Two of Nas’ albums in his storied catalog reached milestones in December 2016, with Stillmatic turning 15 years old and Hip Hop Is Dead turning 10. While the former is revered for a return to form for the Queens legend, the latter is known for its somewhat controversial title.
That is, until his ninth, untitled album arrived in 2008.
Now, Mass Appeal has revisited Nas’ eighth studio album in this documentary, “Celebrating A Decade Of Hip Hop is Dead.” Collaborating with Google Music, the documentary — which follows their rather excellent documentary on De La Soul — is broken down into four parts: the album title, its lead single, Nas’ first collaboration with JAY Z (“Black Republicans”) following their epic war of words, and its place in hip hop history.
The entire documentary can be seen below.
The Inspiration Behind Hip Hop is Dead
The Story Behind The Lead Single
The Creation of “Black Republican”
The Past, Present, & Future