But didn't Nas say hip-hop was dead, like, YEARS ago?
First of all, Nas prognostic abilities are not exactly legendary, as anyone who heard Nastradamus knows. Secondly, he's already retracted the troll-bait title of his 2006 album. "It died several times, but I do believe in the heartbeat of it right now," Nas said of hip-hop in a 2010 interview with the Wall Street Journal. "There are a lot of new artists, and artists that have been around, who are kicking ass right now."
As if to drive home the point, he released Life Is Good in 2012, his best album in almost a decade. But really, in the end, this argument is usually used by those who want hip-hop to same stay the same, to stagnate, to remain frozen in amber like a museum piece. To us, that would be a true sign of death. Right, jazz, classical, and rock-n-roll fans?