"Hip Hop Is Dead" as written by Douglas Ingle, Nasir Jones, Will Adams and Jeremiah Lordan....
If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

Hip hop just died this mornin'
And she's dead, she's dead

Yeah, niggaz smoke, laugh, party, and die in the same corner
Get cash, live fast, body their man's mama
Rich-ass niggaz is ridin' with three llamas
Revenge in their eyes, Hennessey and the ganja
Word to the wise with villain state of minds
Grindin', hittin' Brazilian dimes from behind
Grindin', hittin' Brazilian dimes from behind
(Grindin', hittin' Brazilian dimes from behind)
Whenever, if ever, I roll up, it's sown up
Any ghetto will tell ya Nas helped grow us up
My face once graced promotional Sony trucks
Hundred million in billin', I helped build 'em up
Gave my nigga my right, I could have gave left
So like my girl Foxy, a nigga went Def
So, nigga, who's your top ten?
Is it MC Shan?
Is it MC Ren?

If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

Hip hop just died this mornin'
And she's dead, she's dead

The bigger the cap, the bigger the peelin'
Come through, something ill, missin' the ceilin'
What influenced my raps? Stick-ups and killings
Kidnappings, project buildings, drug dealings
Criticize that, why is that?
'Cuz Nas rap is compared to legitimized crap
'Cuz we love to talk on ass we gettin'
Most intellectuals will only half listen
So you can't blame jazz musicians
Or David Stern with his NBA fashion issues
Oh, I they like me in my white tee
You can't ice me, we here for life, B
On my second marriage, hip hop's my first wifey
And for that we not takin' it lightly
If hip hop should die, we die together
Bodies in the morgue lie together
All together now

If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

If hip hop should die before I wake
I'll put an extended clip inside of my AK
Roll to every station, murder the DJ
Roll to every station, murder the DJ

Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game
Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business
If it got where it started
So we all gather here for the dearly departed
Hip hopper since a toddler
One homeboy became a man then a mobster
If the guys let me get my last swig of Vodka
R.I.P., we'll donate your lungs to a Rasta
Went from turntables to mp3s
From "Beat Street" to commercials on Mickey D's
From gold cables to Jacobs
From plain facials to Botox and face lifts
I'm lookin' over my shoulder
It's about eighty niggaz from my hood that showed up
And they came to show love
Sold out concert, and the doors are closed shut


Lyrics submitted by E.I.C.

"Hip Hop Is Dead" as written by Nasir Jones Jerry Lordan

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  • +1
    General Comment"hip hop IS dead"
    unless you stick to the underground uncommercialized sh*t.
    all you hear now and buy is the commercial rap that mtv makes you hear and the radio is filled with more bull stuff then ever, once a good song is revieled from an artist it takes the radio stations exactly 3 days to compleatly kill it....

    hip hop is dead and were killin it..
    its not like it used to be the great artists comming out with unigue lyricks that make scence and reveal the meaningss too thins in stead "its chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side" REAL GEANIOUS i wounder how that got into a song?!!!

    its ridicoulus

    give me my hip hop back !!!!!!!!!!
    diehaton January 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh I think they like me - in my white tee
    You can't ice me - we here for life B

    LOL I love Nas for writing that. Because ever since that gay ass white tee song came out, every commercialized rap/black-pop song sounds just like it even to this day.
    FaithFromHellon August 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEXCELLENT single. The Illmatic Nas is back.
    digitaloutsideron December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEXCELLENT single. The Illmatic Nas is back.
    digitaloutsideron December 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat Song.
    iWin4Prepon January 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat influenced my raps? Stick ups and killings
    Kidnappings, project buildings, drug dealings
    Criticize that, why is that?
    Cuz Nas rap is compared to legitimized crap
    Cuz we love to talk on ass we gettin'
    Most intellectuals will only half listen

    i think that line is really smart and very true. i also agree with the person who said underground hip hop is still alive. someone good to listen to is quasimoto.
    noone1111111111111111111on January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not an avid hip hop listener but the lyrics in this song really stood out.
    "Everybody sound the same, commercialize the game
    Reminiscin' when it wasn't all business
    If it got where it started
    So we all gather here for the dearly departed"
    These lines sum up the message that the commercialisation of hip hop is killing it.
    Great song, I can't believe more people haven't commetned on it.
    surfnuton January 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnas speaks the truth in this song.
    and i love how he used iron butterflys garden of eden sample (influenced by apache)
    nas knows his history, and he actually can rap.
    goodincamaon January 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf hip hop should die before I wake
    I'll load an extended clip, and body 'em all day
    Roll to every station, wreck the DJ
    Roll to every station, wreck the DJ
    AubergineDrea7son March 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits sampled off iron butterfly's inna-godda-da-vida- not garden of eden... i really like this song a friend of mine wrote a poem similar to this just before this song was realeased.
    where did all the good rappers go, now we have lil' john, lil' scrappy, lil' bow wow, lil' kim, lil' flip... and the list goes on
    bshineron March 21, 2007   Link

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