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Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« on: November 22, 2002, 09:44:09 AM »
"After all the talk of allegiances and collaborations, many will be as surprised by who Nas did not work with on God's Son as who he did work with.

There's no mention of Murder Inc. anywhere on the album, set for December 17 release, and no tracks produced by Irv Gotti.

Nas' longtime production aces-in the-hole, DJ Premier and L.E.S., also didn't make it on the LP. Instead, the rapper relied on beats by the criminally slept-on Salaam Remi, newcomers including Saukrates and Agile, and fellow acclaimed mic masters Alicia Keys and Eminem.

"I carry the cross," Nas rhymes over Shady's plodding piano rhythms on "The Cross." "If Virgin Mary had an abortion/ I still would be carried in a white chariot by stampeding horses .../ I'm happy the streets is back in New York."

Em doesn't rhyme on the last-minute addition to the album, but provides the musical forum for Nas to vent about R&B rappers who "f ---ed the game up" and explain that he can't keep a girl because he won't hold any of them in higher regard than this daughter. He also describes how reinventing himself helped him regain the title of hip-hop king.

Nas goes from throne to the battlefield, collaborating with Alicia Keys on "Warrior." Keys, who plays the piano on the song and incorporates an African drum sampled from Fela Kuti's catalog, also sings the chorus.

"This is a song for my warriors, brave hearted and strong/ Definition of a warrior/ Gonna keep marching on to the sound of our own beating drum."

Nas also rhymes about trying to stay strong while realizing his mother was dying. "Mother is the closest thing to God ... Wishing death on other n---as' mothers ain't right/ But why mine?" he asked aloud, before revealing his mom's last words to him: "Never give up."

Coping with the loss of his mother since her April passing is a recurring theme throughout God's Son, surfacing on tracks such as "Dance," where he wishes he could dance one last time with his parent; "Heaven," where he poses the question, "What would you do if heaven was one mile away?"; and "Thugz Mansion," which features vocals by Tupac.

"This whole year's been crazy/ Asked the Holy Spirit to save me/ ... I feel like my eyes saw too much suffering/ I'm only 20-some-odd years, I done lost my mother/ I cry tears of joy/ I know she smiles on the boy/ I dream of you more/ My love goes to Afeni Shakur."

A similar version of the song appears on Tupac's upcoming LP Better Dayz. While God's Son has two Nas verses and one Pac verse, the duo's mic time is reversed for the Tupac album. A spokesperson for Nas says Interscope has asked the rapper to appear in the video for Pac's version in the next two weeks.

Lighter in subject matter is the bass-heavy "Hey Nas," which features a hook sung by Kelis and City High's Claudette Ortiz.

"Someone that's into me but won't f--- all my enemies," Nas says, describing his version of a perfect woman. In response, Ortiz promises, "I can be all that."

Outside of the studio, it seems that the wild-haired protégé of the Neptunes is Nas' real down chick. On "Mastermind," one of three tracks produced by the Alchemist, he raps about his apparent girlfriend. "Gave the keys to Kelis/ Whispered in her earlobe, 'Drive home.'/ 'Cause she the wife and they the freaks/ They underneath my girl's caliber."

Nas' caliber of rhyme garnered him props among hip-hop's top line-throwers in the mid-'90s. On "Real N---as," he tells of how the competition level had many of the biggest names bumping heads at the time.

"Y'all don't know about my Biggie wars/ Who you thought 'Kick in the Door' was for?/ But that was my heart/ Y'all still trippin' off that Jigga sh--."

Throughout the song, Nas gives an insider's look at what was going on at that time, from P. Diddy dreaming of starting Bad Boy, RZA — whom he refers to by his former moniker Prince Rakeem — forming a new group called Wu-Tang Clan and Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah subsequently beefing with Notorious B.I.G. over biting. He addresses his baby's mother's alleged infidelities with other rappers and reveals how he and current advisor Steve Stoute had problems trusting each other.

Of course, Jay-Z isn't left untouched (see "Jay-Z Speaks On Beef With Nas, Links With 'Austin Powers' "). The Queensbridge rhyme slayer raps, "The Gift and the Curse, f--- that/ The first shall be last ... I was like Scarface, Jay was Manolo/ It hurt me when I had to kill his whole squad for dolo."

(mtv.com)
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2002, 12:00:52 PM »
This album sounds :o. I just hope it meets expectations.
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2002, 03:07:24 PM »
so why did it take so long for him to say he beefed with big?
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2002, 03:30:57 PM »
That REal Niggaz song sounds dope, i remember when kick in the door came out some said it was about Nas.......but Big and Nas had a relationship, they were just competitive and sometimes not cool....

As for the Nas, fuck everyone who jumped off his bandwagon when he signed with Murder INC!  Obviously, Nas is gonna keep it real on this one, can't believe4 he has NO IRV production!  too bad about no premo though; wonder if Extra P's tracks are making the cut.

Props to Nas, should be a great album.  While Blueprin got mixed reviews, i have a feeling NAs is gonna get some great ones.  Of course, Jigga fans will say, "But Jayz''s album was better, it sold 500000 first week"....and you know what, Nas is not gonna sell near that, not with the most hiphop oriented single i have heard in YEARS.  Sure Nas has been saying some fucked up things, but PROPS to him for making what should be another great album.  peace
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2002, 04:41:44 PM »
...damn Biggie served him on kick in the door
"One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Which road do I take?" she asked. "Where do you want to go?" was his response. "I don't know," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2002, 04:43:44 PM »
great news, i wonder wat all the hatin niggaz gonna come out with now to take shots at him
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2002, 07:33:33 PM »
Shit, I'm fucking hyped for this album now. It's sounds dope. 8)
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2002, 11:07:53 PM »
Sounds interesting, The fact he's not gonna use any of his usuall producers smellz like another self reinvention and if it is, than this album has a chance to be decent...I hope it turns out great but I can't be sure 'till the last moment.
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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2002, 06:31:02 PM »
Sounds great, but who are "all the haters" or "The hatin niggaz" ??
There isn't much Nas-haters on this board at least.. LoL
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2002, 07:11:04 PM »
the rapper relied on beats by...Saukrates...

 :o :o :o :o :o  YES!!!!!!!!!  Saukrates is a DOPE DOPE DOPE Producer!!!!  Nas on a beat by Bigg Sox! OMG I'm fuckin Hyped as hell for this album now!!!!
 

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Re:Nas Joined By Eminem, Admits Rivalry With Biggie On God's Son
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2002, 04:57:10 PM »
i wanna know how kick in the door was aimed at nas, i see nothin in the song that u can even say was aimed at nas, hows that shit relate to nas? and is nas sure it was dissin him? to me it just sounds like another biggie song