Nas using ghostwriters? Well Frank Miller Jr., of Rappers I Know, and author Dream Hampton believe it to be true.
Miller Jr. recently spoke out out about a conversation he had with Jay Electronica, and says Elec told him that he was hired by former Def Jam president Jay-Z to ghostwrite for Nas and he wrote the track “Queens Get The Money” as Miller Jr. explains on his RIK website (you can read the full article about Nas’ ghostwriting [here]:
“Autumn, but maybe Winter, 2007 was a weird time of life for me. I was one and a half years into my 4 year stint at HOT 97 where I would low key plot on how to somehow have whatever “backpacking” rapper I liked that quarter getting 150 spins a week (hey, I was young and naive, and didn’t understand what Radio Business was actually about). One of the gods had fallen.
The day Jay called me at work to tell me he was ghostwriting for Nas was a hard day for me. On one hand, I was happy that a friend of mine that seemingly no one cared an iota for a year or two prior was quickly ascending through the ranks of hip hop as a voice to pay attention to and a career in the making to watch. Earlier that summer we’d posted and artworked Act I and word was quickly spreading that he was a one to watch. Not too long after began that yearly teasing at Christmastime that Act II: The Pledge would be dropping for free as a download that would surely overload my server and shut down my site from traffic. It’s 2013 and we’re still waiting.”
Author Dream Hampton has the same thoughts as Miller Jr. of Nas of using ghostwriters as she also claims Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica wrote Nas’ Untitled album.
I think Jay writes what he believes. Nas’ “N**ger” album was largely written by Stic of dead prez and Jay Electronica @JusAire
@JusAire, who Hampton tweeted to in her claim about Nas using ghostwriters, gives a theory on why it could be true as she tweets:
@dreamhampton Is Jay really that concerned with losing $ that he cant just say “Fuck my image” and make an Untitled (N**ger album) like Nas?
Miller Jr. tweeted about his claims of Jay Electronica writing “Queens Get The Money”:
i only know about queens get the money, no clue about the rest of the album RT @BIG_controversy: @fwmj I just listened to “stay” 4x in a…
Hampton responded to Miller Jr., as she tweeted:
@fwmj you only got a phone call. I heard reference tapes for like, 6 songs. I shed thug tears too. He’s a Virgo, and one of my faves.
Stic of dead prez addressed Hampton’s claims as he took to his Facebook page and explained anything he wrote for Nas was a collaboration done under Nas’ direction:
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.
Last week, during an interview on Big Boy’s Neighborhood (via MTV), Nas is asked if he has ever used ghostwriters, and he denies all claims, as he said:
“No, you know who is my ghostwriter? My friends, people I meet on the street. People say something and I get something from that. Somebody will say something and that sparks something in me.”
Watch Nas’ interview with Big Boy where he speaks on ghostwriters, below:
Update: Jay Electronica took to Twitter, and addresses the claims of writing for Nas.
View the tweet from Elec, below: