Date: December 2006

When Nas started putting together his eighth solo album, he wanted to make a big statement with the title. He decided to call it Hip Hop Is Dead, explained that he wasn't just talking about rap music with the title. "There is no political voice," he said at the time. "Music is dead...Our way of thinking is dead. Our commerce is dead. Everything in this society has been done... I think hip-hop could help rebuild America, once hip-hoppers own hip-hop... We are our own politicians, our own government. We have something to say." On the album, Nas showed that he had plenty to say.