Nas Pens Open Letter About Race & War In America
Recently we've seen a few rappers, some political-minded and some not, speak out in the wake of the tragic Charleston shooting.
Sprite Is Putting Lyrics From Nas, Biggie, Drake & Rakim On Their Cans
Sprite has always had a connection to rap music. As an advertiser, they were one of the first brands to promote their product with the assistance of rappers, and to specifically target an urban audience in so doing. Not only that, but when most brands did try to incorporate rappers into their ad campaigns they went the mainstream, pop-friendly route, whereas Sprite tapped more credible, "real" hip-hop artists such as Curtis Blow and Heavy D. Thus it may come as no surprise that they're digging into their hip-hop roots once more with their latest ad campaign, "Obey Your Verse."
Watch "The Real Hip-Hop," A New Mini-Doc From Nas X The Guardian
Nas dropped a six-minute documentary on Monday in partnership with The Guardian called "The Real Hip-Hop" that explores the role and influence of breakdancing and hip-hop in the slums of Uganda, Cambodia, Yemen, and Colombia. Though Nas does not appear in the film and his role in its production in his unclear, shoutout to him for participating in a video that offers a mouthpiece to impoverished urban youth around the world.
"DOPE" Soundtrack Features Nas, Digital Underground, A Tribe Called Quest & More
This summer we'll see A$AP Rocky make his acting debut in the film "DOPE," executive produced by Pharrell. Although Rocky's name has been used heavily in the promotion of the film, he said during his CRWN interview that his role is actually pretty small. Other cast memebers of the '90s centric film include Shameik Moore, Zoe Kravitz, Tyga, Vince Staples, Forest Whitaker, Chanel Iman and more.
10 Drumless Hip-Hop Tracks
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible? Well, it does exist in some form. While hip hop is almost defined by its drums, there are instances where rapping takes place over an absence of drums. Whether it's Nas kicking off his Untitled album or Outkast getting galactic on ATLiens, some cool tracks have been created without that classic boom-bap rhythm.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Schoolboy Q Playing Osheaga 2015
With Coachella's two weekends officially heralding the start of summer festival season, we're now in full swing with lineup announcements. The latest to share is Osheaga, an annual festival held in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau. This year, Kendrick Lamar is among the three headliners, and Nas, Schoolboy Q, Tyler, the Creator, FKA Twigs, RL Grime, Hudson Mohawke, Action Bronson, Run The Jewels, Charli XCX, Toro Y Moi, Brodinski, G-Eazy, Cashmere Cat, SZA, Raury, Sango and Bishop Nehru also appear on the lineup.
Nas Says New Album Coming This Summer
After giving us a teaser with the old school-flavored "Season," produced by the legendary J. Dilla back in October, Nas has kept pretty quiet. While the song hinted that he was working on new music/a new album, Nas hasn't spoken directly to that.
Classic Rotation: Mobb Deep's "The Infamous"
Mobb Deep’s second studio album, The Infamous, turns 20 years old today. Through quality bars, samples, beats, and skits, Havoc and Prodigy were able to impact the trajectory hip-hop by delivering a record that is in the GOAT discussion for many.
21 Rappers That Were Influenced By Nas' "Illmatic"
Illmatic turns 21 years old today, and since we can't buy it a drink, we've decided to take a look at 21 rappers who were influenced directly by the album. We did some digging to find quotes, interviews, lyrics, and examples of artists praising Nas' debut album, a record that changed hip hop forever.
10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
The Roots have collaborated with nearly everyone in hip hop. As the rap scene's resident band, they've made music with everyone from Jay Z and Kanye to Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. There's literally nobody they can't pair up with, and their residency on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows has proven that.
AARP: Best Rappers Over 40
Isn't it crazy how some rappers just refuse to retire? Take Jay Z for example, he retired about a decade ago and that lasted all of no time at all. It's hard to put down something you truly love, and even though rap is a young man's sport, this list is dedicated to those who hardly age.
Stream Madonna's "Rebel Heart," Featuring Nicki Minaj, Nas & More
Madonna has been keeping a foot in the rap game lately, with reports that she's been working with Kanye West on his new album, as well as possible collaborations with Drake in the works after he titled a song on her behalf.
Classic Rotation: Gang Starr's "Hard To Earn"
1994 was a very important year for hip hop music. What 1969 was for psychedelic rock, or what 1977 was for disco, 1994 was for hip hop. It was an absolutely shaping year that prepared an underground art for mainstream explosion. Albums like Illmatic and Ready To Die spearheaded the movement, but albums by O.C., Warren G and Gang Starr also helped to sculp the scene.
Stream Fashawn's New Album "The Ecology"
Fashawn's new album has been a long time coming. Finally the rapper was able to lock in a release date for the sophomore effort, after inking a deal with the Nas-helmed record label Mass Appeal. The album is due out on February 24th, and with the release date around the corner, he's letting us hear it a few days early.
Drake & Nas To Perform Together At Sprite Concert Friday Night [Update: Drizzy Brings Out Kanye, Travi$ Scott & ILoveMakonnen]
All-Star weekend is definitely upon us. With Kanye West gracing the stage at tonight’s 1st Annual Roc City Classic Event, we now have word that Drake and Nas will be doing the same tomorrow night.
Top Tracks Of The Week: February 3 - February 9
After a few paltry weeks, we finally have a chart we can be proud of. Good on you, HNHH fam. Our Top 100 chart contained a number of notable tracks this week. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
Nas "Not Surprised Cops Still Murdering People"
Nas has always been one to say how he feels. From speaking on the conditions in the streets of New York on his classic debut Illmatic, to speaking on his personal life in his latest album, Life is Good, Nas has been somewhat of an open book in good times and bad. In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Nas was asked if, due to his history in New York, he was surprised cops are still killing innocent people.
Chance The Rapper, Nas, Mike Tyson Featured On Madonna's "Rebel Heart" Album
Madonna had the inconvenience of having demo versions of half of her album leak late least year, causing her to rush release 6 tracks well before the release of the album. At the time, Madge had not even secured a final tracklist, but today, she's released the official selection.
Review: Fabolous' "The Young OG Project"
Fabolous has always done a solid job at blending in with his environment. Whether he’s cutting with DJ Clue and The Neptunes in 2001 or jiving with Rich Homie Quan in 2015, he’s done a phenomenal job at adapting to change and staying relevant, something that is easier said than done.