Nas Admits His Brother Gave Him Lines For "One Mic" (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) The speculation surrounding whether Nas has ever needed helped writing lyrics has been swirling through Hip Hop circles for years. Journalist Dream Hampton’s assertion that the Queens legend used fellow emcees Jay Electronica and to pen parts of his Untitled album was hit with backlash from the culture. Nas even addressed those rumors on his latest single “The Season.”

[ALSO READ: Nas Addresses Rumors He Has Used Ghostwriters On New Track “The Season”]

On the track Nas also spit “Jungle the only brother I take s**t from.” He went into further detail on how his younger brother helped him write one of the biggest records of his career at a recent concert. During his show at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, Nas told the crowd that Jungle offered an assist on his classic Stillmatic track “One Mic.”

Nas said:

Year after Year. Another album after another album. Record company bulls**t. Life. So I couldn’t write. I listened to what he said, and he gave me the first four lines and then I took it from there. My brother said this – he’s not a rapper, “All I need is one mic…”

[ALSO READ: 10 Reasons Why Nas Is Better Than Jay Z AND Vice Versa]

Watch Nas’s FFF speech and the video for “One Mic” below.

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65 Responses to “Nas Admits His Brother Gave Him Lines For "One Mic" (VIDEO)”

  1. drac215

    Thanks jungle!!! Its ok on that one cause he knows his brother and where he would take that song. my brothers keeper!!! God bless

      • Tiffany Rayne

        Again, how so? He never said Jungle took a pen and wrote the song literally. He was basically saying his brother gave him inspiration at a time when he was low on inspiration and couldn’t really find any to write. Y’all suppose to be men and Hip Hop knowledgeable. Yet a woman knows better and has to remind y’all not to get caught up in the hype of a tag line. What’s ironic is, y’all going hard on Nas, when the “rappers” y’all make famous right now don’t do nothing for themselves. They got writing pools and image handlers that create their entire existence, But folks upset that Nas got some profound insight from his bloodline. I’m just saying.

      • GoHard4u2

        The black clouds over the hood, I’m on the corner with the thugs

        Late night under the moon as they assume I’m slanging drugs

        Cause I’m hooded up, thought a G a night wasn’t good enough

        Pushed my luck, yo they had a brother put in cuffs

        Luckily, made it out of court comfortably

        Judge said I need a job ain’t nothing coming free

        Could’ve got a one to three

        I try to school these shorties under me

        but they can’t see

        From life to death

        so know we back to where we never left the ghetto

        It’s a damn shame, knowing it’s a man’s game

        Shorty thinks it’s time to make ya plans change

        All that running round trying to chase

        what’s already here – been there, it’s going nowhere

        Pops told me knuckle up – no fear

        I wish some of these killings

        they could be prevented

        whatever happens it was written

        meaning God meant it

        but during ya life you put ya heart in it

        even though it seems we being targeted

        let that brother R hit it

      • RonRico Jones

        Agreed. But what does being a man have to do with the conversation? Testicles don’t give you any extra insight into anyone’s creative process. Should I assume a woman knows more about R&B? I’m not trying to “go at you”, just posing a question.

      • GoHard4u2


        Low profile, rap style, slick as Nu Nile

        Give the crew pounds everytime we cover new grounds

        Still surviving but there’s a few down, back in the essence

        I’m asking questions on the phone, with jail adolescents

        Quiet confession, the system’s applying the pressure

        My mind is guessing, is living and dying a lesson?

        But not to be obliged with the mirage

        of cars taking you off track

        from with the gods focus on hard

        Laid up smoking cigars

        Motioning maids to bring me toast and eggs

        Kosher, ice chokers and wolves to smoke ya

        my wisdom culture lives in ultra madness

        devoted coach bag bitch

        broke the average nigga’s hopes to get mad rich

        But what’s the purpose

        Only the Gods can watch the Earth twist

        I’m physically trapped down on the surface

        with all the crack merchants

        snakes and serpents

        foul jakes the searches

        clowns with four pounds this ain’t a circus

        [Chorus: R. Kelly]

        Street dreamer

        Oh mercy mercy me

        Ain’t nothing I got for ya

        Situations gettin heavy

        Heavy, heavy

        Trying to be a gangster

    • GoHard4u2

      “Nas is like..” Sex to a nympho, but nothin sweet
      I’m like beef, bustin heat through your windows
      I’m like a street sweeper, greenleaf reaper
      Like Greeks in Egypt, learnin somethin deep from they teachers
      I’m like crime, like your nine, your man you would die for
      Always got you, I’m like Pop Duke you would cry for
      I’m like a whole lot of loot, I’m like crisp money
      Corporate accounts from a rich company
      I’m like ecstasy for ladies, I’m like all races
      combined in one man; like the ’99 summer jam
      Bulletproof Hummer man
      I’m like being locked down around new faces, and none of em fam’
      I’m the feelin of a millionaire spendin a hundred grand
      I’m a poor man’s dream, a thug poet
      Live it, and I write down and I watch it blow up
      Y’all know what I’m like, y’all play it your system every night

      • Celz

        Alright bro chill with the copy and paste… Ya ctrl key about to break..

    • that dude

      Hahahaa. Nice. These dudes be reaching. I remember Jay Z once saying they was in the car snapping on each other and his man Juan said “Nigga, you still paying toll at the toll booth, step your game up I gotta EZ PASS”, and I know y’all know Jay killed that line in a song. If some of you don’t think most of what these rappers are saying are from mostly other funny dudes from their hood or that they be around, y’all are sadly mistaken. Fabolous does this all the time. So does Cam’Ron. And so did Big L.

      • Brooklyn Stoop

        I dont know bout the EZ pass line but i know the finish your food line came from one of jays associates. preemo said he gave nas some lines for ether. alot of the camel stuff i think

      • that dude

        I read that in one of Jays earlier interviews. True story. Preem fucked up for that, ain’t he from BK? Hahahaha. That’s crazy. But Preem is Nas dude tho. Especially for that, that’s the first time I heard that. Wait, Ron Brows did that beat tho….

      • TheAfroRican

        I thought Jaz-O gave Nas some Ether lines. That’s hilarious if Preemo actually did that. Yeah, Ron Brows produced the track.

        btw, Premier is from Houston but resided in BK.

      • that dude

        Originally, I knew that. But that last 15-20 years, BK. Jaz -O did say Nas was talkin’ #FACTS. A lot of dudes say Nas made a lot of that shit up, which I don’t know how?

      • Celz

        Ether was mostly name callin bro.. Still love the song it was raw emotional in the opposite of Drake emotional.. I love it.. Just think Jay won cuz Takeover was more of the thinking man’s game.. Best battle ever is Beans vs Kiss tho

      • Celz

        Pull up the lyrics and read them lol… I sound stupid because you forgot the lyrics to the song

      • TheAfroRican

        Nah, it’s Houston. He always talks about being from there and his mom is a professor at Prairie View A&M, which is right outside Houston.

      • SBRon

        I’m sure you’re right. I read it was Dallas, way back at the time of GangStarr’s first album. Goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read…

      • SBRon

        A little different to take subject matter and create bars, than to actually have someone else write and then give you those bars…?

    • Tiffany Rayne

      How so? He was just saying he got inspiration from his brother at a time he couldn’t really write (for obvious reasons). You’re a fool of you think nobody gets help creating something. Let me rephrase that, bringing their vision to manifestation. He’s not saying Jungle wrote the song literally, but gave him the idea to pull it off. And clearly he said Jungle said some profound things in the convos they had and used that as template to craft the song.

    • GoHard4u2

      “Nas is like..” Earth Wind & Fire, rims and tires
      Bulletproof glass, inside is the realest driver
      Planets in orbit, line em up with the stars
      Tarot cards, you can see the pharaoh Nas
      “Nas is like..” Iron Mike, messiah type
      Before the Christ, after the death
      The last one left, let my cash invest in stock
      Came a along way from blastin, techs on blocks
      Went from Seiko to Rolex, ownin acres
      From the projects with no chips, to large cake dough
      Dimes, givin fellatio, siete zeros
      Bet my nine spit for the pesos
      But what’s it all worth, can’t take it when you under this Earth
      Rich men died and tried, but none of it worked
      They just rob your grave, I’d rather be alive and paid
      Before my number’s called, history’s made
      Some’ll fall, but I rise, thug or die
      Makin choices, that determine my future under the sky
      To rob steal or kill, I’m wondering why
      It’s a dirty game, is any man worthy of fame?
      Much to success to ya, even if you wish me the opposite
      Sooner or later we’ll all see who the prophet is

  2. $18916246

    This is petty, Most recording artist when associated with recording labels are persuaded to compose songs, particularly singles in a way that the record company sees fit. Years ago and I’m talking about going back to the 50’s the often melodic backgrounds sang by hired session back up singers were totally the labels choice. In some case even the entire musical arrangement and composition is the labels idea. As the artist view of the song and how it should be presented to the public is totally different from what the label wants. This also sometimes done so the the label could obtain creative credit of a artist pre-composed work i.e. publishing and production credits. Song writing today, rappers/mc’s writing lyrics to to songs often don’t include the hooks we hear on the finished product. Music producers, band members, group members who may not even have a lead role come up with catchy hooks that the lead artist often use. So rarely is the recording process solely composed by just the lead recording artist. I have many other references more extreme steps taken by labels that include someone else totally recording the final released song all together say if the artist was on an extended tour and the label needs new music turned out on an artist…yeah there are some crazy label pushed scenarios out there. I don’t doubt the integrity of NAS’ creative ability but many of today’s accomplished recording acts heavily rely on gimmicks and would love to tarnish the name or work ethic of such a well known and accomplished MC as lyricism is not a strong suit for many popular HIP-POP recording artist today.

  3. docjambeats

    Nas is one of the greatest emcee’s and most prolific writers of all-time. That lil sht ain’t hurting his credibility in the least bit, and that’s why he can admit it. The whole Stillmatic album is CLASSIC! Who cares if his brother gave him a few line.

  4. Markus

    Being inspired by your people to create something is cool. Dude also came clean about how it went down so i won’t him over the fire for it. He’s still Top 5 dead or alive with or without those four bars.

  5. Dave Williams

    whats wrong with someone writing a rhyme or two? that’s Hip Hop. LL Cool J wrote a rhyme for MC Lyte. who cares Nas is one of the best Emcees Period .

    • that dude

      Let’s not even go there homie. You’ll get Ethered typing diss lines from your favorite MC. Hahaha, just sayin’ Let’s stay on topic here.

      • SBRon

        HaHa! I feel you, but that would be Kris Parker. Besides, there’s really nothing left to say after that bar…

      • that dude

        KRS is my dude. I’m so glad you said he’s your favorite. He’s also a super Nas fan and said Nas killed Jay Z. Nuff said. Touche’.

      • SBRon

        That’s equivalent to McCain & Romney agreeing Obama’s a shitty President! All good though… Peace!!

  6. Celz

    Reaaaaaccchhh… Anyone who has ever been in the studio knows collaborating and ghost writing are as different as night and day…

  7. GoHard4u2

    Freedom or jail, clips inserted, a baby’s bein born
    Same time my man is murdered, the beginning and end
    As far as rap go, it’s only natural, I explain
    My plateau, and also, what defines my name
    First it was Nasty, but times have changed
    Ask me now, I’m the artist, but hardcore, my science for pain
    I spent time in the game, kept my mind on fame
    Saw fiends shoot up, and do lines of cocaine
    Saw my close friends shot, flatline am I sane?
    That depends, carry Mac-10’s to practice my aim
    On rooftops, tape cd covers to trees
    Line the barrel up with your weak picture then squeeze
    Street scriptures for lost souls, in the crossroads
    To the corner thugs hustlin for cars that cost dough
    To the big dogs livin large, takin it light
    Pushin big toys, gettin nice, enjoyin your life
    is what you make it, suicide, few try to take it
    Belt tied around they neck in jail cells naked
    Heaven and hell, rap legend, presence is felt
    And of course N – A – S are the letters that spell . . .
    NAS, NAS

    [Chorus: scratching by DJ Premier (2X)]

    “Nas is like life or death.. I’m a rebel.. ”
    “My poetry’s deep, I never fell..”
    “Nas is like.. half man half amazing..”
    “No doubt..”

    • jacksjus

      “On rooftops, tape cd covers to trees
      Line the barrel up with your weak picture then squeeze.”

      I heard this song at least 100 times and this line never hit me until you just printed it out. That’s a cold ass line. Lol!

  8. Immortal

    Who really cares? Props to his Bro for giving the motivation for this classic. Maybe his brother could be another shot in the arm Hip Hop needs over this rap crap plaguing the airwaves now

  9. jacksjus

    Every artists draws inspiration from somewhere. Why do you think everything sounds the same? Originality comes along every so often.

    GKMC and Channel Orange are the last refreshing records I have heard.

    I will credit Kanye for pushing those boundaries although I am not a fan of the output. However his efforts to pull away from others is evident.

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