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...

  • Classic Rotation: Nas' "Illmatic" 20 Years Later
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    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...
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    Before you get on to reading, I feel a responsibility as this list's writer to inform the reading public that marijuana is bad. If you smoke it, you will get pregnant and/or die.  That being said, if you do choose to smoke the devil's lettuce in honor of the Waldos, here are a few ground rules: DO NOT talk about the last time you were high. Soon enough, these conversations will...
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     Remember that 50 Cent and Schoolboy Q collaboration that was originally supposed to see life on Oxymoron, but never did? Well good news fam, it appears we’re about hear that record on 50’s new album Animal Ambition. In a new interview with German website HipHop.de, Fif revealed that the highly anticipated record with Schoolboy Q will now live on his upcoming album. Fif tells...
  • Jay Electronica Says He Has The Best Verse On "Control"
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     Jay Electronica isn't one to shy away from his thoughts on twitter. A few weeks ago, he took to the social media platform to vent out his frustration about so called “thugs" and crooked cops. Well on Friday, he was back at it with some more choice words during a fan Q&A. Jay spent several hours answering questions from fans on the current state of hip-hip & the media, but it...
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    Earlier this week, we reported the disturbing story of Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated rapper Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) cutting off his own penis and jumping from a second story balcony in an apparent suicide attempt. Now, XXL has caught up with the crew's de facto leader, RZA, to ask him about his thoughts on the incident.  RZA, who produced Christ Bearer's group Northstar's 2003 debut...
  • Lil Herb Reveals That He's Working With Common And Rich Homie Quan
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     Nicki Minaj's recent track "Chi-Raq" was the biggest look that Lil Herb's gotten thus far in his young career, and according to him, it's made a lot of other artists interested in him. In an interview published today in VIBE, the 18-year-old MC talked about working with Minaj, and how the collaboration led to him meeting Juelz Santana, Common and Rich Homie Quan. Read excerpts from the...
  • Nas Signs Boldy James On Newly-Launched Mass Appeal Imprint [Update: Boldy James Denies Signing To Mass Appeal]
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    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. We knew that Nas invested in the re-launched Mass Appeal magazine, and it turns out he's stepping things up a notch by launching a Mass Appeal label imprint. The first move was to sign Detroit's Boldy James, a...
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    The Underachievers (Issa Gold and AK) are about halfway through their "Eyes Of The World" tour, which has them matched up with some equally forward-thinking emcees like Denzel Curry, Dillon Cooper, and Azizi Gibson. HotNewHipHop was able to catch up with the psychedelic rap duo, who explained the approach to their upcoming project, Cellar Door, their goal to "enlighten" their generation, and the...
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    Chinx (formerly Chinx Drugz) is next in line for the Coke Boys crew, and he's already begun his plans to break through. The rapper spoke with XXL concerning his debut album, as well as how he's selecting his label. “I’m working on a bunch of deal situations," he said, indicating that he's not taking advice from anyone when choosing his label. "I control everything as far as where I...
  • Beyoncé And Jay Z Are In The Midst Of Shooting A New Music Video
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    It's been a slow news morning so far, folks, so here's a light one for you. Hip-hop and R&B's most recognizable power couple were sighted shooting a new video in Los Angeles' High Desert yesterday afternoon. A photo was captured of Hov and Bey riding a motorcycle together, the former rocking all-black and the latter a wedding dress. We assume the shoot was either for their collaborative...
  • Chris Brown's Mugshot Leaked
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    We recently featured a photo gallery of 30 Rapper Mugshots, and Chris Brown (although, yes, technically an r'n'b singer) was not on the list. Today Breezy's recent mugshot has surfaced, and it would make a prime addition to the list.  Chris Brown's mugshot was taken during his Washington, D.C. arrest back in October, but WUS9 managed to get the photo and leak it to the world wide web for us...
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    Remember the kid who went to see Kanye perform and was lucky enough to have his Red Octobers signed by 'Ye himself? Well, according to a write-up in the New York Times, he turned down a $98,000 offer for the kicks. At the Manhattan event last month, one young vendor turned away $98,000 in cash for his Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” sneakers, designed by Kanye West and signed by the...
  • Review: Dizzy Wright's "State Of Mind" EP
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    Few rappers out can say they have been rapping since the age of eight and actually mean it. Dizzy Wright has been performing long before he even hit puberty. His mother, who penned his lyrics when he was just starting out, was a concert promoter and exposed him to the industry while other children his age were playing video games and learning their multiplication times table. In 2010, he got his...
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