Nas A "Huge Creative Force" On Netflix Hip Hop Series "The Get Down"
During an interview at the Tribeca Film Festival, Baz Luhrmann spoke on Nas' involvement in his Netflix '70s hip hop drama "The Get Down," calling the rapper "a huge creative force" in shaping the aesthetic of the series, which follows a posse of struggling South Bronx teens during the genesis of hip hop.
Best Photos From Coachella Weekend 1
One down, one to go. The first half of Coachella is now over with, and weekend #2 is gonna have to bring a helluva lot of surprises if it wishes to live up to this past weekend. As has been the case in recent years, hip-hop has already been a major part of the lineup. Fans who stormed the grounds to see A$AP Rocky's headlining show were treated to superstar cameos from ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West. The first weekend has already showcased some of Cali's best talent, including YG, Vince Staples, and Anderson.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 15)
This week definitely ended on a high note. The past two days alone we've been inundated with music, from Rae Sremmurd (who also announced a release date and tracklist for the highly anticipated SremmLife 2) to Skepta (another album announcement on deck here) to ASAP Ferg, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, vintage Nas, and that's just scratching the surface of yesterday's songs list-- need I go into today's, which includes a Kid Cudi x Mike WiLL Made It collab?
Listen To J Dilla's New Album "The Diary"
This morning, J Dilla's estate released The Diary, the final batch of recordings he had intended to release in his lifetime. (We celebrated with an ill infographic all about Dilla. Check it out.) The album includes features from Nas, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Nottz, Boogie, and additional production from Madlib, Hi-Tek, Karriem Riggins, Pete Rock, Bink!, and others.
Eazy E, Nas & More To Appear In Vintage Hip Hop Photography Exhibit At The Smithsonian
Old school hip hop heads will have to add the Smithsonian to their bucket list now. As part of the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), over 400 rare photographs of classic moments and figures in hip hop history will be on display.
Nas, Fabolous, Talib Kweli Headline The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival has previously hosted the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica, and Q-Tip, and this year, they've assembled a characteristically solid group of headliners. Now in its 12th year, this summer's fest will feature performances frim Rapsody, Talib Kweli, Fabolous, and -- the main event -- Nas.
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Nas Announces "Ghostbusters" Clothing Line
The new "Ghostbusters" reboot starring Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig is slated to hit theaters this July. The film will surely do numbers in the box office, and it'll likely be getting a boost from an unlikely collaborator: Nas. Nas' HSTRY Clothing launches a new Ghostbusters fashion line that will pay homage to Ghostbusters and be released in tandem with the film. "Ghostbusters is every fun thing you can think of when it comes to the imagination," says Nas.
Nas Gets Yet Another Tax Lien, This Time For $145,000
Despite his the success of his businesses like Mass Appeal, Nas still has some blind spots financially. According to a report from The Jasmine Brand, Nas has been hit with a tax lien from the state of Georgia, claiming that he owes over $145,000 in unpaid taxes. According to the legal documents filed in Georgia, these unpaid taxes date back to 2008.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 19)
Perhaps trying to match Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie from last week, Amber Rose freed the nipple in a censored Instagram post (she shared an uncensored version of the photo on Twitter). Rita Ora also got in on the shirtless action, as she shared some scantily clad photos of herself during her shoot for a lingerie brand.
#TBT: Nas' Deep Cuts
As one of the great emcees of all time, Nas has released 11 studio albums over the course of his career. His debut, Illmatic, is almost unanimously considered one of greatest rap records ever made. Upon hearing any one of the album's 10 tracks, "classic" is the first that comes to mind. But for every classic, there are about a dozen lesser-known or virtually forgotten cuts the arsenal of Nasir Jones.
Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's 'Hard To Earn'
1994 was a ground-breaking year for hip hop music. 1994 is to hip hop what 1969 is to psychedelic rock or what 1977 is to disco. 1994 was the year in which hip hop exploded from the underground onto the mainstream. Looking back, Illmatic and Ready To Die dominate the historical landscape, and obscure lesser-known but still-classic albums from artists like O.C., Warren G and Gang Starr.
Bernie Sanders' Most Hip-Hop Moments
There's no question that Bernie Sanders is the hip hop community's choice for president. As he continues to fight for the democratic party's nomination, we've decided to compile Senator Sanders' most hip hop moments. Killer Mike, the legendary Atlanta MC who is best known currently as one half of Run The Jewels, has been an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders in recent months, endorsing him at every chance he gets. T.I. is the most recent rapper to make headlines for supporting Bernie, but Big Boi and Lil B have also gone public with their feeling of the Bern.
Kanye West Says He Promised President Obama He’d Produce On Nas’ Next Album
Kanye West was back at with the twitter fingers Friday night, but this time he wasn’t ranting or causing drama. Instead, the G.O.O.D. Music leader gave fans something look forward to other than his upcoming Turbo Graphx16 album when he announced that he'd be producing on Nas' next album, or least at that's what he promised President Obama anyways.
French Montana, Kanye West, & Nas Shoot Music Video For "Figure It Out"
Well it looks like we’re going to be getting a new music video for French Montana’s standout Wave Gods collab “Figure It Out,” featuring Kanye West & Nas. On Friday, the Coke Boy leader took to Instagram to share some pics & videos from their time on set.
Joey Bada$$ Responds To Troy Ave: "Get Him TF Outta Here"
Troy Ave has been going at Joey Bada$$ over the last few days, starting with the release of his track, "BAD ASS," which took his beef into what some have called tasteless territory by bringing up Capital STEEZ, a friend of Joey's who committed suicide in 2012.
Top Tracks: February 22 - February 28
Other than some resurfacing beefs (between Young Thug and The Game, and Rick Ross and Birdman, respectively) and the beginning of what is sure to be another drawn-out, highly-publicized Kanye West album rollout, it was a relatively quiet week, especially as far as full-length releases went.
10 Rappers Who Sound Like Other Rappers
As soon as the "If Young Metro don't trust you, I'ma shoot you" drop appeared in the middle of Kanye's MSG performance last week, an audible "Damn..." came from the crowd seated in the theater with me. 'A Ye and Future song?!', we all asked ourselves, struggling to calculate just how many flame emojis we'd have to use when describing the track to those who missed the listening session. That little soundbite was indeed Nayvadius Wilburn's voice, but the verse that followed was not, though it might not have been until after the show concluded that you realized it.
Nas Will Join DJ Khaled On This Week's Episode Of "We The Best Radio"
True to form, DJ Khaled kicked off his new "We the Best Radio" show on Apple Music with a bang, premiering Future's new album EVOL. Khaled took to his trusty Snapchat to announce the show's second guest: Nas.
French Montana Reveals He Has A Collaboration With Nas & Kanye West, Updates Fans On "Mac & Cheese"
It seems as though French Montana has been prepping his album Mac & Cheese forever.