dream hampton responds to Nas ghostwriting controversy: ‘I am done with Hip-Hop’ | Music News

In the wake of her allegations of Nas benefiting from the assistance of ghostwriters on his 2008 album Untitled and the subsequent backlash she has apparently received, acclaimed music and social scribe dream hampton took to her Tumblr Thursday afternoon to formally dissociate herself from Hip-Hop, citing its overall misogyny and specific threats sent her way.

Though she doesn’t consider herself a journalist, hampton’s feature stories, essays and authorship covering and critiquing Hip-Hop have made her one of the most respected voices in Hip-Hop journalism for well over a decade, so her decision to remove herself from the culture comes as a shock to many.

As she details in her statement and on her Twitter feed, hampton says that, since her Nas revelation, she has been on the receiving end of attacks and threats from both fans and figures within the Hip-Hop community. Still, despite denials from the people involved, she stands steadfastly by her claim and refuses to be moved.

Her full statement reads:

I began my writing career calling out Dr Dre for his misogyny. My friendship with Jay Z began when I reviewed Reasonable Doubt and called Jay out for his hyper-capitalism . I was not ‘calling out’ Nas by telling the truth about dpz writing whole bars (ne songs) on Untitled. I was telling a truth to someone who thought Nas’ most radical verses were his own. They were not. I’m unsurprised that these men have circled around their lie. I’m unmoved by the misogynist threats I’m receiving in open forums (last night Just Blaze tweeted I should be “bled out”). But I am done. I may not be done talking about this (unsubscribe to my feed if you like, I reserve the right to block who the fuk I want), but I am done with hip hop and men who collude to silence women. And done with women who are happy they’re not me. Don’t worry. You could never be.

The Just Blaze tweet to which she refers said:

Though the tweet mentioned neither hampton nor the ghostwriting situation, she took the tweet as a “misogynistic threat” to her safety.

In actuality, the tweet is quoting a line from the 1987 film Predator.

Just Blaze did not take too kindly to being called out, and expressed as much in a series of tweets:

Aside from her myriad magazine features and anthologies, hampton has also dabbled in film production, video directing and is the author of two books, including the New York Times bestseller Decoded, which she co-wrote with Jay-Z.

[Props: Complex]