Kanye West & Nas Accused of Copying “Nasir” Beat & Cover Art

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I know we all thought Kanye was a genius producer, well it appears a genius does need inspiration sometimes. A new report from HNHH suggests that the cover art and a beat that was used for Nas’ Nasir album appear to have been inspired by work from another artist. The Architect, a Bay Area producer, came out with material that might have been ripped by the duo after its release.

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The beat found on “Adam and Eve” bears a striking semblance to a free track previously produced by The Architect on Bandcamp. Even a novice can easily tel that both tracks are similar. The song, whose ironic title is “No Idea’s Original,” was actually part of a remix project that dropped last October. Coincidentally, this song, in particular, features Nas.

Then comes the cover art. The photograph used for Nasir was shot by a photojournalist named Mary Ellen Mark. Again, the picture had already been used for a project released by The Architect. Trill Life Mathematics, a collaboration with Nowaah The Flood, came out four days before Nasir officially dropped.


The Architect doesn’t seem too bothered by the eventualities and would rather collaborate with Nas in future.

“I’m fully aware that a lot of the material that we use nowadays as far as on the underground is sample-based. Obviously, I don’t own the samples, so I wasn’t going to say anything about it. The fact that I have Nas rapping on it—I don’t know […] At the end of the day, I don’t have any hard feelings. It could also be creative-type minds working alike. If anything, I would like to work with the guys and be running around with them instead.”



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