He, again, is a superior songwriter. Which will account for the difference in career material. Jay has the superior catalog for a reason. Sure they do. See: Mary J. Blige and Outkast a few years ago. You don't think Blacks comprise 2 million members of the music-buying public? I know full well that the average Rap fan is white. What I'm telling you though is that Nas doesn't show up on the average White kids radar. You and I both know that. You're using the debut because you, yourself, realize that looking at their careers as a whole puts Nas at a disadvantage. That's common sense Kon. That's why marketing budgets are operating at well over a million dollars now because the market's oversaturated making it more difficult for artists to sell. There's simply too much to pick from. No excuses though. Jay's first record wasn't a dynamo sales-wise. There I've said it. Now, the moment I start talking career sales you'll tell me they don't matter... I'm guessing you didn't hear Pun's verse... Shameful. Outdone by Eminem and Scarface. *Snickering* Is that the best you can do? You're stooping now Kon.