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Nas - Hero (Single)
Posted by Administrator at Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Nas f/ Keri Hilson
Title: Hero
Label: Columbia Records

Something magic happened the night Nasir Jones met Polow Da Don in the studio. There's no question the two come from different rap backgrounds and styles, let alone completely different generations, but this track is as epic as anything on "Illmatic" or "Hip Hop Is Dead." Polow's beat goes old school with a tinkling electronic backdrop from the days of Afrika Bambaataa yet switches to new school with heavy synth change-ups and a bass drop designed to rupture even the best designed woofer box. This would be for naught if Nas wasn't spitting fire, but there's no question he was feeling the beat when he wrote these raps: "This universal apartheid/I'm hog-tied, the corporate side/Blocking y'all from going to stores and buying it/First L.A. and Doug Morris was riding wit it/But Newsweek article startled big wigs they said, Nas, why is he trying it?/My lawyers only see the Billboard charts as winning/Forgetting - Nas the only true rebel since the beginning/Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow/Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel they can't sing what's in their soul/So UNTITLED it is." Nas may or may not be your "Hero" but after hearing this song he's STILL mine.

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