then Pac raps verses that can move not only units but people. He raps his heart out. He moves you to love peops, to love love, to think, to think again, to think again, to swing into action - whatever. He convinces you. No bragging, no boasting. Simply heart-felt verses. Very down-to-earth.

Some folks - when they be sayin' Pac's the greatest, they say it like "Well, everyone says he is so who am I to disagree"?

They say it like he doesn't deserve it.

He does.

He did not become the G.O.A.T by luck. Or accident.

That title wasn't thrusted on him.

He worked hard for it.

Two rappers are the world's first 2 IMO. Pac - the greatest cos of what he said says. Biggie - the best cos of how he said says what he said says. Pac for the legacy, the impact, the content. Biggie for the skill, the artistry, the delivery.

And Nas comes after those 2.

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@ Bamsyle.

When I said Nas ideally should be the best but isnt, you were breathing down my neck,

Personally, I don't think anybody will be as great as Pac was and still is as far as Rap music is concerned (when I say great, I mean influence on people). His music/lifestly/messages is far reaching than you would probably dream of from a block in  Marin City to Moscow, there is an odd chance you will find some kind of Pac's memorabilia around the world.  Pac kind of managed to be seen living the life of a gangster  and at the same time had that  consciousness of what was going on in black America and black people in general as a whole which he infused in his music.  These lyrics  have struck chords worldwide and people from different backgrounds both white and black can point to something they can relate to in his music.

That said Pac and Nas are my fav rappers anytime anyday.

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Hombre read my post again.

Word for word.

Where did I claim Pac and BIG are ahead of Nas because they died in their prime?

I've said it time and time again - I DO NOT rate artistes based on anything else but their artistry, talent, skill. Whether they're tall or short, white or black, indigo or yellow , dead or alive, etc. is none of my biz. All I care about is their abilities.

That said, I think we can now join issues.

To start with, I dislike unfounded speculations. Pac's dead agreed. But that doesn't give you any reason to speculate. What do you mean by "if Pac's alive he'll be living in the past and wouldn't want to be bugged"? How did you arrive at that conclusion? With that restless soul? The aggressive spirit? The in-yo'-face attitude? The strong will? Hombre you know nada about Pac. Well, gratefully you used the word "guess". You guessed wrong.

Nas hasn't got more thangs to say than Pac. Musically, both cats are street/ghetto- inclined. They are both poets. Both deep. Both prolific. Both intelligent. They're comparable to each other. Pac spoke about life in the projects, black on black violence, white on black violence, love and companionship, courage, hope, politics, etc. Nas reps the same issues. I see no difference. Maybe Pac sounds more aggressive. That's all. Listening to both cats, it's not difficult to know where they're coming from and where they're going. They may have one overriding message in all their songs. But each song has that extra edge to it. Something fresh. They both addressed family, communal and world issues. They both rep the black community. So what are you on? I won't even say either had more to say than the other.

"Baby Don't Cry" and "All Eyez On Me" are not the only joints Pac reeled out in his days. You said Nas silences whites. What about Pac? What happened to tracks like "White Man's World"? What happened to "Trapped"? "Changes"?

Humility? So Pac was. . . erm. . . proud? When cats in his days were busy bragging about gucci, fendi, rolex, house-on-a-hill and what-nots, this cat was always speaking straight from his heart. Listen to any Pac album. You hardly find him bragging. He was always talkin' bout real-life issues. Which cat had the ability to kill cats in "Against All Odds" and "Bomb First" and come back to tell us "Keep Ya Head Up" and "Baby Don't Cry"? Pac had the spirit of a lion and the heart of a lamb. Don't be fooled by all that 'thug life' and stuff. He was like you and me. Very down-to-earth. Wasn't carried away by the legendary status and accolades conferred on him.

Nas is great.

But Pac and Biggie?

Don't go there.

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@doggmann,

u said well. U DONT NEED TO BE DEAD TO BE A LEGEND!

Whether 'one of d greats' or 'd greatest'. Whats clear to a normal mind is that NaS is a great guy!

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Nas is one of em greatest no doubt. I rate him the best right now considering 2pac is dead. But all in all 2pac is the best rapper i've ever listen to in my life. I still listen to him and feel him anyday.

And i think we shouldn't deviate from the topic of discussion, we're not talking about how succesful they are but how good they are

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Don't understand you. You mean ". . .Nas should be the best financially but that is not the case here"?

Dead or Alive, Pac and Biggie are miles ahead of Nas.

Alive, Nas is lyrically ill and no one out there can touch him.

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In an ideal world Nas should be the best lyrically but that is not the case here.

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i dont agree that nas is the best. there's better and more successful and more lyrically inclined.

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Thought I read this somewhere,

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