The fall-out of the Nas ghostwriting revelations this week has sadly, and predictably, become quite ugly.
A blog post on FWMJ’s Rappers I Know claimed that tracks from Nas’s Untitled (Nigger) album were written by Jay Electronica and Dead Prez’s stic.man; the claim appeared to be backed up by veteran hip-hop writer Dream Hampton, who Tweeted that “Nas’ Nigger album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica.” Hampton also claims to have heard reference tapes that prove this – and on the surface at least, neither have any clear reason to lie.
The claims were later denied by both stic.man and Jay Electronica, though hardly convincingly: stic.man’s description of his contributions to the album as “a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say. Haters cant discredit that man’s genuis” [sic] in particular seem to skirt around the topic. Now, according to Dream Hampton’s Twitter and Tumblr, the fall-out has got predictably ugly. Her Tumblr post on the issue reads thus:
“I began my writing career calling out Dr Dre for his misogyny. My friendship with Jay Z [who later signed Electronica, apparently with help from Hampton] on the began when I reviewed Reasonable Doubt and called Jay out for his hyper-capitalism . I was not ‘calling out’ Nas by telling the truth about dpz writing whole bars (ne songs) on Untitled. I was telling a truth to someone who thought Nas’ most radical verses were his own. They were not. I’m unsurprised that these men have circled around their lie. I’m unmoved by the misogynist threats I’m receiving in open forums (last night Just Blaze tweeted I should be “bled out”). But I am done. I may not be done talking about this (unsubscribe to my feed if you like, I reserve the right to block who the fuk I want), but I am done with hip hop and men who collude to silence women. And done with women who are happy they’re not me. Don’t worry. You could never be.”
Just Blaze has since denied that he was referring to Dream Hampton.