Posts Tagged ‘Nas’
So… you don’t have to travel all the way to the Down Under for that special underground feel. But doesn’t it sound like that’s where some crazy dopeness should jump off all the time? Well, agree or agree to disagree, it did a week or so ago. Nas did “Hate Me Now” on stage (classic, that good gas)… with The Soul Rebels backing him (that high-performance premium unleaded)! Check the footage from Byron Bay Bluesfest, Australia.
Nas getting down on “The Get Down Part II” soundtrack with this jawn “Angels With Dirty Faces.” iTunes credits the song to “Nasir Jones as Mr. Books,” as in one of the characters on the Netflix series.
Tellin’ y’all… music will make some of this stuff on TV watchable. Full disclosure: Silicon Valley is not on just TV… it’s on HBO. So listen up to the G.O.D.M.C. flowing over this “Systematic” beat perfection laid out by DJ Shadow. And maybe check for the series Silicon Valley (becuase, on the soundtrack, maaaaan).
DJ Scratch says “Illmatic” was the best complete Hip-Hop album ever! It is not a unique stance, but watching the video above will give you the sense that he’d take a strong stance against anyone who’d say otherwise.
#DJScratch selects #Nas’ #Illmatic for his #BestAlbums selection. The #Brooklyn #DJ-#producer explains how Nas’ first album changed rap & why the production from #DJPremier #LargeProfessor #QTip #PeteRock was so groundbreaking. Hit us up in the comments section and let us know what you think.
Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse’s Main Producer, Speaks On Her Artistic Influence, Dying At 27 And More (Video)
Ohhhh! Amy Winehouse’s main producer was Salaam Remi? That’s one of Nas’ go-to producers. Wonder if that is what put them in contact (e.g. both working with and trusting Remi), allowing them to grow their friendship. Or was it that those two were friends… and one introduced the other to Salaam Remi.
Salaam Remi is one of the producers who worked heavily with the late Amy Winehouse. The producer discusses meeting Amy, and how they would come together to produce jazz music. He goes on to speak about her issues with love, her sense of humor and how that affected her music. Despite producing a majority of Amy’s work, Salaam reveals he did not get a Grammy alongside the songstress. Salaam talks, Amy’s legacy after the troubled singer died at just 27 years old.
Get right to it: Who is Nas feeling among the newer school artists of now. Cole & Kendrick, certainly. But Weezy though? Interesting, but much too short from Nas, clip from Revolt’s “Music Talks” Series.
This title should be updated to include “Vs. The Diabolical Biz Markie” (dope live performer)! Great point made about real emcees, real MCs, deserving credit for Moving Crowds. Rakim (on the list, in the title) said that in his rhyme. And at its foundations, real MC-ing, THAT’S HIP-HOP! I like the energy of this debate as much as the content. Vlad and RA get it in!
(Those other guys in the title… they a’ight on the mic, too… except Vlad Haa!)
Talk about some West Coast on East Coast ish… Cali-bred producer Oh No grabbed another Q-Boro cake out the stack and reheated it. This “Fast Life” remix is his take on the Kool G Rap & Nas collabo from a good few years ago. Check it out.
Interesting. VERY! Has-Lo redoing the Nassir classic project “I Am”…bold move! It panned out though. Has-lo finally decided to share it with the world, literally, because this is a FREE download. Check out what Has-Lo has to say about this Version:
I was going through my hard drive and came across these. A few years ago I was working on a remix version of Nas’ “I Am”. I never completed it due to some technical issues. These rough mixes are all that’s left of the project. I figured it’d be pointless to sit on them. Maybe some of you will enjoy them. Some of these beats will be remade and used for other things, some will only exist here. Anyway, I hope you dig it.
DOWNLOAD: NAS – I AM (THE HAS-LO VERSION)
Hmm… If you are not up on your “Any Given Wednesday” (hosted by Bill Simmons on HBO) watching, now’s as goo a time as any to catch up. Discussion goes in on everything from tatts to the best b-baller to rap to perhaps a budding “rap-like” beef between guest Kevin Durant and former teammate Russell Westbrook. And you know guest Nas can weigh in on much of that.
And both guests agree… Every basketball player wants to be a rapper. And every rapper wants to be a basketball player. Bill’s got both on here. Great show! Start with the clip above and continue after the jump below.
DAAAAMN THIS SH!T IS DOPE! The “Nas Album Done” song was already a banger, but this music video is a POWER move! Just look at it… by that meaning look at it like a MOVIE. Theatrically delivered, down to the credits rolling at the end (chock full of power movers, too… read the credits). Worth noting that 50 Cent go-to video director Eif Rivera is in on this one doing the work with DJ Khaled behind the camera. So much shine for the G.O.D.M.C. Nassir and Mr. “Major Key” on this one. Great way to maintain the momentum for the album.
(The pal-arounds between Khaled & Ox in this vid are everything! Okay, that, and the bevy of THICK beauties at the end. WHEW!)
Stirring. “This Bitter Land” is a bit o’ provocation from the soundtrack for “The Land” (as in CleveLAND), the forthcoming coming-of-age skater movie being produced by Nas and Machine Gun Kelly. The former teams up with Erykah Badu on this track you gotta take at least two listens to.
Definitely NOT ‘Becky With The Good Hair’… but Nia Long (so f#cking sexy!) stays up in rappers’ rhymes (like J. Cole’s… she keeps toying with that young man… ha!). Here she is, on with Jimmy Kimmel, speaking on her sustained popularity within emcees’ rhyme schemes.
Nia talks about a few of the various times she’s been mentioned in rap lyrics and explains how a Nas song led her to purchase a cherry thong.
Hold on. Point of order, Jimmy. It was HORSE with Bravehearts (Nas’ crew) that put that ‘cherry thong’ on Nia in his “Oochie Wally” rhyme. Sweet mercy!
In his own words, he’got a lot on the table right now. Shout of mad respect to the G-O-D-M-C Nassir Jones. Streets been watching, with so much pride and admiration. Nas is the business! See him above talking about the biz he is handling (and all kinds of scoops).
It’s been about four years since Nas blessed the world with his last full-length album, Life Is Good. Despite this hiatus, he hasn’t stopped making music and developing new partnerships. The Queens rapper was recently featured on remixes with The Weeknd, Future, French Montana, and Kanye West, and this week he caught up with Complex News in Los Angeles to discuss his new collaboration for the Ghostbusters movie.
Dope lineup begets dope song begets dope visuals. The math is as simple as that. Check our work on this word problem by checking out the video featuring French Montana, Kanye West, and Nas. In other words, watch them “Figure It Out” maaaaan!
(Eif Rivera did this one? Hmm… Branching out from doing 50 Cent visuals. Cool cool.)
A casualty of war. Don Joey tells a real story of how what was seen as good for the Culture… but left Terror Squad out in the cold. The definition of what real studio gamesmanship, beef over beats, Jay Z vs. Nas, happened then ended amicably; for most all but Joe and his bros (that would include Remy, on the couch there with him).
Watch and let Fat Joe tell you how it was and is right quick.