Rap is filled with a lot of MCs. No question. But what separates one rapper from the next? An artist's hometown is about as blurred as his flow and look compared to other like-minded entertainers. With the Internet and blogging, it's even harder to find an MC that's truly a product of where he represents. While we're growing to accept that sound does not need to be regional anymore, how have MCs evolved with the influx of independent labels, the blogosphere, and other elements of the millennial generation?
HNHH was on the scene at Hot 97's annual Summer Jam yesterday to see performances by Iggy Azalea, Chinx, Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko, Troy Ave, Action Bronson, Wiz Khalifa, The Roots, Trey Songz, Nas, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and DJ Mustard, plus plenty of special guests. Now we've got photos and a recap of the event for you.
Nas' newly-launched Mass Appeal Records imprint will release a compilation of the rapper's unreleased material, as well as a posthumous Pimp C album featuring production from Mike WiLL Made It and DJ Mustard.
Following the anniversary of Nas' seminal "Illmatic", we decide to take a look at how all his other albums stack up against it. You can probably guess what makes No. 1, but where do some of his other efforts place?