The people aren't done celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Nas' Illmatic just yet. The rapper is prepared to take Illmatic XX on the road for a tour, alongside a screening of his Illmatic documentary.
Few rappers are as well-equipped to talk about classic albums than Nasir Jones. With almost twenty years of experience in the game and at least four generally-regarded "classic" albums, the Queensbridge emcee is just about the best mentor an up-and-comer could ask for.
Your Old Droog made quite a splash with the release of his self-titled EP earlier this year. The rapper's well-crafted style of underground rap was enough to garner some attention, but the uncanny resemblance to Nas' voice was what got people really talking.
With the launch of Nas' Mass Appeal imprint, we had heard rumors that he signed Boldy James, Bishop Nehru and Fashawn. While Boldy James has been confirmed as a signee of the label, we haven't received confirmation from the source on the other two rising MCs.
Perhaps it would have been easier to make a list of every rapper that 50 and the crew haven't had any altercations with over the course of their 10 years in the game--it certainly would have required less writing.
A shooting has taken place in Denver, Colorado, this morning (June 20th) following a concert featuring performances from Nas, ScHoolboy Q, and Flying Lotus. Occurring in the parking lot outside of the concert venue, the shots fired resulted in three injuries.
Scarface announced a new album in April, Deeply Rooted, so one would think a retirement isn't in the near future for the Houston OG, however while discussing rumors of retirement with DJ Whoo Kid, the rapper confirms it's almost time for him to leave the genre. Face jokes about pulling a Dr. Dre.
Mac Miller's West Coast crib is quickly becoming a hot spot for rappers to record. We heard from Ab-Soul how he recorded most of his new album These Days... within Mac's chill confines, and thanks to Instagram, from time to time we get to see which rappers are stopping by his home recording studio.
Rapper, Lyricist, Rhymesayer. All labels for one person: the MC. The MC not only has many different aliases but comes with many different personalities: the gangster, the conscious individual, the partygoer, the player, the everyperson.
Yesterday the HNHH staff had the pleasure of attending Hot 97's 21st annual Summer Jam, which true to its reputation, ended up being an evening packed with great performances, surprises and even some drama.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
When Nas' contract with Def Jam runs out later this year, it appears that the veteran MC won't be without a label to call home. As previously reported, Nas will launch Mass Appeal Records, and now it seems like he'll be releasing projects on the label too.
Last week Meek Mill treated fans to a preview of three new tracks off his upcoming album Dreams Worth More Than Money. He continues to keep the fans informed on his album progress, with a preview of more tracks last night on Instagram.
DJ Premier has made his name in the game, and pretty much anything he releases at this point has a certain level of prestige to it. In a new interview with Life + Times, the producer spoke on two planned projects, one much more complete than the other.
Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime through his project window.
Yeah, yeah, it's been twenty years and you're old now. Twenty years since those early copies of Illmatic graced those long-lost, seemingly eternally dusty, record store shelves (remember record stores?
The celebrations for Nas' 20-year anniversary of Illmatic continue each day, as we near April 19th. We saw Nas pay a visit to HuffPost Live for an in-depth interview on the classic LP, and we've also received a stream for highlights off it.
Nas' re-release of his classic debut effort Illmatic officially arrives on April 19th. Illmatic XX, as it's called, comes with an entire new disc of remixes from the Illmatic era as well as remastered versions of all the tracks on the original LP.