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.
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.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) June 14, 2018
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.”