As the rumor mill continues to roll with the talks of the presence of ghostwriting on Nas’ 2008 Untitled album, many are starting to question and joke about the veteran’s skills. However, both Stic.Man of Dead Prez and Jay Electronica have come to his aid, releasing statements on Facebook and Twitter respectively.
“Nas is one of the Greatest Ever,” Jay Electronic tweeted to his followers. ‘Never has and never will need a ghostwriter. that man’s pen and legacy is without question”
Stic. Man released a longer statement saying, “As far as the rumors about myself and jay electronika ghost writing for Nas, let me say this. Nas is one of the if not the most prolific original lyricist to EVER do it. My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say. Haters cant discredit that man's genuis. Nas is the Don.”
He later followed up with, addressing Dream Hampton’s tweet directly, stating:
Dream Hampton. I certainly don't mean to call u a hater. I am just being brought up to speed about your tweet. I heard the "rumors" from other tweets and a few emails from fans. I still haven't read your tweet. So my statement was just being clear on how I felt about the collab. That was a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most influential emcees to my own personal flow and craft. I can't speak on what Jay and Nas collab was cause I wasn't there and that's there business. Both of those cats are awesome lyricists in my opinion. But for me I was just a white belt that answered the call for a session with a master of the craft. And I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing. Not because Nas "needed" me lol...Again I was just honored to get the call. Nas new album Life is Good is lyrically magnificent and his skills have always spoken for them self. So that's just my view I respect that folks may field different ways about it. Just clarifying my position.
And I referred to it as a "rumor" because obviously no one of the people talking about it were present in the session. So people can sometimes think they know but weren't present so they speak on what they think as opposed to being there.
The rumor started earlier this week after Dream Hampton tweeted Untilted was “largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica.” Since then, people have been looking to “Queens Get the Money” in particular for a comparison in terms of Jay Electronica. Stic. Man is credited as a producer on “Sly Fox,” “Untitled” and “We’re not Alone.” Nas later denied the rumors himself in an interview on Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Los Angeles’ Power 106.
Check out the video below. Do you believe them or the hype?