''I don't see how the beat can make the words sound different'' - Donn something. He said something to that effect. I know its a blanket opinion in that he is a moron but he spoke for alot of people with that. It's all well and good people pay attention to what a rapper is saying but there are more than just political/social lyrics to a song. The delivery and flow, the beat, the originality of the lyrics and the concept. No one seems to care. At least not near enough as they should. My obsevation, not just on this site but offline, is that people are willing to sacrifice every other element of a track just for that 'meaningful' bar. That bar you'll find in 500 sigs over the internet, the bar you'll find scrawled on 14million text books and murals worldwide. Immortal Tec fans seem to be able to completly ignore the fact he can't flow for shit, when he is actually trying to rap. Probably because they are too busy calling people like me ''ignorant or uneducated'' because we can't justify the lack of a dope beat, flow, delivery and a NEW FUCKING CONCEPT over some hypocritcal lyrics that are some warped version of what Nas, Mos, Ricky D, Cube, Chuck were saying right up untill 96. Personally I think Nas is still sick as fuck. I think Stillmatic, while not classic, shows he has it. I think Nastradamus was on of the most enjoyable albums I've listened to in my entire life. But it was slammed because he wouldn't dedicate it to some ''meaningful tracks that we've seen right up untill nastradamus''. (Some reveiwer he quoted in an interveiw recently) Since then everything he has put out has been fucking dire to me. Lyrics. Political and social lyrics take priority over theifs theme,Dance, LRNA, Disciple, Made you look... All 'It aint hard to tell' or 'Undying Love' calibre tracks. So Nas aint even close to fallen off. But people pass them up for Message to the Feds, Rule, UBR etc ''because they say more, they are more relavent''. So fuck the other elements that made his discography what it is? You can see he wants to naturally evolve to Theifs Theme and shit that is more typically Nas but he puts out some political crap (again contradicting himself) because people wont fucking love him otherwise. Same with Eminem and this 'SSLP' image. Encore was a genuine attmept at SSLP in my eyes. Encore on a related note was beyond dire. I've proably missed my point so here's something that might hammer it home. ''In related news, Rap giant and the father of bounce who brought you albums such as the chronic, the documentary, MMLP, 2001 and Restless, has decided to put more effort (or money) into his lyrics by replacing ghost writers such as Eminem, Snoop, Devin and Jigga with Immortal Tecnique and Nas (SD Nas) so he can appeal to their fans instead of his own. '' Bottom line, people loved Nas in 94' because he took beats and ripped them in the mannor he knows how. People loved Mos Def because he was a ''deep brother with two eyes very wide open'' along with his label mates Common and Talib Kweli who could make you nod your head. Now people hate them purely because they aren't preaching Michael Moore enough.