Rapper stic.man of dead prez has stepped forward to speak on new rumors and gossip which claim Nas utilized his pen hand and Roc Nation's Jay Electronica to help ghostwrite 2008's Untitled album.
Stic.man took to his Facebook page to defend Nas' image in light of the rumors.
"As far as the rumors about myself and jay electronika ghost writing for Nas, let me say this. Nas is one of the if not the most prolific original lyricist to EVER do it. My contributions to his album was a collaboration and an honor and under his direction of what he wanted to convey and say. Haters cant discredit that man's genuis. Nas is the Don. [sic]" (Facebook)
He also sent some choice words to renowned music reporter dream hampton who reportedly contributed to the Internet frenzy.
"Dream Hampton. I certainly don't mean to call u a hater. I am just being brought up to speed about your tweet. I heard the "rumors" from other tweets and a few emails from fans. I still haven't read your tweet. So my statement was just being clear on how I felt about the collab. That was a great opportunity for me to work with one of the most influential emcees to my own personal flow and craft. I can't speak on what Jay and Nas collab was cause I wasn't there and that's there business. Both of those cats are awesome lyricists in my opinion. But for me I was just a white belt that answered the call for a session with a master of the craft. And I assisted where it was requested with ideas, beats and some writing. Not because Nas "needed" me lol...Again I was just honored to get the call. Nas new album Life is Good is lyrically magnificent and his skills have always spoken for them self. So that's just my view I respect that folks may field different ways about it. Just clarifying my position. And I referred to it as a "rumor" because obviously no one of the people talking about it were present in the session. So people can sometimes think they know but weren't present so they speak on what they think as opposed to being there. [sic]" (Facebook)
Recent reports suggested Jay-Z may have had Electronica tagged to help pen Nas' LP.
Frank Miller Jr., who runs the website Rappers I Know, has specifically recounted a conversation with Jay Electronica, claiming that Elec was commission by then-Def Jam president Jay-Z to ghostwrite for the storied Queens MC. Miller felt letdown by Electronica's revelation that he specifically penned the track "Queens Get The Money," mirroring the reaction many fans experienced once these accusations started spreading on Twitter on August 13. "The day Jay called me at work to tell me he was ghostwriting for Nas was a hard day for me," he wrote, adding that he was also happy to see the rapper, who is clearly influenced by Nas, rising through the rap world. (RapFix)
Writer dream hampton took to Twitter to claim stic.man and Jay Elect played large roles.
"I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas' "N*gger" album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica @JustAire" (dream hampton's Twitter)
Dame Dash Talks New Aaliyah's Album
Late R&B singer Aaliyah's former romantic interest Damon "Dame" Dash has reacted to the news of Young Money's Drake helming an upcoming posthumous album release nearly 12 years since her passing.
Along with co-signing the LP, Dame considered whether or not he could see himself getting involved."Anytime I can hear her voice, that's a good thing. And anyone that respected her enough to make a record with her, I appreciate ya'll," he said. "I haven't heard the record, but I appreciate the art of it. I love hearing her voice. I hope it's something that I haven't heard before." When asked if he'd like to lend a hand in assisting with the project if offered, Dame wrestled with the idea. "That's interesting. I didn't know that," he said to the news of a posthumous album. "It depends on how he [Drake] wants me to help. I don't know what I could bring to the table there, but yeah I would do it. Anything involving Aaliyah and it's positive and the energy [is] right with it, I would be a part of it. My love for Aaliyah will never change." (The Juice)
While Dame's involvement may be in the air, music stars Timbaland and Missy Elliott will not take part in the LP."Although Missy and Timbaland always strive to keep the memory of their close friend alive, we have not been contacted about the project nor are there any plans at this time to participate," Mona Scott-Young, longtime manager for Missy Elliott, says. "We've seen the reports surfacing that they have been confirmed to participate but that is not the case. Both Missy and Timbaland are very sensitive to the loss still being felt by the family so we wanted to clear up any misinformation being circulated." (Billboard)
Last week, Drake broke the news of his connection to the posthumous release."People should be really excited. People thought it was my single; it's not my single. It's all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding and 40's just doing some incredible, some incredible music right now," Drake revealed in an interview. "To get 13, 14 new Aaliyah songs, everybody should be excited. It's not about me. It's not about 40. It's about her and her fans and us just getting the opportunity to give you something that we feel is great. And the people around her, everybody from her family to her old management and label, were like, 'If there's anyone out that can do it right now, it's [you] and 40.' And that was an honor and we're going to pull in some classic people, anybody who used to work with Aaliyah that was essential in her career we definitely hope to have them involved. So it's great. You get a new Aaliyah album this year on top of everything." (Much Music)
Last summer, Dash delved into his short-lived romance with the singer."The energy we created together for people to observe was kind of crazy. We'd be in a room full of people talking to each other and it felt like everyone was listening but it would be just us," Dame explained in an interview. "It would be like we were the only ones in the room. It was like something was going down in history every time I was with her. Every time I was around her I felt it was the place to be. Our time together meant so much that when we got more time, we felt like that [engagement] would be next. She was one of the best people I ever met. Even with the pain I felt, I would do it all over again."
Chad Talks Arrest!
NFL player Chad Ochocinco has released a statement on the events which took place roughly 72 hours ago and cost him a spot on the Miami Dolphins, a reality show and possibly his wife Evelyn Lozada.
Despite reports of Lozada seeking a divorce, Ochocinco proclaimed his love for the reality star.
It's been a nightmare couple of days since Chad Johnson was arrested for alleged domestic assault against wife Evelyn Lozada. The wideout was released by the Dolphins, his reality television show was canceled and Lozada announced she's filing for divorce. On Tuesday, Johnson issued an apology for "recent events" and didn't refute Lozada's claim from earlier in the day that he "made false accusations against" her. "I would like to apologize to everyone for the recent events that have occurred. I would like to wish Evelyn well and will never say anything bad about her because I truly love her to death," Johnson said in a statement. "I will continue to be positive and train hard for another opportunity in the NFL. To all the fans and supporters I have disappointed, you have my sincerest apologies. I will stay positive and get through this tough period in my life." (CBS Sports)
Earlier in the day, Evelyn released her own statement and scolded Ocho.
"It is with great sadness and much trepidation that I release this statement addressing the domestic violence incident that happened this past Saturday. I am deeply disappointed that Chad has failed to take responsibility for his actions and made false accusations against me, it is my sincere hope that he seeks the help he needs to overcome his troubles. Domestic violence is not okay and hopefully my taking a stand will help encourage other women to break their silence as well. I'm grateful to my family, friends and fans for the outpouring of support during this difficult time." (USA Today)
Her remarks came a day after VH1 pulled the plug on the now-nixed "Ev and Ocho" reality show.
VH1 scrapped plans to produce a reality show series based on Chad Johnson's marriage to reality star Evelyn Lozada, who appeared on the network's "Basketball Wives" series. "Due to the unfortunate events over the weekend and the seriousness of the allegations, VH1 is pulling the series Ev and Ocho from its schedule and has no current plans of airing it," the network said in a statement. (Chicago Tribune)