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.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas & More Perform At Beats By Dre Grammy Party
Beats Music just launched last week, and they celebrated the occasion (as well as the upcoming Grammy awards) last night at the Belasco Theater in LA. It was a star-studded event to say the least, with Dre seemingly calling in just about all his connectiosn to perform at the event.
The Alchemist Reveals "The Cutting Room Floor 3" Album Cover, Tracklist & Release Date
The Alchemist has had a busy year, including producing full projects from Prodigy and Boldy James, and most recently put in some work at the studio with none other than Kendrick Lamar.
DJ Envy Recalls The Time Nas Pulled A Gun On Him
Power 105’s famed radio personality DJ Envy had quite the encounter with Nas years ago. Talking on VladTV's true hip hop stories segment, Envy shared an interesting story about the time he had a gun pulled on him by a young Queensbridge rapper by the name of Nas.
Nas To Open Sneaker Shop In Las Vegas [Update: Nas Posts More Photos]
Back in 2007, Nas released a limited edition signature sneaker called The Disciple with LA-based company 310 Motoring. The following year, FILA chose him to represent its Fila Italia Footwear Collection, and he served as the line's sole ambassador during its run.
ScHoolboy Q Says Jay Z Won Nas Beef
Jay Z and Nas had one of the best documented beefs in hip hop history. Nas' "Ether" has almost been universally accepted as the diss track that won the beef, with it's title even going on to become a verb within the rap community, but there are still many who disagree with this decision-- ScHoolboy Q being one of them. “Honestly, I think Jay Z won,” Q said in an interview with VladTV. “I mean Nas is my favorite rapper, but Jay Z, he was pretty scandalous.”
Ab-Soul Speaks On Learning From Jay Z & Nas, No Longer Writing Down Lyrics
Ab-Soul's following continues to grow, despite his lack of releases since 2012's dense Control System. In an interview with the Miami New Times, Soulo explained why the project continues to gain him followers, as well as speaking on the blatant honesty that comes with refraining from writing rhymes down, and the knowledge he's been able to acquire through listening to hip hop alone. Read some excerpts from the sit-down below.
Nas To Executive Produce & Provide New Music For Upcoming B-Boy Documentary
It looks like we'll be hearing new music from Nas in the near future, thanks in part to a dance documentary the rapper will be executive producing. It was announced today that Nas will be taking part in producing the film "Shake the Dust," directed by Adam Sjoberg. The documentary will examine b-boys from third-world communities likes those in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda and Yemen.