All kinds of rumors started circulating last night about Nas using ghostwriters for his Untitled album. According to Dream Hampton, Untitled was “largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica.”
Earlier today Florida rapper stic.man gave his side of the story. The dead prez member states,
“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.”
Stic.man is credited as a producer on the 2008 album’s “Sly Fox,” “Untitled” and “We’re not Alone.” This news all comes just one month after the release of Nas’ eleventh full-length, Life Is Good, out now on Def Jam.
Update: Stic just added some more comments on his Facebook about the issue:
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.
Another update. stic.man spoke to Vibe today more in depth about his work with Nas on Untitled. Read here.