VIDEO: Nas Talks Possible ‘Illmatic 2’ LP + More

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VIDEO: Busta Rhymes Crowns Nas As The King Of New York

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Nas recently treated fans to a performance at Hennessy and FADER Magazine’s special collaborative event on the second night of Art Basel.  The New York legend decided to share the stage for a moment and invited fellow wordsmith, Busta Rhymes, to accompany him.  Take a look as Busta grabbed the microphone and praised Nas’ legacy in Hip Hop and his importance to the culture.  As the rapper continued his speech, he decided to crown the Queensbridge emcee as being the “King of New York.”

VIDEO: A$AP Mob – Trillmatic Feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man

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A$AP Mob is gearing up to release a new album which is yet to be titled on March 4.  The Nas-inspired track, “Trillmatic,” is the latest single to be featured off the upcoming project.  Take a listen as the song boasts a raw and gritty ’90s vibe as A$AP Nast and Method Man effortlessly ride the smooth instrumental and perform to the camera out on the streets of New York.  This one’s definitely worth a view.

VIDEO: Nas Talks Turning 40, Hip Hop Losing Its “Realness” + More On NBC’s Talk Stoop

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Nas links up for his 40th birthday with Cat Greenleaf for NBC’s Talk Stoop.  The rap veteran kicks things off with reflecting on the early days of Hip Hop and explaining why today’s culture he feels is lacking integrity.  Nas went on to elaborate that he feels Hip Hop nowadays has ultimately lost its “realness” and addresses his different personalities on and off stage.  Watch as the Queensbridge legend also encouraged Greenleaf to take the honest route after she asked for advice on how to approach her adopted black children about the use of the n-word.

VIDEO: DJ Premier Talks New Album w/ Nas, Illmatic + More

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EME Takeover catches up with DJ Premier at the Global Spin Awards and gets an exclusive update on his forthcoming collaborative album with rapper Nas.  Premo clarifies that the Queensbridge emcee is currently in the studio working on his last album with Def Jam and reassures viewers that the duo will be back in action following the project’s release.  DJ Premier also took a trip down memory lane as he reflected on his contributions to Nas’ classic LP, Illmatic, and elaborated on their long-time friendship.  Before the visual fades to black, the legendary DJ-producer speaks on who he’s been busy collaborating with as of late such as Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., Joey Bada$$ and more.

VIDEO: Nas In ‘Black Nativity’ | Film Trailer

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Take a look at this short new trailer for the upcoming film titled Black Nativity.  Legendary Hip Hop artist and Queensbridge native  Nas will star in the Hollywood remake of Langston Hughes play alongside seasoned actors such as Forest Whitaker and Angela Basset.  Singers Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige and Tyrese also make an appearance in the film.

50 Cent On Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse, Nas, G-Unit + More

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50 Cent sits down with HOT 97’s Funk Fex and gives his initial reaction to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse which has been the topic of conversation in the music industry since it surfaced.  Always one for a scathing diss record, 50 Cent co-signs the Compton rapper’s desire for competition and says it’s necessary and a part of Hip Hop.  Fif also discusses Kidd Kidd’s upcoming project and speaks on the current status of G-Unit.

What Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” Verse Means To Hip Hop | True Mag

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TDE’s Kendrick Lamar is on his way to becoming rap royalty.  Most recently, his featured verse on Big Sean’s “Control” not only impressed listeners with his lyrical abilities, but found the Compton native slipping his name among Hip Hop greats such as Jay Z, Eminem, Nas and Andre 3000.  Going a step further, Lamar decided to aim his cross hairs on the East Coast by proclaiming himself the “King Of New York.”  Since the leak of the record, Hip Hop heads and music enthusiasts everywhere have been going back and forth on the track’s significance and Kendrick’s intentions.  Check out an excerpt from a new article spotted online over at True Magazine which breaks down the controversial verse and what it really means to Hip Hop.

Since the release of Big Sean’s “Control” which originally was set to be showcased on his upcoming Hall Of Fame LP, the topic of discussion in the world of Hip Hop has been Kendrick Lamar’s guest verse.  All over the internet and across the vast lands of social media, people have been weighing in with their thoughts behind the TDE rapper putting himself on a pedestal above his peers.

“I’m usually homeboys with the same n—s I’m rhyming wit’/but this is Hip Hop and them n—s should know what time it is/ and that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale/Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller/I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you n—s’/Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n—s/They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n—s/what is competition,” raps the Compton, Calif. native.

Adding insult to injury, Kendrick’s lyrics also include: “I’m important like the Pope/I’m Muslim on pork/I’m Makaveli’s offspring/I’m the king of New York/King of the coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”

Needless to say, Lamar has single handedly sparked the fire that the industry needed in order to shift everyone’s interest back towards lyricism.  With everyone so busy turning up and focusing their efforts on “getting to the money,” artists and fans alike got too comfortable with the direction that Hip Hop found itself going in.  Though rappers have always continued to take stabs at one another from time to time, it’s been awhile since Hip Hop’s seen a respected lyricist embody that competitive spirit of the past and deliver something good enough to put our attention’s in a chokehold.

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Click the link to finish reading the article in full over at True Magazine.

VIDEO: Nas Says He Wasn’t Offended By Kendrick Lamar’s “King Of New York” Line + More

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Miss Info catches up with New York’s Nas at an industry event hosted by Hennesy and gets the Queens native’s thoughts on the mixing of art and music and Hip Hop’s current fascination with upscale pieces.  Nas kicks some knowledge and lets fans know the two worlds have always been synonymous with one another and that the people in the streets personify and embody the lifestyle.  Moving forward, Miss Info gets the opportunity to get Nas’ take on Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse.  The Queensbridge MC plays it cool and almost brushes off the question by simply replying, “wow.”  Nas makes it clear he’s happy about where Hip Hop is right now and also clarifies he was not offended by Kendrick’s “King Of New York” line.