Fashawn Signs With Nas' Mass Appeal, Announces "The Ecology" Release Date
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.
Many Men: A History Of G-Unit Beefs
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.
Nas Performs At Dave Chappelle's Show At Radio City Music Hall
Seeing Dave Chappelle do comedy live in 2014 is already a pretty big deal, but the notoriously reclusive funnyman has made his dates at Radio City Music Hall this month just a little more special. The first date came complete with a surprise performance from none other than Kanye West, and the remaining shows will see acts like Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, and The Roots taking the stage.
Three People Injured In Shooting After Nas & ScHoolboy Q Concert [Update: Schoolboy Q's Car Was Shot At]
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. Reportedly found by Denver police, the victims were immediately transported to local hospitals to receive care.
Scarface Says He's In Talks With Nas To Do Collaborative Album
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. "It's time to go man," he says.
Mac Miller Hits The Studio With Nas & Boldy James
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.
Rebirth Pt. 3: The Evolution Of The MC
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.
Wiz Khalifa Announces Nas On "We Dem Boyz" Remix
Wiz Khalifa, fresh off a performance at Summer Jam, hit up Hot 97 for an interview about his recent mixtape 28 Grams, the Summer Jam performance with Snoop Dogg of course, his upcoming album and more.
Summer Jam 2014 Recap
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. With the event split into two stages, one in the Festival Village and one in Metlife Stadium, we first hung out at the former with Iggy Azalea, Chinx, Mack Wilds, Childish Gambino and Jhene Aiko before moving inside the stadium for the night's headliners.
Live Stream Summer Jam XXI, Featuring Sets From Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj And Lil Wayne
HOT 97's twenty-first Summer Jam concert kicks off at East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium within the hour, and a live stream of the event has been made available for those of us unable to attend.
Samples Of The Week: May 29
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Nas To Release "Lost Tapes 2" And Posthumous Pimp C Album On Mass Appeal Records
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.
Meek Mill Previews More Records Off "Dreams Worth More Than Money", Has Collabo With Jay Z & Nas
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 Reveals Mysterious New Project, Talks Nas Album
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.
Nas "Time Is Illmatic" Documentary Headed To Theatres This October
The new documentary, "Time Is Illmatic", which focuses on the influence and making of Nas' seminal debut album, has been given an October theatrical release courtesy of Tribeca. The film was picked up after premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. The organization has aqcuired the North American rights to the film, and will be screening it in select cities-- some of which will be granted with a performance from the rapper. It will also be released in VOD form.
Ranking Nas' 12 Albums From Worst To Best
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.
Classic Rotation: Nas' "Illmatic" 20 Years Later
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? Yikes - it really has been twenty years) and showed some cats, and later the rest of the world, what Hip Hop was really supposed to sound like. This is the record that fashioned Nas as a permanent resident in the proverbial Rap Hall of Fame and he will never surpass its acclaim.
Nas Signs Boldy James On Newly-Launched Mass Appeal Imprint [Update: Boldy James Denies Signing To Mass Appeal]
Boldy James is one of the illest rappers you probably haven't listened to yet, but we can expect that all to change very soon now that he's got the backing of the original Illmatic MC, Nas.
Nas Answers Fan Questions In Reddit AMA
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.
10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits
There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its proper definition refers to contributions from rappers who have not been credited-- which is a pretty grey area. Rather than look into rumors surrounding that type of writing (with one exception), we've looked into what's available in print, but may have gone relatively unnoticed-- official songwriting credits.