Nas, Keri Hilson

About Hero

"Hero" is a 2008 song and lead single from Nas' untitled album. The song features singer Keri Hilson and production by Polow da Don. This song was also featured in Midnight Club: Los Angeles. Chamillionaire released a freestyle of this song before the release of Mixtape Messiah 4 under the name "Hero". It was originally intended to be a throwaway, but was released on the mixtape. Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa also released a freestyle of this song titled "Hero (Freestyle)" on his 2008 mix tape Star Power.  


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[Chorus: NaS & Keri Hilson]
Chain gleaming
Switching lanes
Hate him or love him
For the same reason (wish)
Can't leave it
The games needs him
Plus the people need someone to believe in (this)
So in God's Son we trust
'Cause they know I'm gonna give 'em what they want
They looking for, a hero
I guess that makes me, a hero

Another chapter
Of the cleanest rapper
Distinguished gentlemen
Crooks and castle
On his back
Exotic lady eye-catcher
Holla at'cha
Call me the chiropractor
Working like Muay Thai class
Get pers-pire out ya
And of course
I've been the boss
Since back when
Rocking D Boy
Fila, velor
In a 190 black Benz
Now they shut down the stores when I'm shopping
Used to be train robbing
Face covered in stocking
I'm him!


Come at me I'ma rip your soldiers
In half
Silverback ape, nickle-plated mag
Young, rich, and flashy
Young, bitch, I'm nasty
All black clothes til ice lay on me so classy
And every time I close my lids
I can still see the borough, I can still see the Bridge
I can still see the dreams that my niggas ain't never lived to see
Tell them angels open the door for me
From nine Berettas and moving raw
To chilling in wine cellars
Sticks and humidors
That's what I call mature
That's what I call a g
That's what I call a pimp
That's what I call a gangsta
To the fullest, shit

I'm tryin' to make more cream
By every step to September 14th
That's my dream
So I can be more clean
As I grow yearly
I can see things more clearly
That's why they fear me
Let's go!


It's universal apartheid
I'm hog-tied
The corporate side
Blocking y'all from going to stores and buying it
First L.A. and Doug Morris was riding wit it
But Newsweek article startled big wigs
They said, Nas, why is he trying it?
My lawyers only see the Billboard charts as winning
Nas the only true rebel since the beginning
Still in musical prison, in jail for the flow
Try telling Bob Dylan, Bruce, or Billy Joel
They can't sing what's in their soul!
So "Untitled" it is
I never change nothin', but people remember this
If NaS can't say it
Think about these talented kids
With new ideas
Being told what they can and can't spit
I can't sit and watch it
So shit, I'ma drop it
Like it or not
You ain't gotta cop it
I'm a hustler in the studio
Cups of Don Julio
No matter what the CD called
I'm unbeatable, y'all
Let's Go!


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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones ( /nɑːˈsɪər/; born September 14, 1973), better known mononymously as Nas ( /ˈnɑːz/), is an American rapper and actor. He is also the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums since 1994, four of which topped the Billboard charts upon release and has sold over thirteen-million records in the United States alone. Nas was also part of the hip hop supergroup The Firm, which released one album under Dr. Dre's record label Aftermath. Aside from rapping, Nas is also an occasional actor and has appeared in feature films such as Hype Williams' directorial debut Belly, Ticker and In Too Deep and the television show Hawaii Five-0. more »

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Written by: Jamaal Sublett, Nasir Jones, Jamal F. Jones, Cornell Haynes

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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15 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Hero" is a Hip Hop / R&B song, blending elements of both genres elegantly.
Year of Release
The song "Hero" was released in the year 2008.
Album Information
"Hero" is part of Keri Hilson's debut studio album, "In a Perfect World..." which was released in 2009.
Collaboration Fact
"Hero" is a joint effort between Keri Hilson and American rapper Nas.
Music Video
Despite the popularity of the song, a music video was never officially released.
Critical Acclaim
The song received positive reviews from music critics who praised Hilson's vocal performance and Nas's rapping.
Keri Hilson's Career
The release of "Hero", along with the success of her other singles, solidified Keri Hilson's place in the music industry.
Nas and Hilson's Collaboration
"Hero" marks one of the unique collaborations between a new generation female R&B singer and a seasoned male rapper.
Nas' Contribution
Nas delivers a strong, engaging verse in "Hero", drawing on his reputation as one of the greatest rappers of his generation.
Song Meaning
The lyrics of the song "Hero" has been interpreted as Keri Hilson's commentary on the music industry and her relationship with it.
Production Facts
The song was produced by super-producing duo, Polow Da Don and Don Cannon.
Non-single Release
Despite its popularity, "Hero" was not released as a single.
Chart Performance
Although "Hero" was not released as a single, Hilson's album "In a Perfect World..." debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200, indicating the song's contribution to the album's success.
Live Performances
Both Keri Hilson and Nas have performed the song live at numerous events.
Notable Lyrics
One of the notable lines that stands out in the song is "I ain't no superwoman, I ain't no superhero.", echoing the sentiments of many people with the struggles of everyday life.

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