Is it in yet?
Try to dig deep in your memory’s archives to 2004 when Mos Def was preparing to drop The New Danger and he had all kinds of promotional buzz after he had a controversial track over Jay’s (actually, Kanye and the Doors’) Takeover beat, a track called The Rape Over. He was taking shots at pretty much any and every wack entity in the music industry, but most notably Lyor Cohen, who we refer to as the tall Israeli. Once he found out Mos was throwing dirt on his name, he had the track pulled from the album.
Now, in 2007… where people are advocating for right of speech via album (sales)… and where Jay-Z claims he stands behind Nas’ Nigger album title, do you think Jay has Ether pulled from his miserable excuse of a Greatest Hits album? Seeing as it was and should be on the track list. Given, those aren’t Nas’ greatest songs, but I guess those are his hits. Why wouldn’t Ether be on there though. Not only is it a great song, musically, lyrically, whatever whatever, but it damn near saved and resurrected his doodoo excuse of a career (which was an opportunity he then wasted on the albums that followed-I dare you to say no). Can’t they just re-re-release Illmatic instead of a GH album? (more…)