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.
The Roots Picnic 2015 Announces Line-Up
The Roots will be putting on their 8th annual Roots Picnic this coming summer in Philadelphia. They've tapped a dope line-up for this year, with a mix of rap and r'n'b, mainstream and indie, albeit, mostly indie. The Roots Picnic headliners will be The Roots and The Weeknd. In addition, you'll be able to catch A$AP Rocky, Phantogram, Erykah Badu (backed by The Roots), Hudson Mohawke, DJ Mustard, Raury, Bishop Nehru, Marc E. Bassy, Rae Sremmurd and more.
Yo Gotti, DeJ Loaf, Que & More Confirmed For SXSW 2015 [Update: Big K.R.I.T., E-40, Run The Jewels & Tons More Added]
It's that time of year again. After we got the lineups for Coachella and NYC's Governer's Ball last week, Austin's annual South By Southwest event has unveiled its preliminary list of performers. More will be added in the coming weeks, but for now check out the confirmed artists from the hip-hop/R&B world below.
10 Essential Bishop Nehru Tracks
Bishop Nehru is one of the young guns coming up in the hip-hop world. With enough respect to have a collaboration project with MF Doom, a tour with Wu-Tang Clan and airtime on Hot 97, it's safe to say that he is in a position to blow up. He's done this without the help of pop hooks and DJ Mustard production, making his success a story of artistry rather than mainstream mumbo-jumbo. He was, however, one of the first rappers to pair with Disclosure when their garage-revival sound was breaking in the US.
Bishop Nehru's Next Album To Be Executive Produced By Nas
Bishop Nehru may have just dropped his new album with MF DOOM, NehruvianDOOM (which we reviewed here), but he's already got his next project lined up, with assistance from one of rap's living legends.
Review: Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM's "NehruvianDOOM"
In superhero literature, it's not uncommon for an aging master like Bruce Wayne to find himself a protégé. Often arriving at our hero's lowest point -- after the death in the family or, perhaps, a critical injury -- this stranger inspires the hero to get back to doing what he does best: fighting crime and selling a ton of movie theater tickets.
Stream Bishop Nehru & MF Doom's "NehruvianDOOM" Album
Bishop Nehru and MF Doom have collaborated on an entire album, the highly anticipated NehruvianDOOM. The album doesn't actually drop until October 6th, but leading up to the album release, Pitchfork has an exclusive stream of the LP.
Samples Of The Week: September 25
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Kendrick Lamar, Logic and Bishop Nehru & DOOM sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Nas Announces Release Date For Mass Appeal Compilation Album
Back in May, we announced that Nas' new Mass Appeal record label imprint would be releasing a compilation featuring the label's first signees. A few months later, a picture of the label is a bit clearer with the knowledge of Boldy James, Bishop Nehru and Fashawn's signing, and now we have a release date for the compilation.
Bishop Nehru Announces Release Date For MF DOOM Collaborative Album
Bishop Nehru is a relatively new rapper, but he's already been able to make an impact on the NY rap scene, since dropping his debut project Nehruvia in May of 2013. The tape was a good indication of the young MC, with his beat selection decidedly old school; production ranges from MF Doom to Madlib to J Dilla.