The dawn of a new year is always the perfect time to start fresh. That's why I'm takin' it back to basics with this set right here. What would this blog be without this album? Probably nonexistent. Either way, this album was more than just the inspiration for Hip Hop Is Read's snazzy title. It invoked dialogue; it got people talking about quality once again. Sure, Nas wasn't the first emcee to publicly lash out at hip hop's downward spiral (Andre 3000 said back in 2001), but it sparked a debate that, well, carries on today (quick side note: fuck Soulja Boy). Is hip hop truly dead? Not really. But it sho' as hell is repetitive! Hopefully now that Barack will be the president, hip hop artists will smarten up and begin acting their age. Anyways, long story short, I've wanted to put out this sample set for a while now. It's finally here. Enjoy and turn it up!!