Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Across The Tracks

Nas: Hip Hop Is Dead (2006)
01.Money Over Bullshit (Prod. L.E.S. & Wyldfyer)
02.You Can't Kill Me (Prod. L.E.S. & Alvin West)
03.Carry the Tradition (Prod. Scott Storch)
04.Where Are They Now (Prod. Nas & Salaam Remi)
05.Hip Hop Is Dead (Feat. Will.I.Am) (Prod. Will.I.Am)
06.Who Killed It? (Prod. Salaam Remi & Will.I.Am)
07.Black Republican (Feat. Jay-Z) (Prod. L.E.S. & Wyldfyer)
08.Not Going Back (Feat. Kelis) (Prod. StarGate)
09.Still Dreaming (Feat. Kanye West) (Prod. Kanye West)
10.Hold Down the Block (Prod. Mark Batson)
11.Blunt Ashes (Prod. Chris Webber)
12.Let There Be Light (Feat. Tre Williams) (Prod. Kanye West)
13.Play on Playa (Feat. Snoop Dogg) (Prod. Scott Storch)
14.Can't Forget About You (Feat. Chrisette Michele) (Prod. Will.I.Am)
15.Hustlers (Feat. The Game & Marsha Ambrosius) (Prod. Dr. Dre)
16.Hope (Feat. Chrisette Michele) (Acapella)

This is according to ITUNES, where, if you pre-order the album, you can have access to the bonus track, "Shine On."

To read early reports of some of these songs, many have been discussed in early press coverage. One in particular that was covered but is missing all of a sudden is White Man's Paper, produced by Afrykan and featuring Damian Marley. Take your guess as to why it got cut.

Finally, so as to not leave you empty-handed, here is a very early Nas verse that I was passed along. It sounds like a first draft of Live at the Barbeque almost.

Nas assassinates the pope with a scope
I mutilate mics till my voice box is broke
Try to battle me and gag for breath
Words I speak is a step beyond death
Nas: Nasty Nas verse


Anonymous Ericj94 said...

I know I never reall believed the rumors or the hype. But it still hurts to find out that there is no Just Blaze or Premo on the album...

December 05, 2006 10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good looks on the tracklist and i got to agree with the other poster. im kinda dissapointed that just blaze/premo aren't on the album.

December 05, 2006 10:10 AM  
Anonymous eskay said...

So The N/Don't Hate Me didn't make it either huh. I'm surprised there's no Just Blaze production. I heard from a very reliable source that they worked together on a joint.

December 05, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Fletch said...

Yeah, Nas said, going back to Clue's show a month or so back, that The N was just a mixtape look, so that honestly doesn't surprise me. (Apparently, it might be a UK bonus track, who knows.)

Just Blaze? Well, maybe it'll turn up on Saigon's album.

December 05, 2006 10:22 AM  
Anonymous eskay said...

>>Yeah, Nas said, going back to Clue's show a month or so back, that The N was just a mixtape look

Oh ok, now I think I remember him saying that about the N too.

December 05, 2006 10:31 AM  
Anonymous st top dude said...

i'm kind of intrigued by the acapella

December 05, 2006 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just blaze not being on there does not suprise me, but there being no Primo track is kind of a let down for me. But I'm greatly anticipating the track with L.E.S (there chemistry is so nice together)

December 05, 2006 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any advance leaks of this album? soulseek, ares or torrent wise? what i hear so far is very immpressive. esp. the will.i.am. tracks. i forgot what awards show i seen him at, but when he won an award with BEP he shouted "get at me for those beats"; hes definetly nice on the boards (ill track on game's new shit), good move by nas and co.

December 05, 2006 12:52 PM  
Anonymous nems said...

that chris webber track be scarin me. i really hope he didnt just put it on their cuz their good friends.

December 05, 2006 12:54 PM  
Anonymous libraries in the hood said...

nas is the poor man's jay-z or perhaps the other way around. its a shame that success in this business or at least the sales goal nas is trying to reach are gonna be incredibly hard with no catchy hooks like hov and speedboat racing. but he's like marty scorsese. he's proven himself time over time and he doesnt need a fcking oscar to validate that. get that money esco and and then pour cris on the haters.

December 05, 2006 1:05 PM  
Blogger Game Theory said...

Just Blaze said that he was originally putting together the horns on 'Show me What You got' for Nas, but Nas wasn't feeling what he had come up with at the time.

December 05, 2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Aegis865 said...

Lucky he gave that awful beat to Jay-Z.

Any info on that bonus track 'Shine On'?Is it the track from Blood Diamonds or what?

December 05, 2006 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Colin said...

"Shine On" could be "Shine On 'Em" off the Blood Diamond soundtrack. Or it could be "We All Shine On" featuring Jadakiss off 'Carry The Cross Chapter 2' the mixtape.

I figure it's probably the Blood Diamonds track...

Two weeks left. I'll be at the record store release day no doubt.

December 05, 2006 10:00 PM  
Blogger ian said...

"The N" not being on the album = a REALLY bad call!

December 05, 2006 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Mr T said...

Damn, Was looking forward to that Damian Marley track. Also No Premo? Damn. Anyways, looking forward to the Kanye tracks. Thanks goodness Nas didnt touch that "Show me what you got beat" Completely vile.

December 06, 2006 1:40 AM  
Blogger MIKE said...

"the n" had a horrible storch beat so i'm glad that's off. i'm disappointed at no "white man's paper" he and marley had great chemistry on "road to zion". i am also glad that nas did not get on the "show me what you got" track. for the people doubting cwebb. i heard from some dude's that went to the listening party sometime back that they were impressed by "blunt ashes" so i'm hoping they weren't drunk already.

December 06, 2006 5:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a gut instinct that Blunt Ashes is gonna have that One Mic/Purple vibe to it....

I also heard that C Webb has also ghostproduced a lot tracks for other artists. Thats just a rumor floating around though....

W/E DEC. 19 Im there at the record store....

December 06, 2006 9:50 AM  
Anonymous DennLive said...

What ever happened to the supposed Million Dollar Neptunes beat that he got by out-biddin busta rhymes, etc....
I see no Neptunes track....Anyone remember what I'm talking about?

December 06, 2006 10:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this official, or is everyone just assuming this is the tracklist because itunes has the songs up? Just wondering.
I love Nas, but he keeps breaking my heart, the two biggest things I was looking forward to were the Primo collabs that Primo talked about months ago, and the Road to Zion part two, white mans paper. Damn.

December 06, 2006 10:33 AM  
Blogger Fletch said...

The Neptunes million dollar beat has and always will be a rumor. It was created by a fan on the old Nas boards (Stu).

This tracklisting got confirmed by an in-the-know Def Jam employee, if ITUNES isn't enough proof.

And the producer of the White Man's Paper song confirmed it got cut, though he claims he wasn't so much as given a reason why . . . sample issue or politics are the two best guesses thus far.

December 06, 2006 10:37 AM  
Blogger Renato Pagnani said...

Mike, "The N" is produced by Salaam Remi and not Scott Storch. I like the track, and the beat is cool too. Too bad it didn't make the cut.

December 06, 2006 11:02 AM  
Anonymous iLL Change said...

in the iTunes summary of the album, it says something about a track "You Mean The World To Me." i think i saw it on earlier tracklists, but its missing from this one. i wish Preemo was on the album and that joint wit Damian Marley was still there, but i guess its not happening. i'm not gonna pre-order tho, i'll be in the store on the 19th to get my copy.

December 06, 2006 12:18 PM  
Anonymous flinttown said...

No Ether 2??

December 06, 2006 12:55 PM  
Blogger neo said...

I think it's a good thing that different tracklists have popped up. Hopefully it'll detract leakers a bit before the album actually drops..

December 06, 2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the different tracklist are to throw off bootleggers. As for the missing tracks"LOST TAPES 2"!!!

December 06, 2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger Fletch said...

Lost Tapes 2 is rumored to come in Spring 07. However, I think it will largely be a solo Sony venture, i.e., I doubt any cutting room HHID material will make it. I would expect it more to be based around everything from God's Son to before Nas signed with Def Jam, so "Nasdaq Down Jones."

December 06, 2006 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Zimbabwe01 said...

Looking forward to the nu Nas....primo is seen his days, same as Pete Rock ..need new blood... both shined on illmatic but now its a new era....However kinda putoff by Nas's inconsistency and trying to please across all audiences...kinda waters down his overall efforts..

December 06, 2006 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Colin said...

Chris Webber has ghost-produced for years, that isn't a rumour. How much he's done and how good it is is unknown though? In a issue of SLAM from a few years ago C-Webb mentioned that he had been producing for others for a few years. He's probably got at least 4 years of experience.

I'm glad "The N" didn't make the cut. It wasn't a bad track, it was just...average. I can't see it adding anything to the album.

December 06, 2006 5:12 PM  
Blogger Fletch said...

So as this tracklisting proved to be the final official word, some fallout remains over certain tracks that didn't make it along. Here's a little summary of the circumstances of the unreleased.

You got Where Y'all At, which came out during the summer, produced by Salaam Remi.

The N / Don't Hate Me Now also is, for now, strictly in mixtape land, although that was apparently Nas' plan throughout.

Then there's an alternative (and worse) beat to Hustlers; differences in the clean & dirty editions of the title track; and slight changes with the production on Black Republican.

You have a couple Nasdaq Jones before-Nas-signed-with-Def-Jam tracks, like Death Anniversary. (Nas confirmed that Death Anniversary is missing a third verse actually, but the rest of the world hasn't heard it.) Some have also said that I Already Know, produced by Tim & Bob, is another such song.

Shine On Em / Blood Diamond was written specifically for the movie of the same name, but I have a feeling a couple people will throw it on their editions of HHID. This also might be the ITUNES bonus track if you pre-order.

White Man's Paper is probably the most currently infamous example of a song that was discussed (heavily) in press but didn't make the cut. Although I don't why it didn't, some possible reasons could be: 1.Too Controversial; 2.Didn't fit it with the overall concept of the album; 3.Couldn't clear the sample (Bob Marley's War).

Kanye was supposed to have a third song, You Mean The World To Me.

Will.I.Am had once told MTV he did four, but we only ended up with three.

Just Blaze, Timbaland, and Swizz Beatz were rumored at times.

I was also told, from a source I trust, that Nas had written / was writing something for a beat that sampled Billy Paul's Me And Mrs. Jones.

Rough Around The Edges f/ Busta Rhymes is unreleased, but that was cut from The Big Bang and probably not up to Nas as to where it went.

FADER described an unknown Salaam Remi concoction, "Over SR's huge, mega, 'We Will Rock You'-sized drums and stadium anthem strings, Nas lists everyone who he's not psyched on, and it's not pretty. Nas would like to send a big 'Fuck You' to the following people, in no particular order: niggas, bitches, snitches, niggas, crackas, judges, losers, cowards, etc." Although some initially thought otherwise, this, according to FADER's music editor, was not The N. (It might be the mysterious "New York Stomp" though.)

There's a Lost Tapes 2 rumored to be released by Sony in the spring of 07. However, I think that will most likely only encompass material from God's Son to Nasdaq Dow Jones, i.e., before Nas went to Def Jam.

December 16, 2006 2:43 AM  

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