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.
Stream Highlights From Nas' "Illmatic XX"
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.
Nas Leaked "Illmatic" Prior To Its Release
Yesterday, REVOLT TV played host to Nas for a discussion surrounding the 20th anniversary of his classic debut, Illmatic. Among other things, Nas revealed that he himself had contributed to the infamous leak of the album before its release date:
Nas Discusses The "Dream Team" Behind "Illmatic"
The month that marks the 20th anniversary of the brilliant Nas classic, Illmatic is upon us and it has all who were around for the album's release looking back in introspection about the influential record. That's why BBC Radio 1 (not quite our equivalent to NPR, but close enough) dedicated a segment talking to Nas about the celebrated album. The thing is, Illmatic might not have been the same if Nas recovered a key ingredient to the record itself: hit notebook.
Nas Doesn't See Any Brave Emcees
As a rapper of legendary proportions, Nas was invited to the prestigious Georgetown University, along with Georgetown's own sociology professor, Michael Eric Dyson, to discuss at length with the director of Africana studies at Lehigh University, James Peterson, about the current state of Hip-Hop and the recent rise of higher learning pursuit within the culture.
Soundset 2014 Festival Line-Up To Include Atmosphere, Wiz Khalifa, Nas & More
The festival news is pouring in these days, as we approach the spring/summer months. The seventh annual Soundset festival takes place in May, presented by Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose Presents.
Nas' Baby Mama Claims He Owes More Than $11,000 In Child Support
Nas and his baby mama Carmen Bryan appear to have some unfinished business concerning their daughters child support. Although his daughter, Destiny, is currently 19-years old and thus no longer a minor, Bryan is demanding Nas pay up his missed child support payments.
Nas & Cam'ron Squash Beef, May Collaborate Soon
No one ever thought we would see the day when Jay Z and Nas made amends, but it happened, which pretty much meant that any beef could be squashed. Nas and Cam'ron also had their differences, partly to do with Killa's ties to Jay, and spear-headed in this classic Power 105 interview. Dipset came back with some diss tracks, and while things have calmed down, the two never officially made peace.
Nas Documentary, "Time Is Illmatic" To Premiere At 2014 Tribeca Film Festival
Nas' influential debut album, Illmatic, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and on top of a special reissue of the album, a documentary on the project will also see release. Time is Illmatic which centers around the making of the album, as well as the impact on rap since its release, will officially debut at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, April 16th.
Nas Talks About 2014 Album, "Illmatic," And Upcoming "Street Dreams" Show
Nas is a busy man these days. Rather he's always been busy, but now the legendary rapper is producing a brand new album in addition to co-writing his own autobiographical show, "Street Dreams," for Xbox. He will also produce music for the upcoming show. On the topic of writing the show, Nas says:
Xbox Studios Developing Television Series Based On Nas' Life
After announcing the news of Nas’ upcoming 20th anniversary issue of his 1994 debut album Illmatic,
Danny Brown Goes On Bleak Twitter Rant
We've seen some rappers get very bleak on Twitter in the past, namely, Hopsin went on a suicidal rant around the release of his Knock Madness album. Today we've seen Danny Brown have an equally dark Twitter rant, venting about his friends or lack-there-of within the music industry and his depression.
Nas To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of "Illmatic"
Just the other week we heard Nas' take on the possibility of releasing a sequel to his critically acclaimed debut album Illmatic. With the 20th anniversary of the album right around the corner, Illmatic talk continues to rise day by day. Today we've learned that their will be a 20th anniversary edition of the debut released, titled Illmatic XX.
Nas Will Perform “Illmatic,” With DJ Premier, In Its Entirety At BUKU Music+Art Project
The 2014 BUKU Music + Art festival is upon us, and will feature a very special act. Nas is going to perform, and not only is he going to perform, but he'll be doing the entire, seminal Illmatic record in it entirety, back to front. A good way to celebrate the 1994 classic's 20th anniversary and an even better way to bring the house down for the festival.
Nas Speaks About The Possibility Of "Illmatic 2"
The thought of a sequel to Illmatic would make many a Hip-Hop aficionado shudder, equal in both excitement and nervousness. For good reason, too. Nas' Illmatic is considered one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time by many and some would even consider it sacred. But what exactly does Nas think on the matter? When asked by VIBE whether he would consider a sequel, Nas pondered:
J. Cole Honors Nas In Speech At Vibe Impact Awards
J. Cole's idolization of Nas is no big secret, and the respect has also been returned from Esco himself, who hopped on Cole's "Let Nas Down" joint to express his admiration for the NC rapper. Well, Cole has made Nas proud yet again, making a very personal speech at this year's Vibe Impact Awards, which honored the Queensbridge rapper.