Earlier this week, the internet was in a frenzy when author Dream Hampton, and Frank Miller Jr. of Rappers I Know, made claims that Nas used ghostwriters on his 2008 album Untitled. Hampton alleged that Jay Electronica and stic.man of dead prez wrote most of Nas’ Untitled, while Miller Jr. claimed he only knew of one track that Jay Elec wrote for the LP.
When the of the ghostwriter claims were made by the two, stic.man took to his Facebook page and addressed the allegations. At the time stic said: “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.” Now the dead prez rep elaborates on the claims of ghostwriting for Nas.
In a recent interview with Vibe, stic.man of dead prez goes into more detail about the ghostwriting claims made by Dream Hampton and Frank Miller Jr., as he says:
“At the end of the day, I just feel like the people who are saying different things about the process of how that record was created I’m wondering, where were you at?. To be totally honest, me and M1 went to Cali at the request of Nas. And we would be in the studio together working on stuff with nobody else there except Nas, who would come in and leave. I think people are making assumptions because of the content of the record. It’s gone from the collaboration that we did with Nas, which involved producing, idea exchanging and writing hooks, which is one thing, to us being ghostwriters.”
“To me, ghostwriting, as far as I know, is hiring somebody to write words for you to actually say. That didn’t happen. The way we got hired for Nas’ project wasn’t clear up front. M1 was in L.A. before I came to L.A. and he was like, ‘Nas wants to bring you out here to work on this project.’ I remembered thinking we were just going to do a song together. But I later found out we were there to work in general: production, writing and ideas to help develop some of the songs on the album. So of course I’m thinking, ‘It’s called the Nigger album so that means you want dead prez type songs together, right?’ But it was revealed to me that Nas wasn’t looking for that. He didn’t want us to rap. He wanted help with beats and concepts. And that surprised me because I’m thinking, ‘You want beats??? Of all the people to make beats for, you want us to make beats?” I was like, ‘Wow.’”