stic.man of dead prez wants to make it very clear that he never worked as a ghostwriter for Nas. After releasing a statement on Facebook yesterday, Vibe contacted stic.man and he reaffirmed his original stance.
In direct response to writer dream hampton's Twitter post, and a story on Rappers I Know, exposing both he and Jay Electronica for allegedly ghostwriting on Nas' Untited release, stic.man discredited the allegations. “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?” he said, recounting flying to California to meet with M1 and Nas. “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 Ni**er 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.'
While he does admit to giving “input” on the record, stic.man maintains that the entire project was “Nas' vision.”
Despite both his and the words of Electronica, some still don't believe that Nas didn't used their help to write full songs on the album. Kim Osorio, Editor-In-Chief of The Source, took to Twitter Tuesday (Aug.14) to explain why everyone seems to be denying writing for Nas. “Let me just say this... A true "ghostwriter" MUST deny it.. Otherwise, they wouldn't be a ghostwriter, right?”
The plot thickens…
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