Vibe’s Mikey Fresh catches up with Nasir Jones for an exclusive one-on-one interview. In the clip below, Fresh gets down to business and asks the question that’s always lingered on the minds of hip hop enthusiasts, would Nas ever consider releasing an Illmatic 2? Take a look as Nas opens up and shares his thoughts on his legendary debut album and goes on to address his legacy in music.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
J. Cole takes the stage and treats the crowd to a special live performance of “Let Nas Down.” The ode to the Queensbridge MC gets a unique remix as Cole decides to perform the song over Nas’ classic “NY State Of Mind” instrumental backed by a live band.