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  • Oct 8. '07: Did Nas Steal Wordsmith's "As the Art Fades Away" For his Album???

    Wordsmith Issued Statement,
    It has been brought to Wordsmith’s attention that Nas released a track last Friday called “Surviving the Game/Times” that closely resembles his track, “As the Art Fades Away,” Produced by Strada. Word is a huge Nas fan, so he is sad to see something like this is possible and he doesn’t want to jump to conclusions either. Word debated over even speaking on this issue because he is not trying to build his career off of someone else’s fame and he prides himself on that. Wordsmith had this to say:
    I wrote my track “As the Art Fades Away” in 2006, as an unofficial version that I actually recently re-recorded for my debut album “The Next Level Experience” on Saturday, October 6th until I heard about this. My in house producer Strada made this beat a year ago and I am here to just state the facts and not attack Nas, so I just ask that everyone judges this fairly. No producer is going start a track the exact same way and no producer is going use the same sounds, loops, rhythems, etc. to create a track. My version starts off with a sample of my own voice saying “The pop rap charts make the art fade away” followed by “That’s the whole tragic point my friend.” Now, whoever produced Nas’s version, and I heard its Chris Webber, which sounds rather odd to me, would not start there track off with the same sample unless they heard it somewhere else first. To me they strung the sample out from there, so it would sound different, but the piano, horn, and baseline are exactly the same way my producer laid his.
    Two, my producer used “What Would I do” as the hook part of my song and I Chose to fill it in by saying Imagine if certain rappers never did what they did, how would the game be. Nas’s version uses the same concept, but the producer uses a different section of the song where its says,”What Would I do,” from the Wiz and just looped the hook. I have never officially released this track and it can only be heard on my myspace page. I put it out last year because I felt the game really needed it, but I like I said I have re-recorded it with no samples and a female singing on the hook, so it is radio ready to be dropped as my first official single on December 1st. I still filed it with ASCAP last year and anybody can look up my name at ascap.com to see I registered it last year along with the BDS. Furthermore, Nas has the same concept as me and I just want to say this again, no two rappers are going write about the same thing when they hear a beat and no two producers are going to produce a beat the same exact way. With that said, that’s what makes music unique; the fact that any musician has the creative freedom to create something special from scratch, that’s what keeps music fresh. I don’t really know what else to say, but that I am disappointed in one of our greats, but at the same time, I do not know Nas or Chris Webber for that matter, so I can’t really say what happened. I do know the Wiz movie has been out there since Nas and I were kids and millions of producers could of sampled it, but my Producer Strada had the idea first, so that tells me something, but until the facts come out I am just speculating.
    Finally, please don’t look at this as I am complaining because I am not, I just felt the need to speak on it because so many great people have come to my defense, so I would like to thank everyone out there for that and I even would like to think any haters as well because we all have a job to do. So what I have done is post links to both tracks below, pleasecheck them out and leave your comments. Thanks for everyone’s time and lets not make this a bash session, but a good old fashioned challenge to Nas and the fans. Let us know who has the better track because my official version of “As the Art Fades Away” will drop on December 1st followed by the Video on MTV and BET, so look out for me, PEACE!!!
    Wordsmith-As the Art Fades Away (Produced by Strada/Click for Unofficial Release on Myspace)
    Nas-Surviving The Game/Times (Produced by Chris Webber)


  • #2
    the beats and the beggining is way too similar ... to say that nas had no knowledge of word's version.. he clearly did... and therefore he clearly bit it...
    Everybody sound same; commercialize the game, reminiscing when it wasn’t all business.

    If Hip Hop should die, we die together.

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    • #3
      To be honest i couldnt give a fuck.


      Nas Version >>>>> Wordsmith Version.
      Up in the Atmosphere with GOD in the cockpit

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      • #4
        maybe Chris Webber bit it? Who gives a fuck...Nas is a legend and his version of a song is gon be better than anybody's.
        "Say you rollin on dubs, I'll roll over ya shit in a tank/
        I'm th greatest rapper since _____, fill in th blank/"

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        • #5
          bang em & domination had the same sample for their 2005's album

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          • #6
            Originally posted by adrameleck View Post
            bang em & domination had the same sample for their 2005's album
            Dope track.

            It's called sampling Wordsmith.
            Up in the Atmosphere with GOD in the cockpit

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            • #7
              Lolz, nice try.

              kthxbye
              TECH N9NE

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              • #8
                lol, nas' version is better

                but he might aswell just ask nas to do 1 collab with him and not bother tryna sue him or something

                quan had the hit "just a moment" but he gave it to nas to do
                Buddhism is the shiiiiittttt

                When Buddha can't help, I ask , What would BARNEY STINSON do ?

                "When I get sad, I stop being sad, and be AWESOME instead. True story."

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                • #9
                  that's a shame.
                  I’m here, I’m present, I’m suffering





                  @gracihas

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                  • #10
                    Date your title next time

                    And i couldn't much care. Most shit sounds the same now-a-day's anyway.

                    aMuse'd



                    You have to understand...
                    Everything I did, I did for the island.

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                    • #11
                      lol, its only the same sample.

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                      • #12
                        lol Wordsmith

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                        • #13
                          Wordsmith's version is tight as well. Don't discredit him just because he isn't a legend like Nas...
                          P!

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                          • #14
                            Who the hell is wordsmith, Nas > Your Life. Yeah nas bit your UNFINISHED track, get outta here
                            I ran like a cheetah with thoughts of an assassin

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                            • #15
                              the whole concept is the same.........you can tell that if you even bothered to listen to the song which I'm sure most of you haven't. Yet...........you seem to make the claim nas' version is better..........give me a break.
                              Originally posted by Black Thought
                              If you stand where I stood, you could probably understand
                              How that mic feeling like a million dollars in my hand

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