Well I agree with you that Nas is going stronger than Jay-Z now. I don't think that is even up for debate. Jay-Z fell off, in my opinion, right after 2007.
Originally Posted by CityofTreez
But I don't fully understand that Jay-Z needed features argument. The Best of Both Worlds was horrible, so we agree there. Blueprint II did have a lot of features, but Jay-Z had 3 very well recieved follow up albums. None of those had anywhere near the amount of features as the Blueprint II had. So I don't understand how you can isolate one solo album from the rest of his work and call it a gimmick.
As for The Blueprint, I know many people had a problem with the name of the album, but is that a legitimate reason to discredit it? Eminem was also the only feature on that CD, so that don't see where he needed other artists to shadow his decline. Takeover and Ether is a totally different argument, but I love them both.
Nas also had quite a few features on a few of his albums. But my point was that Nas has been inconsistent throughout his career. He had Illmatic and followed it up with two very good albums with It Was Written and I Am... , but then came Nastradamus. That's where the inconsistency starts. He rebounds with Stillmatic and had a chance to take back the crown of the east coast with God's Son. It was a solid album, but did it meet expectations? No. Inconsistent. Street's Disciple was solid. But then comes a wave of shaky and lackluster work with Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled album, and most recently Life Is Good.
I just don't see how that lineup of work is more consistent than Jay-Z's..
I guess that consistency lies in the evolution of their work.
We differ on The Blueprint, various aspects, but it was different. Look at the previous album, The Dynasty and you wonder where are those features? The Dynasty introduced us to every member of the ROC (oschino, young gunz, freeway's first appearance). The Blueprint releases, and no one but Eminem. It was Jay's direction, but you can't help but notice the inconsistency. Then to mention, Blueprint 2 is full of appearances. From a west coast onlooker, I noticed it and didn't like it. Once again, we are dealing with our own opinions. Ether & The Takeover is a debate, but Ether was Ether, and I don't remember Jay taking over afterwards. It's a debate....
Jay had the whole ROC crew, so he had a lot more opportunity to shine. That's another aspect, that's where Jay had an advantage over Nas. He had all of ROC, Def Jam, and even started to branch out even further. Has a feature on Change the Game rmx w/ Dogg Pound. While he had various opportunities, and took that advantage, Nas stuck to the East. Consistently, Nas kept it going with being Nas.
Nas has always been a poet. That's how generalized himself, and how I view his music. He's never really gotten away from that aspect surrounding him. What has Jay-Z categorized himself as? A Hustler (in his earlier material, and as history has shown w/ owning Def Jam). He was a hustler who could translate himself through his music, but now, he's a hustler who just raps about misogenous crap. He lives off of Kanye West, and will continue to do so. Clinging on in a desperate attempt to do what he's always loved doing, but we (as fans) see it amounting to ****.
Meanwhile, Nas is still a poet, and imo, putting out better material and himself. I just can't say Jay-Z is as consistent as Nas in their careers. One has made insane amounts of money, and one could care less due to being so Damn consistent in their evolution.
The Blueprint for me. More my style of music.