Hip-Hop Reacts To The Death of Fidel Castro
Fidel Castro is a very divisive figure in world history, and following his death continues to inspire debate. Castro's death was announced on Cuban television by his brother, and current President, Raúl, Friday night, and discussion of Castro has taken place online in the hours since. A few members of the hip-hop community have shared their reaction on Social media today, including Nas, Talib Kweli, and Lupe Fiasco.
Nas Releases Collection Of “Kneeling Santa” Sweaters This Holiday Season
Taking a page out of 2 Chainz book, it looks like Nas is getting into the holiday sweater game this season, except his will feature a "kneeling Santa" on the front in support of the political anti-flag protest started by Colin Kaepernick.
Lien With It: Artists Who Got Caught Not Paying Their Taxes
For whatever reason, rappers fail to pay their taxes at a rate higher than almost any other profession. In many instances, the IRS issues a tax-dodging rapper a lien, which asserts the rights of the state to their property until they pay off their debt.
"The Hamilton Mixtape" Features Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, Usher, & More
Lin-Manuel Miranda has been working on the mixtape edition of the "Hamilton" soundtrack for years. He announced Thursday morning that the mixtape is finally complete and pre-order will be available tomorrow (Friday, Nov 4). He also revealed a star-studded 23-song tracklist, which features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Dave East, Joell Ortiz, Aloe Blacc, Nas Usher, Miguel, John Legend, Ashanti, Jill Scott, Snow tha Product, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Ja Rule, and more.
Time Magazine Names Jaden Smith One Of 2016's Most Influential Teens
If you ain't already know, Jaden Smith is right up there with Lil Yachty as a contender for the new King of the Youth. Time Magazine has now confirmed it. Jaden Smith has scored a spot on the magazine's annual list of the "Most Influential Teenagers" for his enormous following (see: cult) and his rebellious brand, an image his father never quite achieved.
Diddy Presents Nas With The Jimmy Iovine Icon Award At 2016 REVOLT Conference
Tonight was the final night of the REVOLT Music Conference, which brought industry leaders and a host of hip-hop elites to Miami for a three-day series of panels, performances, and networking events. Last night was the annual gala dinner, and this year's ceremony was held in honor of Nas, the recipient of the Jimmy Iovine Icon Award. Diddy, the owner of REVOLT, presented Nas with the award and delivered a lengthy speech on the Queensbridge emcee's lasting contributions to hip-hop music and culture, calling him a "true example of Black excellence."
Alicia Keys Brings Out Jay Z & Nas At Surprise NYC Show
A week ago, Alicia Keys announced a secret free concert in "one of the most important cities in the world." The next day, she revealed that place to be her hometown of New York City and said that the concert was less than a week away. Two days before tonight's concert, Keys shared a new single, "Blended Family," featuring A$AP Rocky, and also announced her new album, Here, giving it a release date of November 4.
Nas To Feature On Robin Thicke's Next Single: "Deep"
Robin Thicke and Nas have a collaboration that's ready to be released. Neither artist has been particularly active lately (in music, that is). Fans are eagerly awaiting Nas' first official solo album since 2012's Life Is Good, and his track on DJ Khaled's Major Key, "Nas Album Done," should suggest that he's getting ready to drop. A couple of days ago (Oct.
Stream "Birth of a Nation" Album, Featuring Nas, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, & More
"Birth of a Nation," the upcoming Nat Turner biopic, has faced no shortage of controversy and calls to boycott due to a rape scandal surrounding the film's star, director, and writer Nate Parker. Perhaps less controversial than the film is its accompanying album, The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album. 16 tracks in length, it features appearances from Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Ne-Yo, Wale, The Game, Anthony Hamilton, LeCrae, Vic Mensa, Trey Songz, and many more.
Dave East Signs With Def Jam
Dave East is currently holding it down for Harlem when it comes to today's rap game, he's one of the few true NYC rhymers left, in terms of style and sound. The rapper is currently prepping his debut album, Kairi Chanel, for which he revealed the cover art and tracklist quite recently.
Nas Debuts New Era x Public School MLB Hat Collection
New Era has teamed up with Public School for a limited edition MLB hat collection dropping this fall, and they brought in Queens-native Nas to help spread the word about the new campaign. As seen in the gallery above, Nas debuted three different New Era x Public School hats including a Mets-themed "PSNY" dat hat, a snapback with the Yankees logo atop the Public School logo, and a similar snapback using the Mets logo. The bad news: Each of these limited edition hats will retail for $75.
Presidential Debate Tonight, Anticipated To Be Most Watched Of All Time
This is gonna be a moment. After what has felt like a decade of campaigning, we the people have reached a momentous landmark in one of the strangest elections of the last century - the first debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off on live television tonight at 9pm EST with the world watching, for what is widely expected to be "the largest audience for a campaign event in American history."
Nas & Kehlani To Join Lauryn Hill On Select Tour Stops
Lauryn Hill is in the midst of a North American tour called the "MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling!" The original tour press release promised that artists from "throughout the African diaspora" would be included on the bill. It has now been announced that Nas, Kehlani, Little Simz, and Noname will be joining Hill at select tour stops. Nas is slated to play at just two dates, San Francisco and Seattle. Kehlani will play San Francisco, Seattle, and NYC. Check out the full list of dates below.
DJ Khaled & Nas Shoot Video For "Nas Album Done" In Bahamas
It looks like DJ Khaled has another video off his recently-released Major Key album on the way. On Monday, the Miami DJ/producer took to his IG to share a couple pics & videos from his time on set for his next video “Nas Album Done” featuring Nas.
Artists React To Barack Obama's Final Summer Playlist
Earlier today, Barack Obama “dropped” (his words) a two part summer playlist, also serving as a cultural farewell as his eight years in the White House come to a close this fall. Barry O’s taste in music runs the gamut, but most relevant to HNHH are the many hip hop and R&B artists he included in both the daytime and nighttime segments.
French Montana's "MC4" Tracklist Features Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Nas & More
French Montana finally has a concrete release date for his album MC4, which is also (finally) getting some buzz thanks to his single with Drake, "No Shopping," although the single caught more attention for Drake lyrics possibly dissing Joe Budden than it did for French.
Stream "The Land" Soundtrack, Featuring Nas, Kanye West, Pusha T, & More
Nas' Mass Appeal has teamed up with IFC films to produce a film called "The Land," a tale of a gang of Cleveland skateboarders who enter the high-stakes molly game to pay tournament fees. Nas & co have already released a few songs from the soundtrack; now they release the full stream by way of NPR. The soundtrack features music from Nas, Kanye West Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, French Montana, Fashawn, Stalley, Machine Gun Kelly, Dave East, Nosaj Thing, Jerreau, Ezzy and more. Check out the tracklist and stream it in full below.
Nas, Kanye West, Pusha T, & Jeremih To Appear On "The Land" Soundtrack
On July 29th, Mass Appeal and IFC Films will debut their new film "The Land," a tale of a gang of Cleveland skateboarders who enter the high-stakes molly game to pay tournament fees. The 14-track. OST will be made available on the same day. The tracklist was announced Tuesday -- appearances from Kanye West, Pusha T, Jeremih, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Nas, who executive produced the film, and many more. Check it out below.
The 11 Greatest O.J. Simpson References In Rap History
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; he is currently the subject of ESPN's stunning 5-part documentary "O.J. Simpson: Made in America."
Nas x FILA "Ghostbusters" Collection Releasing This Month
Nas, who is apparently a big time "Ghostbusters" fan, has teamed up with FILA for a limited edition collection in honor of the new "Ghostbusters" film which hits theaters on July 15th. ” ‘Ghostbusters’ was a staple childhood movie for me, one my mother took me to see, and I still love watching today with my son,” Nas said in a statement today.