Allegations of rappers using ghostwriters is commonplace in Hip Hop - everyone from Diddy to Kanye West has been caught red-handed in the act. Now, however, rumors are circulating that Jay Electronica and stic.man of dead prez ghostwrote portions of Nas' acclaimed 2008 album Untitled.
Responding to a follower on Twitter yesterday, journalist Dream Hampton claimed that Jay Electronica and stic.man ghostwrote large portions of Nas' controversial LP. Later, Rappers I Know writer FWMJ Tweeted that Electronica told him in a phone conversation that he had written Untitled's celebrated opener "Queens Get the Money," to which Hampton responded that she heard five additional reference tracks.
Stic.man also weighed in on the rumors today through his Facebook. He called Nas "one of the...most prolific original lyricist[s]" in the genre and described their work together as a collaboration rather than ghostwriting. He later Tweeted at Nas, disregarding Hampton's allegations and saying "your work speaks for itself."
"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," he wrote. "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."
Nas has yet to release a statement on the matter. DX will keep you updated as more information comes to light.